French Software Reviewed
Title: The Rosetta Stone Language Library French
||10 yrs - adults
PC or other :
The Rosetta Stone Language
Library is a complete language pack, incorporating CD ROMS, student's workbook, teacher
handbook, and student study guide.
Teaching with this Title
Rosetta Stone, words become associated with objects and ideas because they are introduced
in a context where meaning is clear. Because
the Rosetta Stone uses carefully selected pictures to create its content of meaning,
students work exclusively in the target language in French.
programme is sequential and had been developed as a step by step by process. Different parts of the programme emphasise
listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing. The content of the
CD ROM is accurate, reliable and up to date with native speakers used throughout. Level I of the Rosetta Stone consists of eight
units that are divided into ten lessons with and additional review lesson at the end of
each unit. Each lesson consists of ten
screens with four pictures each.. Level I 1 of The Rosetta Stone consists of eleven units. Level I I contains a great deal of vocabulary and
it could only be used by students who have a thorough knowledge of the material in Level
Students can navigate through
the material at their own pace. I found the
CD ROM worked best when used in conjunction with the whole package, activity book, study
guide, student and teachers manual.
Material covered in the weekly class lesson is reinforced as the children work on the CD
ROM during the intervening week. Students can proceed through the programme at their own
pace which caters for both the slower and faster learners.
The multimedia CD presents sight, sound and the written word in a stimulating and exciting
fashion which appeals to all students.
The CD ROM must be manually
installed using the 'Installation CD'. Once
complete, use of the Rosetta Stone CD launches quickly.
Response to student imput is very satisfactory. Each activity emphasised one of the skills
required to learn a new language and accommodate a variety of learning styles. The listening comprehension activities develop the
ability to understand spoken phrases in the new language without seeing the written text. Reading comprehension activities develop the
reverse skill. Speaking activities improve
pronunciation of the new language by comparing the students speech with the native
speaker. This activity required a microphone. Writing activities improve spelling and accents.
The On Screen help is useful and
available at all times using distinct symbols. Students
can by pass the introductory sequence and lessons previously completed easily. All lessons are clearly organised and proceeding
from one to the next is straight forward.
In general I would
wholeheartedly recommend the Rosetta Stone Language Library for students learning a modern
foreign language. However, it is best suited
to students in the senior classes of the primary school.