Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching High School Foreign Language

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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 can Choose the Foreign Language that they Enjoy!

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.

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Free High School Foreign Language Curriculum

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.

 

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About 

Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been an education professor for over 17 years. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 9-15) in a sweet tea sippin’, wrap around porch sittin’, sweet southern Georgia town. Jamie is also a contributing author at Online Education for Kids and MomSCHOOL


February 23, 2013

Comments

  1. Eva Varga says:
    Posted February 18, 2014 9:36 am

    This is a great list! My daughter has recently expressed interest in learning Spanish so I will share this with her. :)

  2. Jamie says:
    Posted December 26, 2013 5:30 pm

    Here are some great links for learning Italian...
    The BBC language courses http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/

    Free Italian Language Learning Resources http://www.iluss.it/schede_gram_free.html

    Italian lessons http://italian.about.com/od/lessons/tp/italian-language-lessons.htm

  3. KC Bird says:
    Posted November 13, 2013 10:43 pm

    I found a great site where my High Schooler learned to improve their pronunciation. http://lingohut.com/ has some really fun games and they teach a selection of languages. My daughter and I learned Dutch it is our secret language. My daughter learned Spanish first. I wish we would have know about this site when she was learning Spanish.

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