FAQs

What is included in the complete curriculum? 

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

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

Those are available to download and print for FREE here.  Just click on “Teaching Tools,” then “Question Word Posters,” and you will see the Spanish Question Words.  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.  This does not mean that the same amount of material was “covered,” but in my experience, more of what was covered was mastered and retained.  It took root!

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!

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.

How long does it take to get through the 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 (and/or separate components) are now available for purchase on the products page!

Here are additional suggestions for those who may like to have some supplementary materials:

I see that you recommend a lot of Blaine Ray’s materials.  Should I just start with them for Spanish I, then?

Answer:  I love Blaine Ray’s products!  If you have a Spanish-speaking teacher/tutor available or have a student who is a very motivated independent learner, then go for it!  I wrote the Excelerate curriculum precisely because of the success that my students had with Blaine Ray’s TPRS materials.  I designed Excelerate SPANISH with DVD lessons to meet the needs of homeschool students who desire a unique, engaging experience but don’t have access to (or tuition to pay) a Spanish-speaking tutor.

 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 (but down the road at this point).  Additional languages will be made available as  our connections and resources foster their development.  Your support will help to make that happen more quickly!

 

 

  • 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.