How I Use It
The activities were engaging, using images, sounds, and visuals. There was quite a bit of repetition, but mainly to introduce new concepts. The placement test did not seem accurate - it seemed to underestimate skill level and placed users at lower skill levels. The lessons were interesting, and it was fun to earn points for work - but use of the resource was limited to one lesson. The website was simple, but a bit confusing - younger students may not know where to click and may lose time searching.
Babbel makes it easy to get started, placing users in a recommended course based on an initial placement test. Activities incorporate a varied combination of images, sounds, and visuals - repetition of new concepts is important. Earning points by completing activities adds a gamification element - but all of this is only free for the first lesson in each language. A monthly subscription with a year commitment is $6.95/month or over $80 a year. With every student needing a subscription, the cost would add up quickly. I would recommend teachers try the product and if they really like the content, pay for a subscription for themselves and use the content in whole group instruction as a class.