¡Buenos días, bienvenido!
Welcome to LEVEL 1 of our PowerLanguage online Spanish course for Families. This programme has been created specifically for those of you who wish to embark on an exciting Language Learning Journey ALONGSIDE a primary-aged child or children! These resources were developed for the dual purpose of learning Spanish for yourself and using the language at home with your own children or other members of your family.
At PowerLanguage, we have been involved in training and supporting teachers in schools across the UK, Europe and Australia since 2001, and are now making our resources and methodology available to the general public. We believe that parents and carers can send a strong message to their children by telling them that they are embarking on an online course to develop their own language skills. This is what lifelong learning is all about!
To teach is to learn twice….
Parents and carers will not only exemplify Lifelong Learning to their children, they will also be able to share their own learning with them. Part of the homework at the end of each lesson – which we have called “Challenges” – is to apply your newly acquired knowledge to your children. This will reinforce your learning, work as a way to assess your progress, and of course benefit other members of your family too! You may take as much time as you need after each lesson to complete your Challenges, before you move on to the next lesson. We have also included Suggested School Challenges.These are designed for parents and children to work together and then encourage children to present some of the activities at school.
The course consists of 12 lessons. However, families should focus on the first 6 lessons. By the end of the 6 lessons, free access will be given to the families wanting to carry on with the course.
The lessons contain a mixture of videos from our Spanish tutors, short films shot on location in Spain, animations and PowerPoint documents, which will all combine to help you and your children discover Spanish, or revisit what you might have learned at school when you were a pupil. We have also included a number of songs as well as some arts and crafts activities. Throughout this course, you will be learning Spanish in meaningful contexts, moving away from having to learn lists of words that you struggle to string together in a sentence…!
Do not hesitate to watch the videos and animations with your children or other members of your family. Please pause the videos at regular intervals to practise a word or a sentence. You should try to say those out loud several times: don’t just say them in your head, the words have to come out!
Finally, feel free to use the course booklet that we are providing with the course, to write down some of the words or sentences that you have discovered. At the end of the booklet, we have included flashcards which you can cut out and use to practise your Spanish with your family.
We hope you enjoy your course. Do not hesitate to send us feed-back at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
¡Qué os vaya bien!