What’s Different about Excelerate SPANISH?
“What’s different about Excelerate SPANISH?” This is the question I hear most often at homeschool conferences. I love answering it, and I think you’ll love the answer, too!
It’s really no exaggeration to say, “What’s different is everything.” Excelerate SPANISH is truly unique from the other choices available to homeschoolers today! Read the reviews and do a quick google search, and you’ll find that homeschool bloggers also find the program to be unique and amazing and fun.
To be specific, though, what’s different is the humor. And the multiple intelligence approaches. And the comprehensible input. And the focus on fluency. And the connected discourse (an essential characteristic of proficient speakers according to ACTFL).
Excelerate SPANISH lessons cater to multiple intelligences to teach your student holistically. The neuroscience behind the theory explains how physical actions, such as those used in Total Physical Response or TPR, help us to learn language.1 TPR increases motivation and personal meaningfulness, therefore your student’s retention also improves. The entertaining skits and action sequences are quite novel, often silly, and always attention-grabbing.
You may be surprised at what the use of humor can accomplish in a foreign language program. Laughter is a powerful tool! You see, your student’s positive feelings about the content (the stories that are told) will also influence his/her feelings about the form (the language used to tell those stories). After all, “what we learn with pleasure, we never forget.”2 Fun contexts honor the concept that “in the brain, emotion and cognition are distinguishable but inseparable.”3
Of course, there are other programs available that offer cute contexts. Unfortunately, many of these are “fluffy” (they constitute of “twaddle,” as Charlotte Mason might say). Excelerate Spanish is content-rich, utilizing high frequency vocabulary and loads of helpful everyday structures (grammar). As the student internalizes the patterns and flow of the language, output (speech) comes naturally. When connected discourse is sufficiently modeled, then connected discourse is also produced… And that, my friends, is fluency!
Experience the Excelerate SPANISH difference for yourself, and give your student the incredible gift of second language proficiency that lasts. Order today!
- Hannaford, C. (1995). Smart moves: Why learning is not all in your head. Arlington, VA: Great Ocean Publishers.
- 2- Mercier, Alfred
- 3-Schumann, J. (1994). Where is cognition? Studies in Second Language Acquisition 16, 231-42.
Can I purchase one program to use with 2 children? Or would each child need their own program? I am ready to order.
Yes, you can use one program with multiple children. Each student will need his/her own workbook and access to a lesson book (you decide if you want for each person to have a lesson book or whether your students can feasibly share one). 🙂
Any chance I can get access for a week or so to check the curriculum out?
Thanks very much for your interest! You can use the “look inside” feature on Amazon to see multiple pages from any of the books: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=excelerate+spanish&ref=nb_sb_noss. In addition, there is an entire lesson (video and coordinating lesson pages) from the Excelerate SPANISH through Bible Stories series available for FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Excelerate-SPANISH-Through-Bible-Stories-Lesson-1-The-Creation-5647699. The approach is the same, except that the level one and two curricula are not bible-based, featuring instead humorous and quirky made-up stories.
Does this work with a MAC?
Hi Gina! Thanks for reaching out with your question. Here is information from the FAQs on my website:
“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: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-DVPSR210P-Player-Progressive-Scan/dp/B007F9XHBI/
Thanks again! I hope this helps you.
I’m looking for a foreign language program that will complete the high school credits needed for 2 years. Will this program fulfill Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 requirements? We are planning ahead to next fall.
Hi Judy! Thanks for the great question. Please check out the FAQ section for information on this requirement and more! https://exceleratespanish.com/faqs/