Middlebury Interactive French Courses are immersion based online language courses of varying levels that introduce your child to the French Language, and systematically teach the language while immersing your child into the language via commonly known stories so that your child can learn easily and more meaningfully. Middlebury Interactive Languages offer not only French, but other languages as well, included Spanish, German, and Chinese. For this review, we received a full 6 month semester of Elementary French 1: Grades 3-5.
Middlebury's Elementary French one for grades 3-5 is broken into several units, that are then broken into sub lessons.
Each main topic is centered on one specific area, such as "Greetings" or Numbers."
I do wish the screen wasn't so blank before starting opening the table of contents, as seen above. That did confuse Mr. B a few times as he felt lost or couldn't find the table of contents. You must click on the little box up in the top left corner to bring everything open. It would be nice if that was already open, or if there were words or something there instead of just the little box and huge, blank boxes.
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
There is no set schedule. I would not skip as lessons build on previous lessons. You can modify in that you could add additional supplemental work which I do. Since I have experience in the language he is learning, I am able to verbally quiz him and keep the French going even after lessons, but I realize that's not the normal. You could easily add more supplemental work if you feel the need.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
This does cover multiple grade ranges. This specific course was intended for kids in grades 3-5, but other grades are available. There are no hidden fees, and your access is subscription based. The idea is that you complete the course within the 6 month subscription period.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
It is engaging and challenging, so the boredom factor was nonexistent for us. The lessons are short enough and fun enough that it worked well with both the autism and ADHD factor. If your child has a difficult time distinguishing words in English, then you may want to check this out for yourself first.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have?
There really isn't anything for it to tie into. There's nothing Unit Study like about this. It is intended only to be a course from which your child can learn French.