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The ULAT is a three-year language program based on the Natural Language Acquisition Sequence.  It imitates the natural means by which one learns one’s native language, first laying a strong oral foundation to ensure that students actually learn to speak their new language, before moving on to elementary reading and then finally  to writing.  For the second consecutive year, the thousands of readers and visitors of the Practical Homeschooling have awarded the ULAT the iLearn award as the nation’s leader among online interactive programs in terms of user satisfaction.



About

1. Using the ULAT in a homeschooling setting:

2. Using the ULAT in schools:

3. Using the ULAT in a co-op


General Information

USERNAME AND PASSWORD

The first 15 lessons in the ULAT program are provided to you free of charge and therefore do not require the use of a username and password. You are assigned a username and password upon subscribing to the ULAT, but will not be obliged to use them until you reach lesson 1.16.

WHAT THE ULAT IS … AND ISN’T

The award-winning ULAT program is highly effective and time-tested foreign language curriculum, whose graduates have enjoyed excellent college placement and advanced placement results. It is not, however, a program that keeps track of students’ progress through their lessons nor which corrects and grades the students’ work. Students simply remember the lesson they last completed and pick up at the same point the next time they return to the program. Though accompanied by hundreds of instructional videos, the ULAT is nonetheless primarily curriculum and, as feedback from teachers and students attests, among the very best and most effective that exists.

OPTIONAL RELIGIOUS CONTENT

Whenever the ULAT invites students to perform a reading activity, it always provides them with two options – one a secular reading and the other containing a biblical theme. The students or schools using the ULAT are free to choose the option of greatest interest or most appropriate to them. Additionally, the author of the ULAT, Mr. Nesbitt, is a Christian and, on very rare occasions may make some passing mention of his faith. If either of these realities is problematic for you or for your institution, then the ULAT is not a good solution for you.

LENGTH OF A LESSON

Some lessons can be studied sufficiently in a single day, others will take as long as four days. Consequently, determine how much time you intend to devote to foreign language study each day and then, when that much time has transpired on any given day, simply stop your study at that point of the current lesson and then pick up your work the next day where you left off.

COMPLETING ONE YEAR OF STUDY

Generally speaking, if you devote 45 minutes per day to studying the ULAT lessons, you will complete one year of study in approximately 180 days of class.

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

In the video found at the beginning of each lesson, an instructor will go through the lesson with the students, performing the lesson’s activities with them and providing helpful explanations.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

After watching the instructional video at the start of the lesson, and participating in the activities it proposes, the students are to work independently through the lesson, doing the activities that follow the video.

RED-BORDERED IMAGES

Be sure to click on any image containing a red border, as it will either play a sound or open a video clip.

TESTS

The existence of countdown clocks at the top of a lesson indicates that the lesson contains a timed exercise or test. By clicking on the clock, students can go directly to the corresponding timed exercise or test.

TEST ANSWER GUIDES

Lessons concluding with a test will usually contain four forms of that test. A video providing the correct answers to the oral tests is found at the end of the test. A button exists at the end of each written test that reveals its correct answers.

GRADING GUIDES

Suggested grading guides are found at the beginning of each testing section. Above and to the right of the first test, you will see the image of a percent sign. By clicking on it, you will be taken to a page which suggests how many points a test is worth and how many points to deduct for each error.

METHODS FOR EVALUATING A STUDENT’S TESTS

If the child is homeschooled, in descending order of what is ideal, here is how evaluation can take place:

1) the parent enrolls the student in a homeschool co-op using the ULAT and directed by a trained instructor

2) the parent is a native or near-native speaker of the language, or has studied it extensively, and is thus able to evaluate the child’s test performance

3) the parent learns the language along with the child and thus becomes able to perform the evaluation (the additional benefit being that the parent provides the child with the opportunity of conversation practice in the course of day-to-day life in the home)

4) the parent simply records the student’s responses, compares them to the answers provided in the video that follows each form of the test and then consults the grading guide to determine how many points each error would deduct from the student’s score

5) the parent does none of the above, knowing that his or her child is at least using a curriculum that is best suited to the acquisition of oral fluency, and then has the child take a standardized exam (CLEP, for example) at the end of the second and third years of study to have an objective measurement of the child’s progress and conceivably to obtain college credit.

TIME TO GET STARTED

Here is how you can try out the ULAT before subscribing. The first 15 lessons are provided free of charge. Click here and then select the language you wish to study. This will take you to the Table of Contents for the first 15 lessons. From there, click on the green button next to lesson 1.1 … and you’re off and running!