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Betchel Books
Powerspeak
BrainGrow: Power-Glide Language Courses
Concordia Language Villages
Digame en espanol
Greek 'n' Stuff
Penton Overseas
Northern Arizona University


Bechtel Books – Speedy Spanish and More

By Michael Leppert

Bechtel Books is a family business located in the Cascade Mountains, which avidly serves Christian schools and homeschoolers with excellent books, curriculum and supplemental materials. Their website, www.speedy-spanish.com is a one-stop for a wide variety of excellent, imaginative homeschool resources, including some wholesome true stories from Rod & Staff, CAM, and Christian Light books.

The Bechtel family has been serving Christian homeschoolers for over 20 years and they bring excellent products besides books, such as Bible-verse posters to be colored and hung on the wall. Bechtel also allows you to copy the posters for your own use! Another interesting product offered is a set of Christian Ethics—a study of the book of Proverbs for junior high and high school age students -- a textbook, a workbook, answer key; tests and answer key are also available. The teaching of the subject of Ethics is sorely needed today and good materials are often difficult to find.

Another popular and very valuable section of Bechtel’s catalog is that of Spanish Language learning. While many Americans think of Latin America when they think of Spanish, in reality, it is one of the oldest Western European languages and Spain has some of the most significant literature and history of any country. Besides that, Spanish is quickly becoming the second- or third-most important language in the world, with over 350 million native speakers and many more secondary speakers. Because there are so many native Spanish speakers in the U.S., it is relatively easy to hear it spoken personally and practice conversationally. Another benefit is that Spanish makes an excellent “gateway” language for the study of Italian and a supplemental study language to Latin. Spanish and Latin have much vocabulary in common and some linguists believe that Medieval Latin (at least) was pronounced like modern Spanish, so it provides some of the only pronunciation insights available to today’s Latin student.

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Powerspeak Powerspeak

Award-winning online foreign language program designed just for kids

As a family who homeschools, you understand that not every child thrives in a traditional classroom setting. We at K12 understand that providing a non-traditional learning environment can sometimes be a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be.

K12, the nation's leading online curriculum provider, offers 29 award-winning* powerspeaK12 foreign language courses online, giving your children—aged 5 through high school—a chance to talk to the world in Spanish, French, German, Latin, or Chinese. Advanced placement® courses are available to high school students, offering your children a cost-effective way to earn college credit while they're still in high school

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AudioForum

Imagine “An Evening With Robert Frost” listening to the great American poet read his own work! Or the legendary Austrian Economist, Ludwig von Mises giving his lecture “Why Socialism Always Fails” Or one of Winston Churchill’s historic radio speeches, aimed at inspiring courage and strengthening the collective will, as Britain awaited the first onslaught from the Nazis . . . William F. Buckley and F. Lee Bailey . . .  FDR’s Fireside Chats -- these and other incredible moments in modern recorded history are available to you from one of the premier educational recording providers – Audio Forum. One of the first companies to utilize modern recording technology for language-learning purposes, Audio Forum also has a section of its extensive catalog devoted to original sound recordings from some of the greatest “voices” of the 20th century. Talk about history coming alive! Only through the modern media or radio and recording can you and your family truly experience first-hand, some of these shaping moments in recent history.

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Tuttle Publishing’s Flash Cards Offer a Unique & Inexpensive Way to Learn a New Language

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Are you trying to teach your homeschooler a second language? Learning a foreign tongue is an important academic discipline for a well-rounded homeschool education, especially for college-bound homeschoolers, as foreign language studies is a must-have criteria for earning a bachelor’s degree.

Tuttle Publishing makes learning and retaining foreign language skills fun and entertaining with their new flash cards sets, which are designed to each children 64 new words in Chinese.

Competitively priced at only $19.95, the Tuttle Chinese For Kids Flash Cards Kit Volume 1 is a complete learning system, one that every homeschool family can benefit from. (Save 30 percent by ordering directly on their website: only $13.96!)

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Digame en espanol
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Dígame en español is revolutionizing the way home-schoolers gain their Spanish foreign language credits. With the introduction of web conferencing into the program, learning is enhanced as never before when students practice with a Spanish-speaking moderator and other students in a classroom setting.
 
Textbooks, workbooks, online games and Teacher Presentation DVDs promote learning at any time, any place and any pace. A one–on-one teaching format is constantly being reinforced with many hands–on learning experiences.  Before very long you are speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish!
 
Dígame en español is the vision of Peggy Mayhall-Brown. After 34 years as a Spanish teacher and guidance counselor, she recognized the void that home-school students and their parents face in obtaining their required Carnegie Units in foreign language for high school graduation. She holds a BA from the University of South Alabama and a MS in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas.

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braingrowlogoYour Source for Power-Glide Foreign Language Adventure Courses
Available in Spanish, French, German and Latin

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Review by Linda K. Foster

Whether you’re a businessperson, student, or traveler, brushing up on a language or interested in learning a new one, Power-Glide, available through BrainGrow, is a fast, fun and effective source for learning a second language.

A plethora of research exists supporting the personal, cognitive, academic and societal benefits of learning a second language. An obvious personal benefit is having an expanded access to people and resources. Students speaking more than one language are able to communicate with more people, read more literature and function more fully while traveling. Second languages afford alternative ways of expression and help foster an appreciation for the customs and achievements of other cultures.

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Concordia Language Villages: The world of academic summer camps

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In 1961, Dr. Gerhard Haukebo, a professor at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., created a two-week German camp for children ages 7-12. The counselors were college language education majors willing to try a new total immersion language program. Haukebo imagined an entire immersion model that eventually came to include Village passports, "customs", native speakers, authentic architecture, cultural cuisine and realia.

In 2005, Concordia Language Villages, a non-profit organization, celebrated its 45th anniversary by offering 13 languages to nearly 9500 youths between the ages of seven and 18. Villagers come from all 50 states as well as several other countries for one-, two- or four-week sessions at sites located in Minnesota and Georgia. In addition, there are adult and family programs in language and cultural immersion and Village Weekends for teachers and their students (or Homeschoolers and their parents!) during the academic year

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Much more than Greek to Me!
Review by Jeffrey Paul Oakar

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With so many inferior language systems on the market, on those “blue moon” moments when a great system hits the market, it should be snapped up immediately! Such is the case with Greek ‘n’ Stuff’s Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!” The program’s main idea is to assist your family in acquiring an understanding of ancient biblical Greek (known as Koine). This is done using a system of reading and writing activities, as well as vocabulary and grammar work.

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Northern Arizona University   Educación Española
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Educación Española Teaches Spanish en Su Casa
by Linda Pliagas

Hola! Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language? Would you like to incorporate professional Spanish lessons brought to you by a leading university professor? Educación Española is an excellent way for beginning students to incorporate the study of a foreign language en su casa [at your home].

Developed by the on-camera professor, R. Scott Morris, Ed.D. (Roberto is his Spanish name), the DVD series is impressive in its high-quality production and introduction to Spanish in a friendly and relaxed manner.  The DVD is filmed from the Northern Arizona University.  The set is decorated with traditional Mexican décor, adding to the authentic flair and charm of the production.

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Penton Overseas - Foreign Language Learning for the iPod
Review by Jeffrey Paul Oakar

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With so many inferior language systems on the market, on those “blue moon” moments when a great system hits the market, it should be snapped up immediately! Such is the case with Greek ‘n’ Stuff’s Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!” The program’s main idea is to assist your family in acquiring an understanding of ancient biblical Greek (known as Koine). This is done using a system of reading and writing activities, as well as vocabulary and grammar work.

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