Power-Glide ESL Spanish Ultimate
Power-Glide ESL Spanish is easy enough for beginners, but robust enough
to help you develop advanced language skills. It allows you to go from
beginning to advanced levels in one course. And since Power-Glide is
fully accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges,
you're assured of quality and ease of obtaining credit.
Excerpt from the Power-Glide ESL Spanish Course
Power-Glide ESL Spanish is an easy to use, comprehensive course. It
makes learning English fun. Get ready for the adventure of your life!
Read an excerpt in Spanish from the course below:
"Esta amaneciendo. Tu compañero y tú son agentes
del servicio secreto y están asignados a aterrizar en paracaídas
en una isla. Esta isla pequeña se encuentra en la costa este
de los Estados Unidos. Las isla ha sido invadida por agentes de un lugar
desconocida. Tu misión es de descubrir por qué ésta
pequeña isla ha sido capturada. ¿Qué hay en esa
isla que la hace tan valiosa? La única información que
tienes hasta ahora, es que un submarino te va a recoger en el extremo
norte de la isla a la medianoche."
Speak the language, not just pass the test
The focus of Power-Glide ESL Spanish is to help Spanish speakers communicate
freely and expressively in English. You won't find mazes of grammar
rules, boring rote memorization, and mind-numbing drills. Instead, Power-Glide
ESL Spanish gives you real language learning—the kind where you
actually internalize the language, and begin to use it as your own.
Puzzles, games, stories, music
The activities in the course are diverse enough to accommodate many
different learning styles and aptitudes. You'll find music, stories,
memory aids, you-are-there adventures, kinesthetic, visual, audio activities,
and more. In addition, Power-Glide ESL Spanish can be used:
- with or without a teacher
- in groups or individually and self-paced
What you will learn in this course:
- Time of Day
- Greetings & Goodbyes
- Location & Direction
- Family Vocabulary
- Plants & Animals
- Clothing Vocabulary
- Action Verbs
- Shapes & Lines
- Verb Agreement
- Past, Present & Future Tense Verbs
- Stories, Songs, and much more!
The Power-Glide Creator
Robert W. Blair, Ph.D., is the creator of Power-Glide language courses.
His methods are informed by current language acquisition theory and
rooted in the work of world-renowned language teaching innovators. These
methods provide a rich experience in communication and make the course
fun and engaging.
to what Dr Blair has to say about Power-Glide.
Included in the course:
- 4 Audio CDs
Audio activities from the course are conveniently organized and separated
by track on the CDs.
322 Pages. The core of Power-Glide's robust and award winning language
course. Divided into sections, it includes cultural information, self-tests,
written exercises, and is linked to the audio CDs, so finding your
way through it is as easy as pushing play and following along.
The Power-Glide Method
Why are Power-Glide programs so effective? They are a blend of the
best innovations based on up-to-date understanding of linguistics and
With few exceptions, language-learning methods have not changed much
in the past 50 years. What you typically find today is the old "listen-and-repeat"
methods done with new technology: tapes, CDs, computers, etc., packaged
and worded to make them seem new. But they usually aren't new at all.
They are the same old "uglies" of language learning repackaged
to look new. The essence hasn't changed.
Occasionally a few creative geniuses have made breakthroughs in language
learning. See the chart below for examples.
Breakthroughs in Language Learning:
Each breakthrough has added something to language learning effectiveness.
But, each method focused on its own approach almost exclusively. Then
one linguist, Dr. Robert Blair, took the most revolutionary step of
all. He put the best of them together into a systematic learning process,
added his own innovations, and tested and validated it with thousands
of students. This integrated and improved result is now known as the
Power-Glide programs are revolutionary because they do not limit themselves
to one type of learning strategy, but utilize the best practices from
around the world. Most developers of language training have one primary
strategy that they use. It might be listening and repeating, or role-playing,
mnemonics, games, Diglot-Weaves* (see explanation below, nr 6 of "Features
of the Power-Glide Approach), or any number of other approaches. While
these methods might be good for certain situations, the Power-Glide
programs use each strategy for its best application. Thus, the overall
learning is accelerated exponentially. Also, the variety of learning
activities and approaches make it easy for all types of learners to
absorb the language faster than with traditional methods.
The self-paced nature of the courses makes it possible for teachers
or parents who do not know the target language to help a child learn
without any prior training. The Power-Glid courses actually offer teacher/parent
guides that are filled with ideas to keep students motivated and progressing.
