Title: The Rosetta Stone Language
Library 1 & 2
||10 - 12
of Publication :
PC or other :
Stone is an interactive multimedia program, which teaches German in a
very structured and systematic manner.
The material on CD is carefully graded.
On Rosetta Stone 1, eight units of instructional material including
ninety two lessons and review lessons.
No prior knowledge of the language is assumed.
In Rosetta Stone 11 intermediate instruction is provided under
eleven units which are divided into one hundred and eighteen lessons.
The program boasts over eight thousand words, phrases and dialogues,
spoken by native speakers. It
uses authentic real-life images and colourful cartoon-like pictures and
includes speech recognition for pronunciation.
A workbook, and a curriculum textbook with an index to the words included
as well as a student study guide, student management system, handbook
for teachers and illustrated user's guide are integral components of the
program. Some of the content
in Rosetta Stone covers the alphabet, pronunciation, verbs, adjectives,
singular and plural of nouns, questions and answers, personal pronouns,
cases. In the primary school
classroom, this represents a very formal course and is more suited to
adult learning styles.
Teaching with this Title
software addresses all aspects of language acquisition i.e. listening,
reading speaking and writing (dictation mode).
Writing exercises are also included in ancillary
The program begins with single nouns and progresses to use of phrases,
plurals and sentences, steadily introducing more grammar and vocabulary.
The icons are self-explanatory.
On screen areas to be clicked are quite large.
The teachers can identify exactly what has been covered, learnt
and misunderstood as scores are kept of the number of correct and incorrect
answers. With the comprehensive
student management system and the careful grading of lessons the special
needs student can be catered for.
The teacher can devise a sequence of lessons, set individual proficiency
requirements in tests to suit individual pupils.
strength of this title lies in its structure.
It serves as a self-help language course to the serious student. The teacher /user can check precisely what vocabulary has been
introduced and acquired.
Pupils worked individually at this package.
The program is somewhat tedious for primary school children.
Its linear structure doesn't appeal to their active imagination.
They found it limiting because the us r'@ response is always based
on the same format of listening and matching.
More varied interactivity is required.
Pupils found it lacking in stimulation.
The strength of this software lies in its student record management system
whereby the teachers can design, control and track student's study and
print a report of their progress including the number of attempts, time
on task, score achieved at each step.
Teachers can view or control activity by classes or individual
students. This may be of
benefit to second level language teachers.
content is accurate, reliable and up-to date.It is culturally,
gender and racially nonbiased.
It actively promotes equality by including images of boys, girls,
men, women, ethnic minorities. It
uses both male, female and child voices.
The level of difficulty of the language can be tailored to suit the experience
of the students however the product style is not appropriate for pupils
of primary school age who prefer a more imaginative and fun approach to
There are multiple levels of difficulty and challenge.
A delay feature can make it more challenging as the program
delays presenting one's choices until after the prompt.
This feature can be enabled or disabled.
The program can be set to re-question incorrect answers after a
few screens. Proficiency
levels from 0- I 00 can be set by the teacher to be achieved in tests.
The teacher can assign a sequence of modes to a test, or particular
chapters to classes or individual students.
The uses can decide to compete against the clock to increase the
The user can enable the "blindfold" icon, which only allows
them to hear the spoken German and not see the corresponding picture or
The information is carefully structured in units devised of instructional
lessons, review lessons, tutorials and tests.
An index includes every word in alphabetical order, when it has
been used and how often it appears in the unit.
As well as promoting listening and reading, the software includes a listen-recordplayback
feature, which allows students to record their own voice for comparison
with the native speaker. It
also includes a dictation mode, which prompts students to type words,
phrases, and sentences drawn from the lessons.
The program checks the work.
help is useful and appropriate and available at all times, while not intrusive.There
appears to be no modifications supported for pupils with special needs.
The software doesn't support the use of the keyboard instead
of the mouse.
The interface is clear, uncluttered and easy to navigate and consistentllf4ozframe
to frame. The functions of
the icons are obvious. It
requires no prior reading of the documentation.There is no
introductory sequence other than selecting a lesson level.
The teachers can assign usemames and passwords to pupils in the class
and in fact set up multiple classes.
Once logged in, the computer records the pupils' interactivity.
A lesson preview or reference tool allows students to page through
lessons to hear/see material freely without responding.
One can log in as a "Guest" and bypass the record management
system and thereby use any aspect of the program without keeping a record.
The program displays a score all the time, which can motivate the user.
The record management system records the number of attempts, the time
on task, the score at each step.
It allows the teacher to control selection and order of chapters,
predefine a sequence or design their own to tailor the use of Rosetta
Stone to existing classroom materials. Teachers can also control the proficiency level to be achieved
before a pupil passes a test. All
these reports can be viewed on screen, printed or exported for use in
CD's come with the package, one application CD which is needed to install
the product and one language CD which is needed to run the product.Once
installed, the product launches quickly.It responds quickly
to all input.
Rosetta Stone is designed for network use: AppleTalk
network, Local Talk, Ethernet and Novell NetWare Systems.The
sample was run on one PC only.
documentation is clearly separated into student materials, teacher materials,
and user notes. Loading and operation instructions are clear.
Sufficient information is given to enable the user to know what the software
does, and how it behaves without having to run the software.
The ancillary exercises are not suitable for the age group in consideration
however the teacher notes and pupil activities are relevant to the material
on CD. They contain short, simple exercises based exactly on the lesson
content including matching pictures and text, cloze procedure, descriptive
and creative writing, true or false exercises, crossword puzzles and word
searches. The material is
very well graded and developed and may be useful for second level students,
mature students and private use.