Welcome teachers and administrators!
Whatever your situation, your school can have an excellent Spanish program this fall. We make it easy on you by customizing our curriculum to work effectively for your requirements — whether your students are learning at home or at school, with or without a Spanish teacher.
Private, charter, and public school districts use our program for students in pre-K through 8th grade. Depending on the content you choose to cover, the program lasts from one year to several and can be used for the duration of elementary school or part of middle school as a complete or supplemental curriculum. For schools that prefer or require offline instruction, we also offer our complete curriculum through physical products such as DVDs and workbooks.
Why our Spanish program works
Our entire curriculum is thematically connected through a central story all about kids, resulting in engaged students who are comfortable with the ongoing familiarity of the program even when new material is presented. The story is presented through short, entertaining video lessons of kids speaking Spanish in lifelike events common in children’s everyday lives but with an added element of humor. The video lessons use a gentle but effective building-block immersion that trains the student’s ear to Spanish, easing them into immersion and getting them to think in Spanish early on. Beyond the videos, the wide variety of learning activities offers something for nearly all types of learners. Repetition and review is naturally built into the videos and activities so students don’t forget the Spanish from earlier levels. Instead, with each advancing level, students build on what they’ve already learned, with oral skills advancing from individual words and short phrases to sequences of complex sentences.
Using the curriculum with a Spanish teacher
The program was designed to give schools and teachers flexibility. Our online curriculum can be accessed independently from home or in the classroom. The program includes short videos as well as quizzes, interactive activities, and an optional culture and geography component. Instructors can choose to set the rate at which students progress through the material, or let students advance at their own pace.
In class, teachers can use lesson plans from our Teacher’s Guides to draw from a breadth of hands-on activities that reinforce the video lessons. While basic reading and writing skills are covered, these activities focus on developing students’ speaking abilities in a spontaneous and natural way so they feel comfortable speaking Spanish in and outside of class.
The program includes built-in benchmarks so teachers and administrators can easily track and record student progress. Additionally, individual scorecards help to motivate students and build their confidence as they progress through the program.
Using the curriculum without a Spanish teacher
Regardless of which of the options below is selected, the entirety of the online platform is available for students to use at home. Students can watch short video lessons, answer practice questions, play audio review games, take short quizzes, and complete interactive activities. The curriculum also includes an optional culture and geography component. Students have their own scorecards that help to motivate them and build their confidence as they progress through the program. The program also has built-in benchmarks that allow for teachers, administrators, and parents to easily ascertain and communicate what students are achieving. If applicable, this data can be used to satisfy district or state language requirements.
To make the most out of our curriculum without having a Spanish teacher, one or more educators (e.g., gen-ed teachers, paraeducators, etc.) can facilitate the Spanish program at your school/district. Your facilitator(s) can be as involved or hands-off as you require, and do not need to speak Spanish — we provide all the direction you need.
Option A: Hands-off instruction
Students can learn entirely independently online at home, or in a language lab/technology classroom. In this case, the facilitator need only ensure that students are using the program for the desired amount of time and that they are progressing through the material at an acceptable pace.
Option B: Moderate involvement
Your students primarily learn on their own online, but facilitators set up one or two stations with hands-on activities for small groups of students. Facilitators don’t teach but explain the simple activities at each station. You choose the activities such as simple card games, drawings, or activity pages/worksheets. Many such activities are described in our Teacher’s Guides, and can be easily adapted for online learning.
Option C: More engaged involvement
In addition to learning through our online platform, students regularly meet as a class to complete a variety of hands-on activities provided in our lesson plans. The facilitator directs the students in different class activities and games which get students speaking Spanish (without the facilitator having to). The facilitator can also assign specific at-home activities to complete on the online platform and differentiate the types of activities assigned to students based on their abilities and preferences.
What our Spanish program teaches
Program emphasis is teaching students to understand and speak day-to-day Spanish conversation
The program focuses on developing strong comprehension and speaking skills. Basic reading, writing, and grammar skills are also taught but not required to use the program.
Reading and writing
Online, students build reading and writing skills with the reading quizzes and interactive activities. Offline, students develop reading and writing skills with our print workbooks and the hands-on activities included in the lesson plans.
Culture & geography
We believe that an important part of learning Spanish is also understanding the people and culture connected to the language. Our program includes an optional culture and geography unit for teachers who have the time to cover this material. These units include fun facts and idioms for eight Spanish-speaking countries (Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Panama, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico). Each unit also has a comic about the experiences of a group of friends from different places around the world and emphasize kindness and acceptance. These comics are typically read and discussed together as a class.
Who uses our program
Our Spanish curriculum is appropriate for all beginning Spanish students. The curriculum has ample content for younger, non-reading students as well as more challenging and age-appropriate material for older students. Since our teaching approach is similar to how our first language is acquired, the program is makes it easier and more natural for students of all ages to build essential comprehension skills. Speaking skills are developed more spontaneously through the hands-on activities and games.
Students can access our online platform by logging in with custom credentials you determine, or with ClassLink or Clever.
Preschool and elementary school students learning Spanish
Many teachers and parents use our program for their preschool and elementary school students. Typically, the program is used as a full curriculum but it can also be a supplemental or parallel curriculum used with another program or materials. Since our program can be facilitated by a teacher or supervising adult who does not know Spanish, it provides a unique opportunity for preschools and elementary schools to offer a Spanish program when they can’t afford a Spanish teacher or have difficulty finding one in their area.
Middle and high school students learning Spanish
For beginning Spanish students, schools use our program for their middle school students in their language labs, as a full or supplemental curriculum. Because of the quality and effectiveness of our video series, Spanish teachers and tutors also use the video portion of our program as a supplement for their high school and even adult students.
How to get started or learn more
Schools and teachers purchase our Spanish program through an annual or multi-year license. Since the program is customizable, schools and teachers choose and pay only for what they will use. Our prices are competitive and we nearly always find a way to work within a school or individual teacher’s budget.
If you would like to discuss your needs with us or are interested in a brief walk-through of the program, please email or call us.
Or, sign up for our free 30-day trial here!
To see the topics we cover in each level of the program, take a quick peek at the Quick Peek Chart!
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