Foreign language boring? Not any more!
Many homeschoolers have told us at conventions that they started using a French or Spanish home school program which went very well at first. However, they found their children became bored or "bogged down" after a short while. Great Commission Languages makes French and Spanish learning fun and easy, with interesting, funny stories your children will love! No more boring children with twaddle, to quote Charlotte Mason.
Want a complete French curriculum?
Way more than a computer game that simply teaches words, Le Français Facile! has everything you need to succeed at teaching French! If you want to go beyond "getting by on a tourist trip to France," then you need to understand the French people, their culture, and their expressions. Every lesson includes French cultural notes and trivia. French idioms (an English idiom would be "Six of one, half a dozen of another") are used in the stories, explained, and kept in your students notebook. You even get some fabulous French recipes (Marie's recipe for Ratatouille is worth the cost of the program alone)! The aim of Le Français Facile! is to turn you into a truly bilingual person, able to go into business with, or present the Gospel to, the French speaking world.
A complete Spanish curriculum: Culture, culture, culture
Learning Spanish is so much more than simply learning how to string some words together. Your homeschoolers will learn the content through relationship based stories that will teach them when to use certain phrases. The culture is intertwined throughout the stories, so homeschoolers learn naturally. If you want to go beyond getting by on a missions trip to Mexico, then you need to understand the Spanish people, their culture, and their expressions. Every lesson includes Spanish Cultural Notes and Trivia. Spanish idioms are used in the stories, explained, and kept in your students notebook. The aim of ¡El Español Fácil! is to turn you into a truly bilingual person, able to go into business with, or present the Gospel to, the Spanish speaking world.
Program author Marie Filion possesses a Master of Science in Psychology, has taught French As A Second Language in the public system, private schools and online, and has spent years as a Literacy Specialist and Tutor. Drawing on all of this knowledge and experience she has (in conjunction with our Spanish Team as appropriate) compiled a program that utilizes Gouin Series (as recommended by Charlotte Mason), follows Bloom's Taxonomy and higher order thinking theories by Dr. Jeanne Chall, and even uses the discoveries of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (The Tomatis Method) to retrain the ear and brain to accept French and Spanish Frequency Bands!
What's a Frequency Band?
Different languages are spoken in different frequency ranges, or bands. Frequency is similar to pitch in music - "C" is heard at a higher frequency than "A", for example (in the same Octave of course). The following chart shows the frequencies that several languages are spoken in:
Did you notice that French and Spanish don't overlap with English? As a result, what happens when the Anglophone hears French or Spanish being spoken is that the brain rejects the sounds as background noise! This is because our ears and brains specialize to help filter the huge amount of input that bombards us on a daily basis. Even worse for those with ambitions of achieving foreign language fluency, Dr. Tomatis discovered that you cannot speak any sound which the ear cannot hear (have you noticed that hearing impaired people usually don't have clear speech?). Fortunately, Le Français Facile! and ¡El Español Fácil! utilize special techniques with the digitally mastered audio, and the construction of the storylines, which can actually retrain the ear and brain to accept these lower frequencies as language! For more information, read the following article.
As a homeschooling family of 6, so were we! The classic format level 1 programs are approximately 400 pages of non-consumable textbook plus mp3 audio files and printable activity sheets delivered on USB key with the physical book, or via instant download with the eBook version. You can print (for FREE) over 200 activity sheets, which you then keep in a 3 ring binder as your students consumable workbook. This is great for families with multiple children - simply print as many copies as you require! Note: the newer format (French 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B) textbooks are setup a bit differently, with ease of use as the primary goal.
Not to worry - everything is recorded in the audio files for you by Native French or Spanish Speakers. All 36 lessons (stories and vocabulary), the phonograms, Everyday Vocabulary lists, Songs, Scripture memory verses, even The Lords Prayer are all there. Before releasing our first product (The Easy French Level I) we tested it out with 40 different families from all over North America, in places like Oklahoma, California, Quebec, New Brunswick; people with no French, some French, and plenty of French! Everyone had great success (not to mention lots of fun!) with Le Français Facile!, and their feedback made all our products, French and Spanish, better! But don't take our word for it! Read some of the comments our customers have shared with us.
The level 1 programs include 3 different tracks that your students can take. The younger student track takes 3 years to complete, the Independent Learner track takes 2 years, and the Teenager/Adult track is 1 year. Every lesson includes an Independent Learner section (used by Teenager/Adults also) with specific instructions to allow them to complete the program with minimum assistance from the parent. In our family, our 3 year old colored printouts of the characters while our 5 and 7 year olds did the lesson with Mom, and our 12 year old worked on it independently.
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If you've been searching for an easy to use French curriculum or Spanish curriculm that anyone can use, whether they have any French/Spanish background or not, then your search is over!