___ Is Fun

Content: Foreign Language
Grade(s): 5th and up
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: Available
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$ || ?
Pages: 400+
Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: www.amscopub.com

Available in: French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish

From Amsco’s website:

___ is Fun series provides students with a basal text that will help them attain acceptable levels of proficiency in basic communicative skills. The book provides enough materials for a one-year course in junior high school as well as beginning high school courses.

  • Develops basic communicative skills through simple materials. Uses visual cues for learning and practice.
  • Provides topical contexts to which students can easily relate.
  • Teaches vocabulary through lively drawings that convey meanings of words without the need of English.
  • Makes extensive use of cognates to show students that Italian is not so “foreign” after all.
  • Presents structure inductively, guiding students into making their own discoveries and formulating their own conclusions.
  • Features short, entertaining narratives and/or playlets that illustrate new vocabulary and structures.
  • Rounds out lessons with illustrated conversations, personalized dialog exercises, and other practice.
  • Makes cultural connections in the narratives, playlets, and personalized communicative practice.
  • Includes review units after every four lessons featuring games, puzzles, picture stories, and other practice.
  • Two achievement tests.

Also available:

Companion Workbook (Cahier d’exercices), which supplements the practice materials in the Student Edition. Vocabulary and structural elements are closely coordinated with parallel chapters in the textboook.

Audio CD Program (not available for every book in the series), which reinforces listening comprehension and drill pronunciation and includes questions, completions, and optional oral exercises, all derived from the material in the Student Edition

Teacher Manual, which provides answers to all exercises in the Student Edition and the Companion Workbook. Tests measure ongoing progress and language proficiency. Optional oral exercises are also included for every lesson.

Have you ever used Spanish / French / Italian / German / Latin Is Fun? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.

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One Response to ___ Is Fun

  1. Kylar Kenney says:

    I used this book with my kids when they where elementary age. It’s a very basic black and white text with simple line drawings, but it’s packed with lots of easy lessons. My kids really liked the dialogues. Each kid would get to be one person and that would be the part they read. If there were extra lines, I’d assign them or read them myself. We’d read the stories more than once a week. The lessons are built around a theme of vocabulary and they give you lots of practice. What I liked about this book is that it’s inexpensive enough that you don’t mind writing all your answers in it. And, you get serious grammar with the vocabulary, so you’re actually learning how to read, write, and speak the language all at once.

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