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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. What...
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Guest — Erin
We believe foreign languages are extremely important in our homeschool. Continuing your education is also important at all ages. W... Read More
Monday, 16 February 2015 14:55
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's a terrific idea, Erin! I re-started Spanish myself again this year. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:14
Guest — Leslie
We have had good success with Living Languages. It is available in several languages. Several were available in our library system... Read More
Saturday, 08 November 2014 09:27
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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:  Cracking the SAT Spanish Subject Test, 2013-2014 Edition...
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Guest — Judith
Can you advise on French - we have been using Rosetta stone and whilst good, it's limited in it's explanations for folks not profi... Read More
Friday, 22 August 2014 09:04
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Judith, Lee has made some recommendations it her article Teaching Tips for Foreign Language, but ultimately it's how your chi... Read More
Friday, 22 August 2014 09:12
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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 college." Like...
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Guest — Lee
That is VERY true, Kim! They are more than happy to sell you their classes, LOL! But there are many colleges that will allow you... Read More
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:25
Guest — Kim McIntyre
And I bet some simply require that IF you haven't met the requirement in high school, you must take 2 years at college (which of c... Read More
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:20
Guest — Dinah@thetravelingclassroom
Great post...love it that one college accepted Klingon - lol
Monday, 22 July 2013 18:04
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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 about...
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Guest — Jill Robinson
One resource that should not be passed up is local colleges and universities. Also, given the number of foreign students at most c... Read More
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:58
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good idea, Jill! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:03
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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 semesterNow, 2nd semester, he is taking Elementary German 2So - in high school credits - would those classes each receive a credit,...
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Guest — Lee
It seems like each high school across the country does it their own way. Sometimes a school district will have a policy - but the ... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 19:20
Guest — Cassie Fishbein
Hi Lee, I wanted to just add a suggestion that parents consult how credits from college are counted by public high schools in thei... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:56
Guest — Renee
Unless of course you live in AL where the Dual Enrollment agreement with the cover schools (and public/private schools) states tha... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:45
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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 can't...
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Guest — J W
Because it's me (Mom) and two girls in our school, we had a problem with practicing formal and masculine modes of address until we... Read More
Saturday, 31 December 2011 18:24
Guest — Sara
I love these ideas - especially the language settings on familiar videos! I did once reset the microwave to Spanish! LOL! Thanks a... Read More
Saturday, 31 December 2011 18:17
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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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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 22:11
Guest — cpascal
Foreign language learners might also be interested in language tests by the country's government in the language. For instance, th... Read More
Saturday, 01 January 2011 14:10
Guest — Tweets that mention homeschool parents can give credit for foreign languages learned and even for traveling - #homeschool -- Topsy.com
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Friday, 31 December 2010 12:03
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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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Guest — Lee
Good to know, Stan! Thanks for the tip. Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:56
Guest — Stan
Hi Lee, One may consider ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (see http://www.languagetesting.com). It is offered over the phone, cov... Read More
Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:59
Guest — Tweets that mention homeschool kids can take CLEP to get official transcripts for foreign language - #homeschool -- Topsy.com
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Monday, 20 December 2010 22:46
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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 schooled...
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Guest — Dawn
A word of caution. From what I could see, you are contacting live users on Mocha. Just make sure you are checking things out tho... Read More
Saturday, 04 September 2010 14:09
Guest — J W
WOW! I've been looking for something to do because everything we've tried so far just hasn't met our needs. Thanks!
Monday, 30 August 2010 20:42
Guest — Nicole
Thank you Lee! My 13 year old son took Spanish in 6th grade from a teacher he loved! She gave us a textbook and workbooks for him ... Read More
Monday, 30 August 2010 07:09
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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 language...
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