CD-ROM-Evaluation
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Index of all CD-ROMs evaluated

Heimtrainer Wirtschaftsenglisch, English (BE / AE), Assimil. (evaluation)

Author Plus, English, Clarity Language Consultants Ltd, http://www.clarity.com.hk . (evaluation)

The Report Writer, English, Clarity Language Consultants Ltd http://www.clarity.com.hk . (evaluation)

Tense Buster (Demo CD), English, Clarity Language Consultants Ltd, Sai Kung Hon Kong, 1997. www.clarity.com.hk . (evaluation)

Tense Buster ('real' CD), English, Clarity Language Consultants Ltd, Sai Kung Hon Kong, 1997. www.clarity.com.hk . (evaluation)

Tell me more, English, Cornelsen Software GmbH&Co, 1998. www.cornelsen.de . (evaluation)

Focus on Grammar- (Demo CD), English, Exceller Software Corp., West Ithaca, http://www.exceller.com . (evaluation)

The Multimedia English Course 4: upper intermediate, English (BE), Max Hueber Verlag, 1998. http://www.hueber-vfd.de . (evaluation)

Sag`s auf Japanisch, Japanese, Langenscheidt, 1998. www.langenscheidt.de . (evaluation file)

Sag`s auf Arabisch (equivalent to Sag`s auf Japanisch), Arabic, Langenscheidt, 1998. www.langenscheidt.de . (evaluation)

Langenscheidts Vokabeltrainer, English (BE) [French, Spanish, Italian], Langenscheidt KG, 1999, www.langenscheidt.de . (evaluation)

Langenscheidt Expresskurs Business English, English (BE), Langenscheidt KG Berlin + München. www.langenscheidt.de . (evaluation)

Englisch Sprachkurs 2, English (AE), Digital Publishing, München. www.digitalpublishing.de . (evaluation)

Spanisch ohne Mühe heute, Spanish, Assimil, 1984. (evaluation)

Langenscheidt - Sags auf Türkisch Sofware für zu Hause, Sprachführer für unterwegs, Turkish, Langenscheid KG Berlin + München, 1998. www.langenscheidt.de . (evaluation)

Langenscheidt Wörterbücher für Profis test version for 30 days, English, Langenscheid KG Berlin + München. www.langenscheidt.de . (evaluation)

Fit in Englisch Text-Training für perfektes English, English, Langenscheid, www.langenscheidt.de . (evaluation)

Libra - Multimedia (Demo Disc), German Spanish, French, English (Travel talk: Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish), Libra Sales and Marketing, Windsor, http://www.libra.co.uk . (evaluation)

The Rosetta Stone Latin Explorer, Latin, Fairfield Language Technologies, 1993. (evaluation file)

English for Business (Demo CD), English, University of Wolverhampton school of languages and European Studies. (evaluation)




Evaluatins

Programme

 

 

Real English Interactive Sprachkurs Englisch (Business)

Euro +

Target language  English Business English
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marzio School

7 Rue des Baumes

13800 Istress, France

Tel. +33 (0) 442 550 125

marzio@pacwan.fr

http://realenglish.tm.fr

(c) 1999

HEXAGLOT GmbH

Vertriebsleitung Software

Sportallee 41

22335 Hamburg

Tel.: 089/36096-442 (Mo.-Fr. 10-12 h)

Fax: 089/36096-266 (Mo.-Fr. 10-12 h)

100322.3323@compuserve.com

(c) 1996

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of CDs: 2

NO manual

Amount of vocabs: not given

Price: about $65 (acc. to homepage)

# of CDs: 1

Manual included as file

Amount of vocabs: not given

Price: 129,- DM

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Win 3.x, 95/98

Pentium 120

16 MB

12 MB

required

required

2x

required

headphones or speakers

MS-DOS 3.1, Win 3.1/3.11, Win 95

386 SX

4 MB

10 MB

SVGA, min. 800x600, 256 colours

Microsoft compatible (16 bit)

2x

required

headphones or speakers

MS Video for Win 1.0 & Access 1.0 driver (both included)

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

German, French or Spanish

Beginner only

None

no 

no 

 

German

Intermediate

Business

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

12

yes 

partly

Watch & click

Drag & drop

Vocal recognition

Listen & type

Multiple choice

no 

yes 

yes 

yes 

2 chapters, 10 units each

no 

partly

Drag & drop

Typing

Listen & click

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

This package is the first in a series of CD-ROMs designed to learn English employing "real" English videoclips recorded from people met on the streets. The user thus learns how people talk in an English speaking country (as opposed to the "Oxford standard English" used in many other CD-Roms). The programme also points out the most important regional varieties of English that exist today: The alphabet, for example, is recited by an American, an Irish woman, a Scottish woman and an Englishman. The difference in pronunciation is included in the exercises that follow. The exercises are generally very useful, spelling is efficiently taught by using "drag and drop" exercises to spell the words in question. A lot of the exercises accept either typed or spoken answers - which means there are two ways of using that particular exercise.

