uTalk

uTalk is a language learning company based in London and we’ve been around for about thirty years. Starting with CD-ROMs, we now produce an app with a huge selection of languages to learn – 145 and counting! Our mission is simple: we want people to learn languages so they can make friends and have fun. To this end, we teach useful words and phrases – all voiced by native speakers – that are learnt by playing games and scoring points. These words and phrases are divided by topic, so our learners can pick up the vocabulary they need when they need it, helping to reinforce more advanced learners, as well as being suitable for total beginners.

 

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Dominic Martinez

Engineer

        

Christian Hale

Photographer

Curriculum Review


General Information

 

  • Curriculum Developer – uTalk 
  • Website Link
  • Grade Level Scope: Lower elementary, Upper elementary & Middle School/Junior High, High School
  • Subject Covered: Reading, Spelling, Foreign Language, Life Skills
  • Cost Range: $50 – $100
  • Supplemental Material Cost: less than $10
  • Format: Online and app
  • Religious content: No

Basic Features

 

  • Methodology: Online – self study
  • Learning Styles Utilized: Visual, Spatial, Auditory, and Verbal
  • Intelligences Utilized: Logic, Pictures, Words, Nature and Contimplation
  • Teaching Styles Utilized: Scripts, videos, repetitive, progressive steps, Mastery, Independent Work, Open-ended
  • Common Core: Yes
  • Accredited: Unknown
  • Teacher Helps: Above average

Product Description 

 

  • Font Size: Customizable to above average
  • Pictures: Lots of colorful pictures
  • Binding: Virtual, no books
  • Lessons Included: 64 subjects/languages with 100+ hours of practice
  • Intended Curriculum Usage Length: 1 year

Adapability 

 

  • Amount of Handwriting Required: None
  • Executive Functioning Concerns: Multiple smaller tasks and loosely organized
  • Average Length of Lessons: 10 – 15 minutes
  • Concentration Level Required: More than average
  • Modifiable by Lengthening Out Lessons: Possible, but games require a specific amount of tasks to be completed to finish
  • Language Complexity: Easier than average

Specific Disabilities 

 

  • Reading helps: Whole/sight words, Scripted, and Immersion

SPED Homeschool Review Crew Feedback

What was the one thing that most impressed you about this curriculum?

This is a well developed research based teaching method for learning a language combining visuals with constant distributive practice meaning learners see concepts repeatedly over several lessons and formats. The simple formats makes it easy to learn how to use the platform for most learners and is designed like a game with rewards as each level is accomplished.

What should parents of children with learning needs be aware of when looking into this curriculum?

If your learner has basic ability to speak and click on links, they will be able to use and learn from this program. For the practice phrase sections it will record whatever is said then offer the correct pronunciation after you hear what you said even if what you say is completely wrong. The program has some delays between when you speak for recorded sections and when it moves to the feedback. Children may need to be taught to wait as it is longer than expected (up to 10 seconds). The recall game keeps making you practice till you get them All correct so you may need to tell your child they can use the back arrow to get out rather than feeling stuck. All the other games finish within about 5-7 mins regardless of how many are right or wrong.