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Subject: Need advise from those that have used POWERSPEAK/POWERGLIDE
Date Posted: 12/26/2009 9:45 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Hi,

I'm looking into an online Spanish course. I came upon this: POWERSPEAK (it used to be called POWERGLIDE). I would like to use it for Spanish. Has anyone had experience using this program with their children? Can you tell me what you think about the program and what your experience was/is?

If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

 

Thanks,

 

Elona

Subject: powerspeaK12
Date Posted: 12/28/2009 3:40 PM ET
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We used powerspeaK12 for middle school Spanish 1.  I was actually one of the beta testers when they first put Power-Glide online.  It was horrible at the beginning!  Thankfully they made many upgrades (I had to pay for them).  I've heard some people really love it and others really hate it.  I'm in the latter camp.

I realized I'm just not a fan of the immersion method.  It's "great" for kids who are memorizers.  My son is one, and he aced every quiz & test...until the semestser final.  He totally bombed it with a 48%.  There was no long-term retention.  Nor could he use Spanish because he'd learned so "hit & miss".  The "diglot weave" (they don't call them that anymore) drove me INSANE!  They repeat and repeat and repeat using rebus words/images.  The speakers are NOT native speakers which drove me nuts, too.  How can you learn Spanish from a non-native speaker.  They had men doing women's voices which was grating.

I switched to Auralog's Tell Me More, which was soooo much better, but it's still immersion.  DS likes it since it's on the PC.  But I'm also doing BJUP's high school Spanish with him.  It's costly to get all the parts, but I've purchased all of them used.  Since it's a textbook method, it's much more lock-step and logical.  That is how DH & I learned Spanish and it's stuck with us for years.

I would do their free trial (they didn't have it when I purchased) and just see how your child likes it.  You didn't mention which level - elementary, middle school, or high school.  My son was on the fence with elementary but I chose higher after seeing how "babyish" the elementary courses are.

Like many curricula, YMMV.  I'd give it a shot for the trial and see what you think.  Sorry to be so harsh.  I'm usually not, but this one really bugged me.  It annoyed me more because I'd used K12 for 6+ years and it was *nothing* like K12's typical quality.  They have a long, long way to go until it gets there.

JC

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 9:51 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Hi,

Thanks so much for your input. I tried the one week trial Spanish 1 Elementary school Spanish and I was sorely disappointed. You are right they do have a long way to go. I'm looking for something fun online/program immersion or not that my grandson can use. He's 2nd level Spanish in 2nd grade. There are a few great online learning sites that I really like. I use Time4Learning and Raz Kids. I augment my homeschooling with these programs. My grandson really likes them and is definitely learning from them.  They are entertaining and interesting educational sites. I wish I could find something like those programs for elemetary spanish.

 

Elona