French Software Reviewed
Title: Smart Talk French
yrs - adults
of Publication :
PC or other :
language cd-rom contains
three modes of learning : listening, reading and speaking.
It has several topics to choose from, including Number, Food, Home
& Office etc. The classroom
teacher could use this program quite effectively to improve pupils
vocabulary, listening skills and pronunciation.
Teaching with this Title
The program supports language development in all its
forms. Special needs pupils
could benefit from the use of the programs listening mode.
With help, perhaps from another pupil they might also manage to
use the other modes. The program allows the pupils to record
their own voices, and this in turn can be played back.
This activity allows for the refinement of pronunciation.
This software package was used by pupils in pairs, and also individually.
for classroom use would be particularly beneficial as backup to language
acquisition in the French class.
It is a big plus that the pupil can select the topic he/she wishes
to work on. In some packages
this facility is not allowed so that the learning is somewhat hit &
The content is accurate, reliable and up-to-date.
It is culturally and racially balanced.
The scenarios are more geared towards older learners.
Scenes such as checking out an apartment for rent are included.
This is not terribly interesting for primary school pupils!
There are three levels of difficulty, but this really boils down to a
choice between working on (!.) Vocabulary (2.)Phrases, and(3) Conversations.
I liked the fact that the pupils could slow down the rate of speech of
the native speaker to suit their abilities. This would be a big plus for
mentioned, there is good all-round language exploration (oral / aural/
Product is well designed, colourful and offers plenty of
variety. Its easy to
navigate around the program. The
Help feature offers spoken guidance in French which can be
a bit off-putting for beginners.
A nice feature of this program is a link on to the publishers website.
Here the teacher can receive technical support, teacher previews
etc. The pupils can also
view a daily language lesson which focuses on Word of the Day.
The program installs easily, and proved easy to run each time.
This is sparse, being contained in an insert in the cd-rom
case. However it does contain
the transcripts of the conversations contained in the program.