I had two years of Spanish in high school. I can remember a few phrases from that time period. Even with my two years of Spanish, the thought of teaching my children a foreign language has me panicked. Conjugating verbs and rolling the tongue seriously has me having heart palpitations. This fear had me jumping at the chance to review Excelerate SPANISH Streaming from Excelerate SPANISH.
What is Excelerate SPANISH Streaming?
Excelerate SPANISH Streaming is an online Spanish program. Through recorded videos, and the repetition of actions and gestures, as well as skits, the learning is entirely immersive. Each lesson gives the user a variety of experiences in which they are able to use “concrete stimuli” to really think about and understand the words and phrases that they are being taught.
The cost of the Excelerate SPANISH Streaming, at the time of this blog posting, $14.97 a month, and includes Levels 1 and 2. There are also workbooks available for purchase, however, I was not given one of these to review.
Both Level 1 and Level 2 consists of 24 video lessons each. Lessons are between 30 and 50 minutes long, and includes the teacher modeling the correct pronunciation and movements for each word or phrase. The videos begin with the vocabulary words being pronounced and given a gesture to help show the meaning. The words are also written on the whiteboard in the video.
The words are introduced during a conversation or story and follow a logical flow.
The videos also show students interacting with the vocabulary words in a variety of ways, such as performing skits.
Vocabulary practice, such as quizzes and flashcards, can be utilized for FREE on the Quizlet website.
How Did We Use It?
We used Excelerate SPANISH Streaming one or two times a week, for about 15 minutes each day. Sometimes we used it longer, or more frequently. All three of my children utilized this program, and I even found myself being involved in the lesson as a learner.
What Did We Think?
As a whole, we liked the program, and will continue to use it. There were definite pros and cons about it.
We really liked that the program in immersive. You learn Spanish in context, however, the videos moved very fast, and my children felt overwhelmed at times. They felt like they couldn’t get the necessary practice they needed, even with the Quizlet website, so we found ourselves replaying the video to gain more practice.
The use of gestures and hand motions was very beneficial to my children, as they are kinesthetic learners, however, my children really struggled with not having print work. They would be ones to benefit from the workbook. Sometimes the videos were grainy or unsteady and they couldn’t see the words on the board. This disconnect between seeing the word written, and hearing it being said allowed for some confusion.
I will say that there were some personal issues that I had with some of the lessons. My children were triggered by one part of the lesson. A mom has become impatient with her child and begins throwing objects because she is aggravated. My children were adopted from foster care. They have lived in circumstances where they were treated in cruel ways, and that section of the lesson brought up some of those issues.
Overall, the method used to teach Excelerate SPANISH Streaming is beneficial to children who learn best by doing. As we continue using the program, we will purchase workbooks so that my children can get the entire experience. I will also be pre-watching the lessons to become aware of any possible triggers that they may be exposed to.
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