Friday, May 13, 2011

Vacation Conversations from Level II -- Try these out!

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and Denise and I are hard at work on REAL SPANISH ahora mismo Level II program! We thought we would share a conversational activity from Level II French (and the in-progress Level II Spanish!) for you to try with your classes! Enjoy! (For more information on REAL FRENCH tout de suite Level II, visit our website!)




Tuesday, May 10, 2011

REAL LANGUAGE right away- testimonials!

Denise and I have heard back from a few of the teachers who use the REAL LANGUAGE right away programs, and we thought we would share some of their impressions with you! If you would like to add your own impressions of the program, feel free to write to us at hippocampepublications@gmail.com or comment on this post-- we love hearing from you!

I have really enjoyed this program because I have seen tremendous progress in my students' comprehension and speaking abilities. I really like the fact that the students are not just given isolated vocabulary, but rather the words are put into a context. It's real French! It is also a very intuitive way to learn French. My students have commented that it's not only fun to act out the dialogues, but they feel that their French has substantially improved as well. I would highly recommend the Real Language program.

– Dale Ziegler, Sacred Heart Academy, Chicago, IL (Elementary School French teacher)

Real Language materials pair extremely well with any textbook series as they cover the most common Level 1 topics and structures. I've found that by adding conversations to things we are already studying, more of my students are able to perform on assessments. And it is truly music to my ears to walk around my classroom and hear ALL of my students speaking FRENCH! And not only are they speaking they are having a full comprehensible conversation with excellent pronunciation!

--Sarah Woodward-Jones, Fayetteville-Manlius Central Schools, Manlius, NY (Middle School French teacher)

We are loving it. My first and second grade classes have been reenergized. The students love working on the mini dialogues and I am amazed at how quickly they can recall the material. THANK YOU for coming to IN-NELL and for sharing such a great idea.

--Claudia Nole, Park Tudor School, Indianapolis. (Elementary School Spanish teacher)

I think your program is great! It reminds me of how I learned English as a foreign language in South America: short conversations and focusing on chunks of the language.

– Andrea Suarez, Villamadonna Academy, Villa Hills, Kentucky (Elementary School Spanish teacher)

For students who have language-based learning challenge or who simply need to learn a foreign language differently than how it is taught at the high school level--fast paced with a lot of vocabulary to be acquired. The Real French Tout de Suite program offers a lot of flexibility for a teacher. The constructs are simplistic, authentic, very useful and can be easily modified for an older student. This program is perfect for use in a differentiated Level I classroom or in an alternative French program designed for students requiring a different model than that offered by a traditional program, with a traditional text. I am grateful to the authors who have a keen understanding of what works and who have done a lot of my work for me! Bravo!

-Lorin Pritikin, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago (High School French teacher)

I am so excited! I have been using your program for 9 weeks and the KIDS love it!!! They are speaking more Spanish than ever. I cannot wait until Spanish 2 comes out!!! Thank you all that you do.

-Joe Uriz, Parsons Elementary School, Gwinnett County, Georgia (Elementary School Spanish Teacher)

RL provides real life and age-appropriate conversations for elementary level. Students love short dialogs and practical vocabulary. I enjoy reading your blog for best practices. RL is a wonderful resource in the classroom to generate conversation and expand vocabulary. I use your method in 3rd and 4th grades and it works!!

-Gigi Olmstead, Catherine Cook School, Chicago (Elementary School French Teacher)