I think all of us can agree that it really pays to be bilingual, however, foreign language study is surely not everyone’s cup of tea. Foreign language often helps students augment their understanding of their own language in addition to the new language that they are learning. However, a fully rounded high school education must include a few credits of a foreign language. Each state has their own guidelines, yet on average the state foreign requirement boils down to two full credits. The student typically has their choice of what foreign language they would like to learn. Most common languages include Spanish, French, German, and even Latin.
Students are under no obligation to take the language credits at a particular time. However, it is typically best to take at least two consecutive years of a language. If a student desires to be fluent in the language that they are studying they should consider 3-4 years of study in that language or some additional time investment. This might include a summer internship in a country that speaks the language or even an extended mission trip.
Here are a few free curriculum offerings for the most common types of languages studied in high school.
|Spanish||Destinos – video series123 Teach Me– Spanish resourcesSpanish Hour – FREE 50 lessons!BBC Learn Spanish websiteLanguage Master – Free online Spanish lessonSAS Curriculum Pathways – free Spanish resources
Library – they have great audio recordings etc.
|French||BBC Learn French– websiteBonjour– French lessons/review onlineFree French Foreign Language College CoursesCarnegie Melon Elementary FrenchFrench in Action – videosLanguage Master French lessons|
|German||BBC Learn German– free lessonsLearn How to Speak GermanLanguage Master– German lessons onlineDeutsch Interactiv – Learn German for FreeGerman Grammar TrainerGerman Text – bookBeginner’s German – new course|
|Latin||Free online Latin courseGetting Started with Classical LatinLinneys Online Latin Class– free courseCambridge Latin Course – must purchase book but resources are free – videos, exercises, etc.|
View other Homeschooler’s Guides…..