In between exercises, the programme also gives grammatical information related to the preceding or following exercise. Sadly, this information is presented in a typical "grammar book"-like way - an indication that this programme is intended to be used by adults.

One of the most interesting aspects of this product is voice recognition. It is really great when it works properly (and it does in most cases), however, the program has got difficulties in recognising finer nuances, e.g., "seventeen" and "seventy" were both recognised as "17". Sometimes, it simply does not work: One exercise requires to iterate a manís phone number shown in the preceding video clip. When I came to "5", it recognised "0", "0" and "1" in three different loud and clear attempts. But that can also be a technical problem, since I only have a very cheap microphone.

The "record and compare" function is very useful, after you record the sentence in question, you can listen to the programme version followed by your own attempt. It is an easy way to discover wrong pronunciation and correct it.

The major drawback of this product is the fact that it is clearly only the first part of a series: You get to learn, "how are you ?", numbers, asking for the way, the time and the family, but it lacks information on buying something in an English spoken country and the like, making it ill-suited for somebody who would like to learn a little English for a holiday.

There is also a lack of basic vocabulary featured in other ordinary language courses (on book or CD). With a price of $65, it is a rather expensive product, because to really get a grip on English, you would have to buy at least half a dozen more of these CDs, but if these forthcoming products are as expensive as the first one, people are probably better off with one of the other products.

 

This programme is designed to improve English used in the business world. In order to understand the exercises, the userís English has to be on an intermediate level and they have to know about business in general because the exercises stay very close to this topic. And that is one of the strengths of the product: People learn what to say in business meetings, how to respond to complaints on the telephone or how to describe the way a company functions.

Interspersed between the exercises, there are revisions on English grammar, always with examples relevant to the business world.

In addition to the exercises mentioned in the survey above, there are writing exercises that obviously can not be corrected by the program, such as "Read the advertisement above and try to write one of your own."

Correction is handled in a strange way: The programme never shows the user what exactly went wrong with the answers (which can be especially frustrating with typing exercises where you have to retype whole sentences (...to the letter)), it only gives the number of mistakes at the end. The only way to check what went wrong is by enabling all correct answers to be shown at the same time.

All of the programmeís colours can be configured via a menu, which is very convenient. But there is also a flaw in the functionality: button descriptions do not appear when the pointer is ABOVE the button, but only when the button is clicked on (and the feature therefore activated). This can be very annoying for users new to the programme.

The multimedia is used well, however, sparingly: you can not listen to spoken versions of every exercise item or sentence - you only get to hear selected ones. But these examples include non-native speakers from around the world, one unit, for example, features a telephone conversation with a Chinese manager, whose English has of course a Chinese accent.

There are several external tools that come with the program. The tape recorder allows you to record your own voice and it shows a graphic representation of it.

The spelling teacher limits the user to press a certain key, voiced by the computer, as fast as possible. Not a very efficient tool.

The browser enables you to search all the units for certain grammatical topics, which is very convenient.

Then there is a tool that shows and reads all the irregular verbs. It only serves as listening exercise, though because there is no exercise to learn the irregular verbs.

The price is a bit high for only one CD, but I guess people from the business world can spare the money, and if they do, they will find a valuable tool to improve their business English.

 

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Programme

 

 

Tense Buster The Report Writer
Target language  English English
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity Language Consultants Ltd

PO Box 163

Sai Kung,

Hong Kong

Tel.: +85227911787

Fax: +85227916484

andrew@clarity.com.hk

http://www.clarity.com.hk

Clarity Language Consultants Ltd

PO Box 163

Sai Kung,

Hong Kong

Tel.: +85227911787

Fax: +85227916484

andrew@clarity.com.hk

http://www.clarity.com.hk

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of CDs: 1

Manual

# of vocabs: not given

Price: ?

# of CDs: 1

No Manual

Price: ?

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 3.1., 95/98, NT

386

?

?

required

required

2x

not required

headphone / speakers

Windows 3.1., 95/98, NT

386

?

?

required

not required

2x

not required

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

English

Elementary, 3x Intermediate, Advanced

Grammar only

yes 

yes 

 

English

Advanced

none

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

about 8 per Level

yes 

no 

Drag & drop

Type in the gaps

Click on exercise

Writing

 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

yes 

7 types of letters

no 

N/A

None

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

no 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

no 

no 

no 

no 

 

no 

no 

no 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

This programme is not designed to learn English from scratch, but focuses on grammar exercises only. It can serve as a good additional programme for people using another CD-Rom for learning English, because it sums up all the important points of English grammar and provides exercises to practise them. However, the exercises can get a bit monotonous at times, and the colours of the programme are awful: yellow text on dark green background.

The manual is useful, especially in creating your own exercises (this option makes the product very interesting for teachers).

There are some spoken samples of selected vocabulary in Oxford-style English. More of these would make the product even better.

