What is Middlebury Interacive Languages?
Middlebury Interactive Languages is an online foreign language course. They offer foreign language learning in Spanish, French, Chinese and German. Some languages cover all grades (K-12), the others start at grade 3 up to grade 12, with some advanced placement courses as well. All of the courses are online so you will need a computer to go through the program.
The story being used are familiar ones so that the child is not lost even if he does not understand all the words. He can still have an idea of what is being said. Examples: Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast.
The exercises consist mainly of drag and drop and matching exercises, easy to manage for younger kids. The instructions are in English which makes it easier for the child to work on the course independently.
The speaking lab consists of repeating vocabulary and recording oneself. You even get to hear yourself afterwards. I wish it was self-correcting though.
Each lesson and unit ends with quizzes. All the quizzes and tests are graded and kept on file.
It is important to note that the program involves a lot of oral repetition from the student, so a microphone (built-in or external) is necessary to have the maximum benefit from the program. MY son actually had fun hearing himself repeat the words and expressions.
We found the elementary level pretty easy, but my son has had earlier exposure to French, so we ended up skipping some sections. This program does not require you to have any prerequisites and the elementary levels teaches basics words and phrases such as greetings, numbers, family numbers, and parts of the body to name a few topics.
What we like about Middlebury Interactive Languages:
- Easy to use and navigate.
- Interactive and engaging.
- Interesting stories and catchy songs.
- Whole language learning.
- Variety of exercises with immediate feedback.
- You have access to the quizzes for review.
Price is for one semester (6 months - 45 days of content)
$119 without a teacher. You can add a teacher (for help and support) to your subscription for an total cost of $175.