Language learning software that uses a language immersion approach. Language
immersion is a way to learn language without using rote instruction. The
approach includes contextual activities in the target language.
Ease of use:
Navigation through LanguageNow! starts with titles. For instance,
the user picks a title/topic and is then immersed in a contextual language
lesson that is of interest to the user. LanguageNow! software capitalizes
on a variety of activities used to teach language. For example, games, video,
sound and pronounciation, cultural information and practice assessments are
employed to provide language lessons that address many learning styles.
Upon purusing the program, I was amazed and delighted that the application
gave a definition of language immersion. I was especially thrilled
because I know there are several different types of language immersion. I
noted that effort was made to integrate cultural information which is sometimes
missing from language immersion practices. The software is a nice model
of how to teach yourself a language using technology as a tool. LanguageNow!
gave me ideas about how to organize Heritage language lessons on the Web.