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Teachers & parents can now monitor students' progress

Gamesforlanguage.com just added a new (free) feature on request: Letting parents or teachers monitor the progress of their children or students who are learning a foreign language with gamesforlanguage.com.

The screenshot on the left shows the scores and time a learner spent on each game and scene, information teachers and parents had asked for.

For further information, how parents and teachers can set up multiple accounts and monitor them, contact peter@gamesforlanguage.com.

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Royal Baloo reviews gamesforlanguage.com

Royal Baloo recently reviewed our program. The reviewer commented:

Overall, I think it's a great program. It's fun and inviting, the progress bar makes we want to continue, and I am actually remembering most of what I learned.

Read the full review HERE

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Free 2-week subscription to Gamesforlanguage.com!

During the month of August, GamesforLanguage.com is offering a FREE 2-WEEK SUBSCRIPTION to anyone who scores 500 points by the end of the first 2 FREE Lessons (Scenes) of German, French, Italian, and Spanish. And if you do, you'll also receive the mp3 audio of Level 1 (Scenes 1-6) as well as the vocabulary lists of the six Scenes.

Just by playing one (1) Scene per day (15-20 minutes), you can learn over 250 new words, together with many useful phrases and sentences of our travel story.

And in 2 weeks, you can easily score 5,000 points, and thereby extend your subscription for FREE for an additional month. Read all about our 2013 LEARN & EARN in our FAQs.

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Getting hooked on playing and learning German...

The “It takes a village” blog took a look at our program a few weeks ago and the blogger's 7-year old daughter apparently got “hooked” on learning German. Playing games and learning a foreign language would certainly  have motivated our children as well - if such programs had existed a few years ago...

And yes, raising bilingual children takes a lot of effort - by the children and their parents!


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MommyMaestra.com reviews Gamesforlanguage

MommyMaestra.com, a site of “Discoveries of a Latina Homechooler” recently reviewed our program and, naturally, our Spanish course. The reviewer found that “Gamesforlanguage is a fun way to complement more comprehensive courses and can be used as a weekly reward or incentive.

Read the full review HERE.

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Language Trainers publishes GamesforLanguage guest blog

colosseumThis guest blog by Ulrike was recently published on the Language Trainers site. You can also read Ivana Vitali's take on the benefits of using a personal tutor on our blog here.

There are indeed many roads that can lead you to learning a new foreign language.

Have you found your road yet?

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Free GamesforLanguage Subscriptions through Word-of-Mouth...

FreeMore players are discovering a unique GamesforLanguage feature:

You can get FREE subscriptions by (1) referring your friends to the GamesforLanguage demos (no purchase required!) and/or (2) by meeting the 2013 LEARN & EARN challenge.

The FAQs describe both options:

For each friend you refer (and who only needs to REGISTER) you earn a 1-month FREE subscription. If YOU are already registered, just log in HERE and on the "PLAY" page, click the SHARE G4L! button (where you can also check your referral status).

And even if you only have ONE friend who registers, you can extend your subscription through our 2013 LEARN & EARN challenge, also described in the FAQs: Scoring 5,000 points will earn you an additional one (1) month - scoring 10,000 points will earn you two (2) months.

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Homeschool.com reviews GamesforLanguage.com

Homeschool.com, The #1 Homeschooling Community recently reviewed the GamesforLanguage.com program

 

They concluded:

“This is a fun language educational resource....it teaches relevant information....it's a game--so it's enjoyable....and it's very affordable--it's a great supplement for anyone learning French, Italian, Spanish, or German.

We certainly enjoyed Games for Language, and the games we played!”

Read the full review HERE!

 

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Homeschooling & Summer Camp Fun & Practice with GamesforLanguage

 

Word Invader screenWe have recently been fielding inquiries from parents and camp counselors who wonder whether our GamesforLanguage programs are appropriate for homeschooling and summer camps. We always answer with an enthusiastic YES. In fact, our game-based programs are a great way to keep kids busy AND learning on rainy days. Once kids can read and write, they can play GamesforLanguage.

What are the GamesforLanguage program topics?

The 36 scenes of a course tell the story of a young Menu Screenman who travels to France, Italy, Spain, or Germany. The 4-14 line dialogs of each lesson – we call them “Scenes” - start with a conversation in the airplane, then cover visiting friends and family, some sightseeing, buying train/bus tickets, and ordering food. Along the way, tidbits of cultural information on each country are sprinkled in. (For example: Why did Mark Twain liked the name Heidelberg - where he lived for three months? Which French painter was a banker before he became famous?) The travel story engages the learner, provides relevant vocabulary, and creates a framework that ties everything together. Various games teach, review, and practice the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation with points given for correct answers and completed games. (For voice recording, the player needs a microphone and Flash Player.) After the first few Scenes, players have to reach minimum scores in order to progress to the next Scene.

How does GamesforLanguage.com work?

Moon LandingWe described both the idea of our program and its specifics in two recent blogs: The GamesforLanguage Program – Part 1: Approach and Methods, and Part 2: Games Summary. Even if children are following a specific language curriculum, GamesforLanguage will be a great and fun addition to their language learning, especially during the summer months and even later!

Hardware/Software

As this is an online program, you need a decent Internet Recording Screenconnection, a PC/laptop with one of the modern and updated browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc. as well as an updated Flash Player (for the recordings). You can even play our programs (without an Apple app) on an iPad and iPhone using iOS6, but – because Apple does not support the Flash player – the recording feature does not work on those devices. (We are hopeful that Android devices will soon be able to play our program as well.)

We also provide mp3 audios of each level which can be downloaded.

Pricing structures

Inquiries by summer camps have prompted us to develop different pricing structures for group purchases. And during May our FREE six-day trial provides a great opportunity for trying out GamesforLanguage!

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FREE 6-day Trial with Learn & Earn in MAY

During the month of May, GamesforLanguage players can register for a FREE 6-day trial subscription. (Players who registered previously and have less than 300 points can still participate and can so indicate via contact.)

All can participate in our Learn & Earn challenge which continues into June. As further explained in our FAQs, users can earn additional free months, if they exceed score goals of 5,000 and 10,000 points respectively.

GamesforLanguage currently offers four languages: French 1, German 1, Italian 1, and Spanish 1. Easy games let players understand, read, write, and speak the story of a young traveler who visits the four European countries. With a story that continues through all 36 lessons of the program, players learn relevant and practical everyday vocabulary. Each player will also receive the mp3 audio of "The Story" at the start of each level to download.

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