I last saw you at the conference in Portland. I originally met you at your class which I observed when I was considering your program for my 7-year-old.
My daughter, 13, has taken Latin and Spanish with tutors in our home. She is currently registered for Spanish 2 through the local school district. I am considering putting her in a different program since I didn't feel she is learning enough in this setting.
She was the only 7th grader in Spanish 1 with all 9th graders last year. She knew almost everything they covered.
I am nervous that only meeting one time/week is not enough to get her fluent. Do you tutor outside of your class time. I want her conversing in Spanish often.
She is traveling next June for a short-term missions trip (with dad & brother).
Do you still have room in your Spanish class this summer? She is probably level 2.
Any input you have will be appreciated! Thank you!
May God Bless You Today,
To answer your questions, it's great to see such an enthusiastic and ambitious mom for her daughter's learning. Your concern about meeting just one day a week is legitimate. God did a good job of mixing languages up at the Tower of Babel. But, fortunately He also did a good job of gifting the Church to straighten out the language mess and difficulty of learning (Acts 2-4).
The best Spanish learning would occur in a fully comprehensible immersion setting, full time for months on end, with no English breaks at all. That way a student would become a very fluent speaker in a matter of about 3-6 months. There are some situations like this, too; they're called homestays while attending a Spanish language school. If you really want your daughter to become fluent as fast as possible, this is the way to do it. Or, she could go on a 6 month mission trip where nothing but Spanish is spoken. 13 years of age is young for this, but not at all prohibitive.
Otherwise, you are left to piecing together an alternative way of accomplishing the same goal while here in the US. One possibility for this is a Spanish immersion school. The trouble with this, of course, is that it's not homeschooling, and all of the Spanish immersion schools that I know of are government funded, evolutionist-teaching, and all the rest. But, in one year of school immersion your daughter would be fluent, or nearly fluent.
Other than that, a program that uses TPRS (not TPR) is the only way to go. This is what I offer, but I only do it one day per week, per site location, because most homeschool parents only want to make the trek to class one day per week - they are juggling full loads. I supplement the one day with a component of TPRS homework during the week, which helps, but it's not as good as being in class, in Spanish, all day, every day.
The bottom line as for my advice to you is, if you do not want to do one of the above full-time options, to do the following:
1) Get your daughter reading tons of material in Spanish; you can start with very simple children's books from the library.
2) Get her plugged in to multiple e-pals (pen pals online) from Spanish-speaking cultures.
3) Have her join my Spanish class - she will learn a lot there.
4) Have her keep a running list of all of the new words that she encounters on a pocket notebook. Transfer these words to the computer and print them out in flashcard format. Have her learn the flashcards and, when learned, put the flashcards up on her bedroom wall, Spanish side up, so that she can view them when she wakes up and goes to bed.
5) Pray for her success. (This should have been #1.)
6) Attend a Spanish-speaking church service regularly, maybe just as a supplement to your present church.
7) Meet Hispanics and have them over for meals, etc.
8) Learn Spanish with her. (Parents are free in my classes.)
9) Link her up with students in Latin American countries by Skype for live-chat time.
10) Watch movies with subtitles on and use the pause button as often as necessary to understand the Spanish.
11) Memorize verb conjugations, and know the meanings of the various conjugations.
12) Get Spanish worship music with the lyrics and learn lots of songs.
If you do these things consistently for one year, she should be speaking fairly well by the end of the year.
I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask,
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