The Rosetta Stone Language Library
This language learning CD-ROM is based on immersion-learning techniques.
It uses a text, sound and picture method for each language lesson.
First, the user selects a language. There are many languages
represented. Second, the user selects a lesson. Depending on the learner's
level of proficiency, it is possible to start at any lesson. Third, the learner
selects an activity. For example, the user can select Spanish, then
select lesson one ( for instance it may be about animals) and then the activity
selected provides five areas of language skills to practice: listening
and reading, just listening, just reading, speaking and recording. The
CD-ROM uses native speakers voices.
Ease of Use:
Navigating through the lessons is not difficult. The activities are
user friendly. Each language unit contains four frames: login,
lessons, activities and pictures. The user can customize the lesson
to suit their needs.
In my opinion, the one item that really impressed me is that the user could
record their pronounciations and compare it to the native speaker's voice.
I also was excited to be able to customize the activities to the language
skill I wanted to acquire, for instance, listening and speaking. Two
items turned me off: there was a guarantee that learning would endure
and any language background would work. This sort of language used
to describe software leads me to be much more critical of the entire process.
One thing that was missing was integrating cultural information about
each of the languages.