What is included in the complete curriculum? 

Answer:   You’ll receive all 4 DVDs and 3 books when you purchase the complete curriculum.  Twenty-four full-length video lessons provide all of the necessary instruction.  Lessons average 45 minutes each.  The lesson book contains all of the vocabulary, action sequences, and skits taught in the videos, plus an independent reading selection (a cute story) for each lesson.  The separate workbook provides reinforcement, practice and review.  The answer key furnishes the correct responses for both the lesson book and the workbook.  This whole program is appropriate for multiple ages, learning styles, and objectives.

Where can I get the question words posters I see in the videos?

Similar posters are available to download and print for FREE here or here. You can also find a link to some at this site. Enjoy!

Will Excelerate SPANISH count as a high school credit?

Answer:  Please check the requirements for your state’s department of non-public instruction.

Here are the rules for North Carolina:

The short answer is:  Whatever your homeschool administrator (i.e., you or your spouse) says counts as a high school credit, counts.

According to the NC DNPE:  “When a student successfully completes his/her non-public school’s academic requirements for high school graduation, the non-public school itself (not a government agency) maintains academic records of the student’s high school academic work and issues student transcripts and graduation verifications in future years as requested. State government provides no student graduation verifications for non-public school graduates (whether from a private K-12 or a home school) nor does it maintain or keep student academic records or transcripts — only records concerning the legal existence of such schools.”  (from http://www.ncdnpe.org/FAQs/hhh114u.aspx, emphasis mine).

The long answer to your question is this:  I have taught Spanish using traditional textbooks (with supplementation), I have taught Spanish using straight TPR (Total Physical Response), and I have taught Spanish using TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling, also known as Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling).  By far, my students who learned with TPRS have out-performed those who did not.

Please read my article on this subject here.

UPDATE, FALL 2013:  A colleague in western NC reports that Spanish II students who used Excelerate for Spanish I are outperforming the students who had Spanish I using other methods!

When can I expect to receive my order?

Orders are typically shipped within two business days via USPS Media Mail, a cost-effective option that allows me to offer you FREE shipping. After your package reaches the post office, it may take up to one week for delivery (assuming your shipping address is within the Continental United States). If you need to upgrade to Priority Mail, please contact me to make payment arrangements for this (email info@ exceleratespanish.com; remove space). Your business is truly appreciated!

How long does it take to get through the entire book?

Answer:  In my live classes, we take two weeks to cover most lessons, so there are over 40 weeks of material at that rate.  Last year, however, we tackled a whole lesson each week and interspersed four review lessons, totaling just 28 lessons.  My preference?  Going slooower.

Is there an Excelerate SPANISH level two, level three, etc?

Answer:  The level two curriculum is now available for purchase on the products page!

Here are suggestions for those who may like to have supplementary materials for level 2:

Here are my level 3 recommendations:

By this point, I hope that your student has attained a fair level of confidence with the language and feels capable as an independent learner. The following resources were developed by public/private school Spanish teachers for level 3 students, and I believe that your student will be able to use and benefit from them. Feel free to use OR reject any of these resources according to your own needs and interests!




You will note that these plans utilize Spanish novels. Don’t be intimidated, please! These novels were written specifically BY Spanish teachers FOR Spanish students– students just like yours! I am very confident that your student(s) will glean a great deal from the novels, enjoy them very much, and feel just great about it!

Is Excelerate SPANISH suitable for use in the classroom of a more traditional school?

Yes, certainly! Excelerate SPANISH can be used from the beginning or as a temporary solution to substitute for a teacher who is unavailable. If you are interested in using Excelerate SPANISH in a classroom setting, more information is available here.


 Are other languages offered?

Answer:  Native Italian speaker Chiara Liotta has translated Excelerate into Italian.  We are excited to be able to offer this soon!  French is also in the works.  Additional languages will be made available as our connections and resources foster their development.  Your support will help to make that happen more quickly!

I can’t use the DVD in my computer. Help!

First, please understand that these are regular DVD discs, not CD-roms. They really are not intended for use with a computer. A DVD player will give you a better experience.

If you must use a computer to view the DVD lessons: Unfortunately, the discs were mastered with a codec that is no longer supported by Apple. Fortunately, you can simply download a free Media Player and the discs will work fine with that. Just choose File > Open Disc with it in your drive.

