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Language Adventure takes a new approach to interactive language instruction. Rather than simply teach and drill vocabulary, Language Adventure presents an animated story that unfolds in the new language -- involving the student in a creative new world.
In addition to teaching French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish to the English speaking child, this program can be used as an ESL (English as a Second Language) or speech therapy tool. Words, phrases and sentences are presented in both an instructional language and a target language. Kids must then record themselves as they repeat what they have heard and compare their pronunciations with those of the program. When satisfied, students can move on to the next portion of the program. Lessons are sequenced so that they build on one another.
As they progress, kids are rewarded for their efforts in various ways. Music and animations give students an amusing break from the learning process. Kids also get a chance to complete story sections by creating simple animated scenes of their own. This is done with a variety of easy to use tools, including cut and paste, and drawing options.
Whereas younger kids were satisfied with the pace of Language Adventure, those kids on the older end of the age-range felt that its repetitious nature made the program slow and monotonous. Our teacher testers agreed that older students might find the program a bit tedious, but commented that it would nonetheless be a nice addition to conversation lab activities.
PC: Windows 95/98 or NT, 90 MHz or faster cpu, 3 MB hard drive space to install, and 60 MB for each student, 16 MB RAM (32 recommended), 256 color, 640x480 display, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit sound card, microphone.return to top of page
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