Maurice Hazan, the creator of the Symtalk curriculum, sold the Symtalk company to EMC a few years ago. Maurice's new company is TriBeCa Language (www.tribecalanguage.com), where Maurice has been enhancing and improving the language insruction approach using visual "cues" as scaffolding to enable rapid oral development without translation, writing, or memorization. Maurice calls this the QTalk&reg; method. There are language games for smart board as well as online games, interactive card games, a homeschool bundle, etc. all using the system of deeply intuitive visual mnemonics. I used the method as a homeschool parent with my son, and now I am an Educational Specialist on the QTalk Publishing team. I would be glad to assist anyone who has questions.
The Montgomery School uses the Symtalk program in grades pre-5th and also the Wilson School uses SymTalk starting in preschool so by the time the kids are in 5th grade they are reading and writing in French.
I am wondering if this program is more common in the elementary schools? After searching, it looks like the languages available include: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and English. I wish Hindi was also offered. My husband is trying to teach my son and me Hindi and it has been challenging. I think we would benefit from the Symtalk approach.
Maurice Hazan, the original author of SymTalk, now runs QTalk Publishing LLC. He has a Hindi book for what he calls the "Seed" level, or Pre-K - 2nd Grade roughly. I don't think the book is advertised, but you can contact him via the website http://www.qtalkpublishing.com KinderLingo in NJ uses the QTalk Hindi Book.