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Comparisons of Intensive Latin Programs
A condensed chart outlining the essentials of Latin programs. At a glance the reader can see method of teaching, cost, number of levels, format, grade range, etc.

DOWNLOAD FILE: Latin Program Comparisons.pdf

WEB LINK: http://www.homeschoolchristian.com/Reviews/LatinComparison.html

Deutsch Interaktiv
Free interactive online German course is ideal for both beginners and those who have some previous knowledge of German. The 30-part self-study course covers levels A1 and B1 of the Common European Frame of References for Languages. Authentic videos, slideshows and audio texts convey a vibrant picture of life in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Accompanying worksheets, exercises and tests have been designed to complement your personal study program. The course also includes a grammar chart, a 7,000-word dictionary and a pronunciation guide.

WEB LINK: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,2142,9572,00.html

Dígame en espanol: virtual Spanish I-II classes for high schoolers
MidSouth Tutoring Services is proud to introduce Dígame en espanol, the first highly interactive virtual Spanish I-II classes for high schoolers (and 8th graders with strong English skills).

Since these classes are using the internet to provide one-on-one instruction the student selects the pace, the place and the time in which to attend. Dígame en espanol is taught in a classroom type environment with bi-weekly web conferences.

During the web conferences, the students interact -- live, in Spanish -- with a Spanish speaking moderator and other students. Course materials for Digame en espanol also include a textbook, workbook, DVDs, interactive games and computerized assessment tests.

If you feel you need additional information, please email

WEB LINK: http://www.digameenespanol.com

Foreign Language Software Reviews
By Laurianne Sumerset

Laurianne Sumerset reviewed the most popular online foreign language courses and programs and compared them. At her site you can read about the language software to find out which works and which doesn't. Language software reviews for:
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian and more

    WEB LINK: http://www.languagesoftware.net/

  • German On-Line
    By Oklahoma State University

    The online German class includes access to tutors; a short weekly conversation with the teacher or a tutor was required, but you could call anytime you needed help.

    It's semi-self-paced and semi-scheduled. There's a schedule, but you can flex from it if you need to. It does more or less follow the school schedule in this part of the country -- mid-August through May. The class is designed for schools, but they were easy to work with as a homeschooler.

    They DO NOT keep a transcript, though, so print those grades off at the end of the course.

    WEB LINK: http://germanonline.okstate.edu/

    German: Business Vocabulary
    Learn essential business German vocabulary.

    WEB LINK: http://small-business24.com/index-business-vocabulary

    German: Learn German Easily
    Free on-line program to learn German.

    WEB LINK: http://learn-german-easily.com/

    German: Learn German through Songs
    Learn German with songs.

    WEB LINK: http://learn-to-speak-german.de/learn-with-songs

    German: Short Stories in German
    Listen to stories in German.

    WEB LINK: http://leicht-deutsch-lernen.com/short-stories

    Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age
    By William E. Linney

    Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age is a book that teaches beginning Latin gradually yet systematically. This unique method was designed specifically to help homeschooled and self-taught students overcome the obstacles they face when studying Latin at home.

    For each lesson:

  • After learning something new, you can immediately apply what you've learned by translating the fun practice sentences.
  • To check your work, refer to the answer key in the back of the book.
  • Every once in a while, you will learn about a commonly used Latin expression such as et cetera or non sequitur.
  • To hear the words and exercises pronounced, simply download the free MP3 recordings (classical or ecclesiastical style) from this website.

    If you need extra help, listen to free recordings by the author that teach through each individual lesson.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979505100?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09795

  • Japanese for Kids
    Japanese greetings, writing system, simple nouns. Aimed toward young children.

    WEB LINK: http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/language/index.html

    Japanese language and culture distance learning course: Irasshai
    By Georgia Public Broadcasting

    From the Website Introduction:
    Irasshai was designed to meet the needs of high school or college students as well as the needs of adult community learners and professionals who would like to acquire Japanese language and culture skills.

    The 138 Irasshai video lessons get up close and intimate with viewer learners. Dr. Tim Cook, an Emmy award-winning instructor, takes students on a personal journey to where Japanese is spoken. Sometimes it's predictable - inside a Japanese home or a Tokyo office building. Sometimes it's less so - a sushi bar in Atlanta, a fishing hole in the Appalachians.

    The Irasshai website provides access to additional language practice for each lesson, links to cultural journeys and further personal exploration of Japan-related topics.