Features of the Power-Glide Approach
- Language specific
Unlike most language training programs, Power-Glide courses are designed
for speakers of specific languages, rather than the “one size
fits all” approach. This takes advantage of what each language
community knows and doesn’t know and avoids wasted effort as
well as special techniques to address language-specific problems.
- Based on up-to-date information/research on linguistics
and learning psychology
While the Power-Glide method is revolutionary, it is based on solid
research and the most up-to-date information on the relevant disciplines.
- Involves learners in immediate use of the language in real
Power-Glide courses avoid the drudgery of rote memorization of words
and rules by immediately involving the learners in practical use of
the language in real situations. This keeps interest, confidence,
and motivation high.
- Uses adventure stories and activities
From the beginning, the students are involved in an adventure story
and activities that are like a fun game to them. Thus they enjoy their
studies and are highly motivated to continue the learning.
- Uses multiple methods of learning: music, stories, activities,
People have different learning styles. By using various methods, music,
stories, etc., everyone’s style will be included and interest
and variety will be enhanced.
- Uses Diglot Weave
Students start with familiar stories in their own language and gradually
transition word by word, into the other language. The context provides
the meaning and thus makes the learning an almost effortless, natural
- Takes learners from the known to the unknown along the
While learning a foreign language can be challenging, it does not
need to be brutal. The Power-Glide method guides the learners through
the most productive and gentle paths.
- Uses memory devices and phonemic approximations
Learning the right pronunciation and remembering the words and phrases
of another language are greatly facilitated by using memory devises
and acceptable approximations from the users own language. This also
reduces the “fear” of learning that many people experience.
- Starts with young children before their language “compartments”
While Power-Glide programs can be used by anyone at any age, it includes
courses for young children whose minds are still open to learning
a language as a native speaker. By doing so, the language will feel
like skin rather than clothes.
- Doesn't require teachers
One of the greatest advantages of Power-Glide courses is the fact
that the teacher, parent or facilitator doesn’t need to know
the language in order to assist the learner in the process. The one
assisting also learns as an unexpected byproduct of their helping.
- Uses tests and gives academic credit
By working with school systems, many Power-Glide course include academic
tests which are recognized as, and can qualify for, school credit.
This systematic testing also provides additional motivation and pacing.
- Many other innovative strategies
Increases motivation, retention, joy of learning, desire to use.
What the Clients Say
"Speaking and thinking spontaneously in a foreign language is
challenging, but is an important goal that is hard to achieve with traditional
programs. In Power-Glide courses, emphasis is not on mechanics and rote
learning. This course aims to teach children in a manner that simulates
natural language acquisition."
Stepanie Heese, reviewer, The Review Corner
"Thirty years ago, in Guatemala, I used Dr. Blair¹s materials
and they were the best I had ever seen. Now that I could ‘test’
the materials with more than 40 students in various classes, I am even
more convinced that they are the best language teaching materials in
Herbert Horne, linguist, former teacher for Wycliffe Bible Translators,
and current homeschool co-op administrator
"Most curriculum developers seem to have forgotten what it was
like to sit endlessly in a classroom listening and pretending to be
interested in boring subject material, but not Dr. Blair."
Susan Moore, reviewer, Editor’s Choice
"As one who designs educational programs for individual students
in our school, I must tell you how impressed I have been with the Power-Glide
material. I was able to examine the second year course material for
our community college. Your course is more comprehensive!"
Linda Rittner, Director, Pleasant Hill Academy
"Miles beyond the traditional text in creativity and interest
Cathy Duffy, Author, Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual
"Power-Glide delivers what it promises. With this course you won't
be intimidated to teach a foreign language. Every successful lesson
learned will motivate you to move on to the next one."
Kathy von Duyke, Editor, KONOS Helps!
"Unlike other higher-priced courses, the approach does not contain
repetitive drills, is not strictly hearsay, and does not promise subliminal
learning. It is fast-paced and takes full concentration. The use of
the full-sized textbook included with the tapes makes it a more comprehensive
course than others with twice the number of tapes."
Anne Brodbeck, reviewer for Mary Pride's, Practical Homeschooling
"I really love the way that a concept is presented, used in various
examples and then left for the student to take the next leap and apply
key information in different ways. You can actually watch the light
bulb flash brightly above your child's head! She gets it!"
Nancy Lande, Author, Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days
"I've been chipping away at Spanish for 20+ years and have purchased
umpteen zillion programs. I was immediately impressed by how much conversational
fluency I felt I gained in the two short hours of my flight home."
Cafi Cohen, Author, And What about College?
How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges and Universities