French Software Reviewed
Title: The Cat Came Back
||4 - 7
of Publication :
PC or other :
CD ROM can be run in English .,French
or Spanish. While I believeit
to be a very worthwhile resource if used in English with young children,
ages 4 - 7 years, I have reservations about using the French version.
Teaching with this Title
children follow the adventures of a cool cat who travels by balloon, spaceship,
train and stagecoach. The
children are encouraged to develop their reading, spelling, comprehension
and vocabulary skills, as they turn pictures into animations, words into
songs, questions into answers. The CD also teaches children basic musical
notation and introduces them to musical instruments.
As they proceed through the programme they can collect clues and
solve six mysteries within the story.
However, I question the level of difficulty in the French language used
in the CD where the subject matter would really only appeal to young children. Children using this programme would need a good grasp of the
French language, without this the children would loose motivation and
enthusiasm to complete the programme.
the content is accurate and reliable with pronunciation of a high standard,
the language and style are in my opinion, inappropriate for the target
age group. There is no facility
to alter the level of difficulty within the programme.
software is well designed, being both visually and aurally stimulating
and appealing. On screen
help is useful and distinct and the user can move between sections easily.
is straight forward and quick. Unfortunately
also there is no supporting documentation. While an excellent CD for the Junior
classes if used in English, this CD is of minimal use to the student of
modern foreign languages in the primary school.