Frequently Asked Questions
Do not worry, after purchasing an item from our website, it will be registered in your account. You will always be able to access it and download it as many times as you wish. You just need to go to "Your account" and select the file you would like to download.
After purchasing an Icebreaker you will be able to download its zip file. That file contains the video in high resolution, the MP3 audio files and the PDF document with the activities and the answer key. The video file has a .wmv or .mp4 format that makes it compatible with most of the available players, such as The KMPlayer, PowerDVD, RealPlayer, MPlayer, VLC Media Player, Zoom Player and Media Player Classic.
You can print and photocopy all the worksheets included in the PDF file. Therefore, you should not have to install any additional program, as long as your computer has a video player and the free Adobe Reader to open PDF files.
On 27 September 2010 we decided to change our pricing policy, and all the prices in our website are currently final prices. That means there will not be any additions as far as shipping, charges, taxes or any other kind after you click the "purchase" button. We hope this decision eases the purchasing process, providing clear information to our customers about the exact price they'll pay for each of our items.
We are obviously aware of the risks of on-line shopping. For that reason, all of our sales are done through Paypal, so you will never be asked to enter your credit card details in our web page. You just need a Paypal account or a credit card, nothing else.
Our vocabulary cards can only be downloaded from our website in a PDF file. We believe this is a good idea for teachers who do not have time to make them themselves, but do not want to spend a lot of money buying cards either.
We will add new vocabulary card sets and games to play with the cards, since they are in our opinion one of the best ways to teach vocabulary.
Icebreakers are only available to download directly from our website. We understand there are teachers who might prefer to work with a traditional DVD and booklet, so we are also offering compilations of Icebreakers which you can order on-line and receive by mail. DVDs also contain some extra features, such as Spanish subtitles and photos.
In addition to that, our longer videos would take too long to download, so we have decided to commercialize them in DVD. These videos are divided in different parts, so teachers can also use them as short videos.
We use the term “Icebreaker” for very short videos (usually less than ten minutes long) which are perfect to give the students a general overview about a certain topic.
All of our Icebreakers also include reading, grammar and listening activities to help students understand the video, and also to study that topic in depth.
We focus on creating materials for teachers, and we trust them to use our resources in the way that best benefits their class. Most of our materials do not include detailed instructions about how to work with those materials, but we provide enough exercises to suit a wide range of levels. The exceptions are our Smart Lesson Plans, which include a .doc file with clear instructions, in both English and Spanish, to use all the files included in the package.
No, Bablingua does not compete with any existing method or textbook. It does not replace any of the available materials to learn a language. We offer additional videos, texts and listening exercises that complement the ones you already have.
We believe videos are a great resource in a foreign language classroom, but videos above 20 minutes long might only be appropriate for upper levels. A short video is usually much more effective: teachers can play them and stop them as many times as they want, without having to spend a whole class every time they want to work with a certain video.
We are also aware of the effort students have to make in order to understand it, so we try to adapt the duration to their attention span.
We have adopted the Common European Framework, which establishes six different levels. We are currently making materials for the first four: