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Foreign Language Credit for Bilingual Students

Foreign Language Credit for Bilingual Students
 In public schools, they give high school credit for being bilingual and you can do it, too. Embrace the unique and diverse strengths of you...
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Computer Coding as a Foreign Language

Computer Coding as a Foreign Language
Some states are thinking about allowing high school students to fulfill foreign language-learning requirements with a computer language instead of spo...
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5 Keys to Foreign Language Study

5 Keys to Foreign Language Study
Are you getting ready to study foreign language? Be sure you include these 5 things to increase your success! Foreign language studies should include ...
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Lee Binz
Good tip Anita! We did Latin too, using Latin Road to English Grammar, and I found it extremely easy to teach with. One of my boys... Read More
Saturday, 22 July 2017 21:19
Anita Irons
My oldest wanted to study Latin in high school. I cannot help her much with that, so researched curriculum and settled on Memoria ... Read More
Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:54
Lee Binz
Excellent tips, Jill! I love the idea of TV only in a foreign language unless it's a designated English time! Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 21 July 2017 14:53
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Why Foreign Language? 3 Important Purposes

Why Foreign Language? 3 Important Purposes
How important is a foreign language? I don’t know about you, but I’m not one of those people who naturally picks up foreign languages. I did learn some Latin along with my kids, but I had to study hard to stay ahead of them, and eventually I realized that they were passing me up no matter how hard I tried! I don’t feel too bad, though, because there are many adults who don’t know a foreign language. ...
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Capture Foreign Language Proficiency

Capture Foreign Language Proficiency
Those crazy homeschoolers, learning things like Spanish before high school! Hey, it can happen, and it's not a bad thing at all! If you find that your child has completed some foreign language before high school, it might be helpful to take a subject test.  Let me use Spanish, for an example. If your child has already learned Spanish, what can you do next?    Consider an SAT subject test in Spanish:  Spanish with Listening Test This is the study guide I would suggest for Spanish:  ...
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Homeschool Foreign Language Success

Homeschool Foreign Language Success
Homeschool Teaching Tips for Foreign Language  It's important to start your foreign language study early in high school, because some states require 2-4 years for high school graduation, and some colleges require it for college admission.  When I was homeschooling, I felt stumped on how to teach it, though!  So I collected a bunch of fun ideas in this article that I think will really help you. What will you learn in this article? 25 Great...
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Is Foreign Language Really Required by College?

Is Foreign Language Really Required by College?
Although better than most places, the homeschool world is not completely free from the rumor mills—or if you’re a Veggie Tales fan, the rumor ‘weeds.’  Here are a few homeschool ‘rumor weeds’ I’ve heard recently from concerned parents: "Colleges won’t accept foreign language credit if you used Rosetta Stone." "Colleges don’t accept Latin as a foreign language, since it’s not spoken anymore." "You have to take an SAT subject test for foreign language to get into a...
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Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Studies

Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Studies
The nice thing about homeschooling is that you can create almost any electives for your child under the sun!  You aren't limited to electives that a teacher is interested in, and you aren't limited to electives that you feel comfortable teaching. The bad part about homeschooling, is that when you recognize you can teach any elective under the sun, you have to somehow find the materials for your child to use!  Donna was talking to me...
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Community College Language on the High School Transcript

Community College Language on the High School Transcript
  Making a transcript isn't so hard....  Well....  Until it gets complicated, LOL!  Renee asked a question about how to put foreign language on the high school transcript when classes were taken at a community colleges. Lee, I am watching your  DVD's for high school .  Question about college classes. My son took Elementary German 1 @ a college first semester Now, 2nd semester, he is taking Elementary German 2 So - in high school credits...
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Ideas for Making Foreign Language Fun

Ideas for Making Foreign Language Fun
Learning a new language is work.  You can't just plop kids in front of a video screen and let them enjoy the ambiance of French.  They really need to work at it.  Success with foreign language requires being consistent every day.  The problem with foreign language is the same problem I have with Weight Watchers.  It only works when you actually DO the program!  So sad... but so true. Just because it's work doesn't mean it...
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Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice

Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice
I used Latin Road for 3 years. My boys were RATHER successful with it, not to mention my son still remembers all of his Latin even after three years without cracking a book! He was required to take a college placement test at the college he’s attending, so they could find out which course would be applicable for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and began the university in Junior level! Yippee! He liked...
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Early High School Credits or Extra Middle School Fun?

Early High School Credits or Extra Middle School Fun?
Should we count extensive European travel during middle school as early high school credit? Traveling Europe, learning foreign languages, and experiencing the art and culture of other countries is awesome!  If these were done during high school, then you can give high school credit for the whole experience. If these experiences are completed prior to high school, does it count? In  my opinion only the academic subjects taught at high school level can be counted as high school...
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Bilingual Homeschool

Bilingual Homeschool
If your children are bilingual, some colleges will accept that as a foreign language and some will not.  I think it's a good idea to provide some sort of outside documentation.  I like suggesting a CLEP exam, because they provide an official transcript.  However, CLEP only offers a handful of languages, so I'm not sure it will help you.  You can also try an AP exam, but they need to be fluent in writing as well...
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Gifted Education and a Free Foreign Language Resource

Gifted Education and a Free Foreign Language Resource
I received a sweet note from a client, and she gave a wonderful review of a free homeschool resource for foreign language.  I thought it might encourage others, so I'm passing it along. Hi Lee, Thank you so much for focusing on high school, homeschool students! Your web site has been very valuable to me.  I am homeschooling a son who is profoundly gifted.  We are "refugees homeschoolers" - We always believed our son would be...
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Foreign Language on Your iPad!

Foreign Language on Your iPad!
This just in!  You can watch foreign language channels on your iPad or iPod and practice your foreign language skills! Find the iPod Touch app called "TVU."  You can't get your local channels, but you can get channels from across the country and the globe!  The app costs $4.99, so it's much cheaper than cable, and you can get channels that broadcast in the language you want your children to learn. There are dozens of foreign...
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