Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Homeschool Spanish Academy (Schoolhouse Review)

Homeschool Sapnish AcademyEveryone knows that the very best way to learn a foreign language is to learn it directly from a native speaker and  that private tutoring is an efficient way to learn any subject. But most of us don’t have the funds or the opportunity to hire a foreign language tutor to teach our children!

I was so excited to learn about the Homeschool Spanish Academy and to have the opportunity to try it out through the TOS Crew! Emily has studied Spanish a little bit—using some videos and workbooks, but not in a very organized fashion. I was eager to see what kind of progress she could make with this program.

Unlike most curricula available to homeschoolers, Homeschool Spanish Academy provides immersive, interactive 1-on-1 interaction with native Spanish language tutors via Skype video. All that is needed is a high-speed internet connection, web cam, and a Skype compatible computer headset with microphone.

All lessons and homework are emailed to students in a PDF format, so no additional books are needed.

Our Experience:

My first interaction with the company was with the tech. services. I was very impressed. A personal phone call walked me through testing my internet speed, checking my equipment, and getting me set up on Skype.

Emily’s first lesson went well. Her teacher, Rosa, called us on Skype right on time for the video chat. She was very encouraging and Emily was able to cover 2 lessons in the 55 minute time slot.

Emily had a little trouble with the second session. I wasn’t available for the first few minutes of the lesson and had forgotten to plug in the web cam and headset. She was frustrated trying to  figure it out herself, but by the time I walked in 10 minutes later, Tech Support was online with her helping her get set up. Fortunately, she didn’t miss too much of her lesson and, once again, I have nothing but praise for the Tech Support.

Each week, Emily has had homework to do and vocabulary to memorize between lessons. At the lessons, the teacher has conversations with her that review the previous vocabulary and teach new phrases. Emily has completed 5 lessons at this point. She has really enjoyed the experience and I think it has been motivating for her to have an outside teacher to work with. She was especially excited to learn that her teacher, Rosa, lives in Antigua, Guatemala, where Emily was born.

I highly recommend Homeschool Spanish Academy. Although we will need to take a break from lessons for now because of an unreliable internet connection/provider, I hope to be able to return for more lessons when we have that resolved.

Homeschool Spanish Academy middle school tuition prices are $104.99 for a half semester and $174.99 for a full semester (one 50 min. class a week.) Classes are also available for elementary and high school students.

5/5 stars StarStarStarStarStar

Please visit the Schoolhouse Review Blog to read more reviews of Homeschool Spanish Academy.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a 7 week subscription free  in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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