Do you have someone in your home that really would like to learn Spanish? Maybe you are taking a trip to a Spanish speaking country and need to quickly learn some useful phrases. Well, Excelerate Spanish just may be the program you need. My son loves languages, and has recently decided to learn Spanish. Because of this, we were quite excited to be picked to review Excelerate SPANISH Streaming from Excelerate SPANISH. Here is what we found…
A Little Bit About Excelerate SPANISH Streaming
Excelerate SPANISH Streaming is an online program designed to teach students conversational Spanish. This program is quite different from other language learning programs we have used. Instead of starting off with things like letters, numbers, days-of-the-week, etc., this program begins with learning actual phrases. Because of this, Excelerate SPANISH Streaming would be great for those visiting a Spanish speaking country. If you have the need to learn Spanish quickly, this is the program for you.
How We Used The Product
This program is video-based, which means you can progress through each lesson at your own pace. Each lesson includes a video that is around a half-hour in length. They also includes Quizlet activities and a Quizlet quiz, as well as additional resource links.
Since my son has been used to programs that begin with vocabulary, he was a little bit surprised to find verbs and sentence structure with the first few lessons. He decided he would need to spend more time on each lesson, and is only completing one lesson per week. Sometimes this is too much and he needs a couple of weeks.
He begins the week with the video tutorial, which he watches more than once so he can take notes. Then he spends a few days reviewing Quizlet activities, and by the end of the week, he is ready to tackle the quiz.
Not Your Traditional Way To Learn A Language
My son struggles with this program, as he would like to see it move a lot slower and cover easier material first. From the very first lesson, students are given phrases and actions to go with these phrases, but no real instruction as to how these phrases work. In the beginning, students are encouraged to simply do the actions, and not speak the language as the teacher gives them phrases to “say” with their body actions.
Peaking ahead at further lessons, we discovered that this does not stop even through the last lessons in level one. In lesson 20, the students visit the doctor’s office, and are given the phrase for urinalysis. We had to chuckle, as we were not sure when this would be necessary to know even in English. Eventually, in level two, you can hear students actually speaking some Spanish, but not really until then.
If you are looking for a traditional Spanish language program, this may not be the right program for you. If you have a need to learn Spanish phrases quickly, then you may find this program works well. We really need a program that focuses on letter sounds, vocabulary, verb conjugation and sentence structure in a very beginner level.
Seth (age 13)
“What I liked about this program is that the hand motions kind of helped me remember the words that were learned. However, I did not like that the teacher talked too fast, and I don’t feel like I am learning any real Spanish.”
“I was surprised by this program, as I thought there would be more speaking and writing involved. This may be great for the kinesthetic learners that needs to get physical with their learning. However, it really did not meet our needs at this time.”
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