Here is the link: https://www.macblurayplayer.com/download.htm

Here is an additional option: http://www.videolan.org/index.html

Thank you for your patience, and I am very sorry that you must take this extra step to use the discs on your computer.

If you decide to purchase a DVD player, this one is relatively inexpensive and has good reviews on Amazon.


  • FollowHim

    Is this program for European Spanish only? If so, do you have plans for Latin American Spanish?

  • Caryn Powell Hommel

    Hello, and thanks for your question! Excelerate SPANISH features Latin American Spanish. The differences between Latin American Spanish and Castilian are not significant enough to create a language barrier… I believe the program is quite versatile in that way.

    • Debra Nier

      *We have afriend from Costa Rica. At age 40 he is having a hard time learning English even in a classroom. Do you have any suggestions? He is trying so hard. We are enjoying Excelerate Spanish.

      • Caryn Hommel

        I am working on an Excelerate ENGLISH program, but it may be some months before it is available. In the meantime, search for TPR English and TPRS English resources. There are tons of good things out there for your friend. Best wishes to you! And I’m thrilled that you are enjoying Excelerate SPANISH. It is always good to hear customer’s feedback! Please let me know if I can do anything else to help you!

  • Penny Banet-Denney

    My daughter was a public school student last year and completed Spanish 1 there. Can you recommend a complete, year-long course for homeschooling Spanish II? Thanks!

    • exceleratespanish

      Hi Penny!

      Thanks for your question. I am hard at work completing Excelerate Spanish 2. I would love for your daughter to use it if the timing of the release of the book (at least a month away) will work for you. If you need to get started immediately, I would suggest that you get some good comprehensible input resources first; please see my blog articles on this subject. Blaine Ray’s website offers many good choices if you are in a hurry. And please check the site for updates in August! 🙂

      • Penny Banet-Denney

        Thanks for the info! If we have not chosen a program by the end of August, I’ll check back to see if Excelerate Spanish 2 is ready

  • Ondrea

    I want to purchase Excelerate Spanish 2, but I can only see the workbook and set of 4 DVDs offered–is there an Answer Key book that comes with this program as well? Is it included with the workbook and just not listed?

    • Caryn Hommel

      There is an Excelerate SPANISH 2 Workbook coming! The site will be updated as soon as it is available. In the meantime, you can certainly start Excelerate SPANISH 2 without it. Students will enjoy the many homework and project ideas included in the lesson book preface, do the “Student Teacher for a Day” activity, do copywork and recitation, create flash cards and picture dictionaries, etc. Please let me know if there is anything else you need!

      • Ondrea

        Do you have a time frame for the Spanish 2 workbook? My son wants to do Spanish 2 as a summer class.

        • Ondrea

          Also, what about an Answer Key? Is the answer key for the handbook included with the handbook? In Spanish 1, the answer key is a separate booklet, so I didn’t want to begin Spanish 2 without being able to grade it.

  • Ondrea

    Hi. I received the Excelerate Spanish 2 Workbook. Thank you.
    Can you please tell me where I would find the Answer Key for this workbook? I thought it might be in the back of the workbook, but I’m not having any luck locating it.
    Thank you.

  • Naomi Nelson

    I work in a small Christian school in Montana. I would like to call and ask questions regarding pricing for multiple-student classroom use, as well as any details on the best use of the program in such a setting, but I cannot find a phone number or address on this website. Normally, such a scenario makes me leery of trusting the genuineness of the site & product. If you could provide some contact info and provide specific answers for me, that would be great!

    • Caryn Hommel

      Hi Naomi! I am really sorry that your question got lost in my spam folder. I would have loved to have tried to help you. If you are still interested in trying Excelerate SPANISH in your school, you may contact me at 919-771-5030. I do not post my phone number prominently on the site because I (the author) am the sole proprietor of this business, and with the amount of spam I get, I would not want my cell number published on the website. There is a contact form on the website which does effectively get messages straight to me. There is also an email address you can use: info@exceleratespanish.com.

      Again, I am so sorry that I was not able to help you when you first reached out. Please let me know if I may serve you in any way at this point.


      caryn hommel

  • I saw Excelerate Spanish Level 1 books & DVD’s for sale separately on Amazon with PRIME free 2-day shipping! Yay! However, I cannot seem to find the complete curriculum set for Spanish Level 1 ($129) listed on Amazon yet. Will the complete curriculum for Level 1 and even Level 2 possibly be listed on Amazon with PRIME 2-day shipping very soon??