    WEB LINK: http://www.gpb.org/irasshai

    Latin & Greek On-Line Courses
    By Lukeion Project

    From the site
    There have been a number of trends in the home education community which insist that very young students begin the study of Latin or Greek. While we wholeheartedly agree that younger students should begin a spoken language as young as possible, we have seen the best success when we delay these mostly written languages (Greek and Latin) until students have mature study and organization skills, interest, and formal reasoning abilities that tend to come into play when the student hits 12-15 years of age (younger still for gifted). Therefore, we do not require any advance preparation other than a very good foundation in English grammar (we wholeheartedly recommend work in sentence diagramming). We have high expectations that students will be able to manage study time and submit homework and complete quizzes in a timely manner each week. Instructors will not be able to offer exceptions and extensions for students who regularly fail to manage his or her own schedule.

    The Lukeion Project uses Wheelock's Latin:
    This is the standard textbook used in college level Latin courses. This text book is one of the finest text books out there (believe me, I've seen some bad ones). The text prepares students for reading Classical literature (golden and silver Latin) as well as Christian Latin. Many "Christian Latin" or ecclesiastical Latin textbooks will only prepare students to read late Latin and will not permit them to pick up Cicero, Caesar, Virgil or Ovid. This text book is very much grammar based and gives the student all the tools he needs to not only begin reading "real" Latin but also enter college Latin reading courses.

  • Latin 1a and 1b; Latin 2a and 2b, Wheelock's Latin, 6th ed. rev. (R. A. LaFleur)
  • Latin 3a and 3b; we use several of the AP suggested passages for the Latin Literature exam in addition to a wide variety of other authors, passages will be provided by the instructor.

  • Greek 1a and 1b Athenaze Book 1 by Balme and Lawall, 2nd ed. Oxford, 2003
  • Greek 2a and 2b Athenaze Book 2 by Balme and Lawall, 2nd ed. Oxford, 2003
  • Greek and Latin Word Roots; all materials are provided by the Lukeion Project

    In all Lukeion language classes, our once-a-week sessions unpack and explain new material provided by the text book and we quiz and review previous material. The unique live online classroom environment offers each student the opportunity to respond during our question and answer time. Instructors invite students to ask questions any time in class or by email throughout the week. Language games, quizzes handouts, translations, useful web links and a class calendar are available to the student at all times. All quizzes are taken and submitted online as is homework. The work is personally graded by the instructor.

    The successful Lukeion language student will NOT be expected to have already completed any Latin or Greek. We do, however, invite only students who have a confident understanding of English grammar. The best indicator of student success in either ancient language is a natural inquisitiveness, self-motivation, and good study skills. Successful students are also willing to maintain good communication with the instructor. While we accommodate a large number of gifted students at ages as young as 10 or 11, we would recommend that most students delay the formal study of these languages until they are at least 13 or 14 years of age to allow for good study skills and formal reasoning to develop.

    The pace of both Greek and Latin with the Lukeion Project is slightly accelerated compared to many high school programs. Even very good students should not be surprised to spend 8-12 hours on their language studies per average week. Anyone involved in hobbies or activities which will regularly prevent them from committing this amount of time to the new language should not apply for this language program.

    WEB LINK: http://www.lukeion.org/

  • Latin Comparison Chart
    A chart that compares some of the more popular Latin curricula.

    WEB LINK: http://www.homeschoolchristian.com/Reviews/LatinComparison.html

    Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
    By University of Notre Dame

    A quick way to research Latin grammar and vocabulary. You just type in the form of the word that you would expect to find in a dictionary or a truncated form of the word (e.g., stem only). If you want help with the ending of a word, type the ending in the space provided. (If you prefer, you may leave this space blank). To see all the words in the dictionary that begin with "q", search for "q" as the stem. You can also translate English to Latin.

    WEB LINK: http://archives.nd.edu/latgramm.htm

    Latin in the Christian Trivium
    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.Latintrivium.com

    Latinteach, A Teacher's Disscussion Forum
    Latinteach is a moderated discussion list where Latin teachers & professors may exchange lesson ideas, discuss textbook options, ask questions and share expertise. Please be courteous and keep list messages on topic.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.latinteach.com

    Linney's Latin Class
    By William E. Linney

    Linney's Latin Class.com, an online Latin class for homeschooled and self-taught students. This class is designed to allow anyone to experience a genuine Latin class, complete with a textbook, lectures, and even homework. The text that is used for these lectures is The First Year of Latin by Walter B. Gunnison.

