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Adelante Spanish Curriculum from Vista Higher Learning

Well designed Spanish curriculum, great for homeschool

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Adelante Spanish Curriculum from Vista Higher Learning

  • Mar 13, 2010
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Vista Higher Learning (www.vistahigherlearning.com) publishes a variety of foreign language study textbooks for the romance languages.  The homeschool extension school (Biola Star Academics) where I teach Spanish 1 and 2 made the switch to Vista's Adelante brand this academic year.  The curriculum is wonderful.  There was a steep learning curve in September for the students due to the extensive use of online homework exercises; however, once the students adjusted to the new method, they made rapid progress.  The curriculum has a colorful layout, engaging graphics, and detailed grammatical explanations.  Consumable workbook pages are included at the end of each lesson; very effective online exercises corresponding to each section of every lesson complete the curriculum.  Students can do online homework (automatically graded and tracked for teacher convenience), listen to audio exercises and respond (with a headset/mike  if the student has set up the system for this), and view various video clips corresponding to each lesson (culture, geography, and grammar/conversation).   I currently use this curriculum in classroom situations for Spanish 2 and 3, and will be using the level 1 next year.  While the curriculum is not specifically designed for homeschooled students, due to the rich online components, I imagine it could easily be used effectively for home study.  In my experience as a homeschool mom and high school teacher, I can say there are a few subjects that are perhaps better taught in a group setting:  literature, orchestral instruments, and foreign language.  However, if a homeschooled student were motivated, I feel the Adelante curriculum would lend itself to self study. 
Adelante Spanish Curriculum from Vista Higher Learning

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