    From the website:
    I'm William E. Linney, author of the book Getting Started with Latin, which is a very simple and user-friendly introduction to Latin. People seem to really like Getting Started with Latin, and I have had numerous requests for a follow-up book. This is the main reason why I created Linney's Latin Class.com.

    I have crafted these lectures to really "hold your hand," so to speak, through the process of learning Latin grammar. As I record each lecture, I make every effort to explain everything fully, while making the information accessible to everyone. The only cost associated with this class is the purchase price of the textbook (The First Year of Latin by Walter B. Gunnison), which is about $15. My goal is to make Latin available, accessible, and affordable for everyone who wishes to learn.

    WEB LINK: http://www.linneyslatinclass.com/

    Live Mocha, An Online Educational Community
    An online language learning/teaching community. From the site:
    Livemocha is the world's largest language learning community with over 4 million members. Designed for all language goals and skill levels, Livemocha offers free and plus learning options that actually work - and make learning languages social and fun.

    WEB LINK: http://www.livemocha.com/

    Mango - Free Language Program
    Mango is now at many libriaries, including Ridgefield, Bridgeport and Fairfield.

    The program is free and teaches conversational foreign langage. Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.


    Open Learning Initiative French
    By Carnegie Mellon

    French Online is an interactive video-based course intended for use by university students and independent learners on the Internet. The first-semester course is divided into five thematic modules, with three lessons within each module. Each lesson is designed to take approximately one week to complete so working through the entire course will take the average learner approximately fifteen weeks.

    Each lesson opens with a video dramatization that sets the context for the lesson. Parts of the video are then replayed in a variety of interactive activities and tutors. Each video in the course was written specifically to serve as the foundation for the lesson in which it is used. These high quality videos were produced with French actors on location in France so the speech and movements and contexts are authentic.

    The beginning of each lesson is always a set sequence, from simple recognition of language in a video dialogue, through explicit learning of grammar and pronunciation, to written and spoken production of variations on that language. After this ordered beginning, a number of activities are offered to the student in which the language learned is used in understanding new texts, sounds or videos or in creative production (conversation or writing).

    Each of the 15 lessons follows the same structure of activities:

  • Introduction: presentation of communicative and cultural goals for the lesson
  • Communication 1: Recognize sounds and words in a video dialogue.
  • Mots et expressions: Learn to repeat and understand parts of dialogues. Structures: Study the grammatical basis of the spoken dialogues.
  • Sons: Learn the sound system of the language. Communication 2: Learn to understand and produce French.
  • Univers culturel: Study aspects of French and francophone cultures.
  • Activités de synthèse: Use your French in writing and speaking activities.

    WEB LINK: http://www.cmu.edu/oli/courses/french/index.html

  • Rosetta Stone
    Fully-interactive step-by-step lessons. Available Online or in CD-ROM.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.rosettastone.com/en/offer/googlepage

    Spanish On-Line
    By Oklahoma State University

    The online Spanish class includes access to tutors; a short weekly conversation with the teacher or a tutor was required, but you could call anytime you needed help.

    It's semi-self-paced and semi-scheduled. There's a schedule, but you can flex from it if you need to. It does more or less follow the school schedule in this part of the country -- mid-August through May. The class is designed for schools, but they were easy to work with as a homeschooler.

    They DO NOT keep a transcript, though, so print those grades off at the end of the course.

    WEB LINK: http://spanishonline.okstate.edu/

    The First Year of Latin
    By Walter B. Gunnison

    The First Year of Latin by Walter B. Gunnison is the text used in Linney's Latin Class.com, an online Latin class for homeschooled and self-taught students.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979505127?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09795

    World of Reading
    We offer the greatest variety of products in over 100 languages

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.wor.com/shopping/

    Wudaokou Chinese On-Line Program
    By Christopher Alesevich

    Christopher Alesevich, along with his friends Michael Fengbo and Cui Kai, has created a Web site, wudaokou.com, to bring Chinese-language tutors right to your Internet. Alesevich currently lives in Shelton, CT while Fengbo and Kai live in Beijing. The site launched in 2010.

    The site Wudaokou.com charges $15 per credit, which is 50 minutes of one-on-one class time.

    At the beginning, it is recommended to take the self-study portion of the site, before one-on-one time with a tutor.

    Tutors can be "met" via the online video phone program, Skype. Most of the tutors the site are students at Beijing University. Many are part-time employees.

    Christopher Alesevich has also started the online Chinese school in Monroe called Wudaokou Borderless Learning.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://Wudaokou.com


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