The grammar problems are explained well and there are good examples that illustrate the correct usage.

It is probably good value for money (I couldnít find the price anywhere - not even on their website), you get five different levels (Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced) all on one CD. 

This programme helps users writing letters, faxes and emails. It requires a good command of the English language, and can thus only be recommended to users of an advanced or at least intermediate level of English.

The programme does not have exercises of any kind, but instead gives advice on how to write a letter, dealing with grammar as well as style or layout questions. Grammar is presented as a brief revision of relevant topics (i.e. using the present perfect in a letter).

Common errors are pointed out, so that they can be avoided.

A handy schedule can be used to arrange the stages of letter writing from plan to revision by allocating time to them.

As with all Clarity products, the price is kept a closely guarded secret.

 

 
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Programme

 

 

Author Plus  
Target language  English  
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity Language Consultants Ltd

PO Box 163

Sai Kung,

Hong Kong

Tel.: +85227911787

Fax: +85227916484

andrew@clarity.com.hk

http://www.clarity.com.hk

 
Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

# of CDs: 1

Manual

Price: ?

 
System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 3.1., 95/98, NT

386

?

?

required

required

2x

not required

none

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

English

N/A

Teachers

no 

yes 

 

 

 

 

 

yes no 

yes no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

yes 

N/A

N/A 

N/A

Build your own, choose from:

Fill in the gaps

Allocate words

Spot mistakes

 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no partly

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

no 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

no 

no 

no 

no 

 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

yes no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

This is a tool to create exercises for use in schools or universities. That makes it interesting only to teachers who may find this product to be quite handy.

The exercise creation is difficult at first, but should be easier after a thorough study of the manual.

There are no sample exercises to change or rearrange, which would make it easier to create your own ones (e.g. by copying an existing exercise and just change the words).

Price is again not discernable.

 
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Programme

 

 

The Multimedia English Course

4: upper intermediate

(1998)

Tell me more

(1998)

Target language  English (BE) English (BE)
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max Hueber Verlag

Max-Hueber-Str. 4

D-85737 Ismaning

Tel.: (089)9602-353

Fax: (089)9602-271

E-mail: support@hueber.de

home: www.hueber-vfd.de

Cornelsen Software GmbH&Co

Mecklenburgische Str. 53

14197 Berlin

www.cornelsen.de

Tel.: 030/897 85-522

Fax: 030/897 85-589

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 installation CD

2 content CDs

teacher

handbook

price: 98,-DM (50,11 Euro)

1 installation CD

1 content CD

microphone and headphones

handbook

price: 

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 95 /98

100 MHz

32 MB

160 MB

yes

yes

8x

yes

 

Windows 95

Pentium 486 / 100 MHz

8 MB

30 MB

yes

yes

2x

yes

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

German

upper intermediate

for everyone

yes 

yes 

 

German, English, French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese

beginner

for everyone

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

20

yes 

yes

fill-in-tasks, writing texts, matching of words/sentences, find right word order,

online (chatrooms and games)

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

6

yes 

yes

listening comprehension, multiple choice, dictation, matching, crossword, hangman, fill-in-tasks, word-order

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organized
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colors)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

no 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes 

yes 

no 

yes 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

The Multimedia English Course is ideal to learn and improve the English language and is absolutely worth its price. The number and variety of the exercises is enormous and very motivating - even online-learning is possible. Using the internet you can contact a personal teacher and send him mails or play games with other students.

The videos on the CD-ROM are interesting and if you do not understand what is said they can be subtitled. 

The speech modulation and recognition is very good.

It might take some time but if you read the very useful handbook you will soon be familiar with the control of the programme. 

A great disadvantage of the product is the choice of the colours. Green letters on a blue background are not very relaxing for your eyes.

Another minus is the fact that letters to teachers can only be written online which will cause high phonebills. Further there is no wordlist and in the exercises the spelling of words is only learned passively by drag and drop tasks.

Using this product could be much more fun if there weren't so many breakdowns of the system when choosing a unit.

The layout of Tell Me More is very creative and motivating. The screen is made up interestingly and working with the product is a lot of fun and will remain interesting for a long time. The good videos on British culture and listening exercises make this product interesting, especially for those who already speak the language and want to improve their pronunciation and their listening comprehension. The programme is not for absolute beginners, only to refresh and improve your skills.

Tell Me More does not have a word list.

 
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Programme

 

 

The Multimedia English Course

4: upper intermediate

(1998)

Tell me more

(1998)

Target language  English (BE) English (BE)
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max Hueber Verlag

Max-Hueber-Str. 4

D-85737 Ismaning

Tel.: (089)9602-353

Fax: (089)9602-271

E-mail: support@hueber.de

home: www.hueber-vfd.de

Cornelsen Software GmbH&Co

Mecklenburgische Str. 53

14197 Berlin

www.cornelsen.de

Tel.: 030/897 85-522

Fax: 030/897 85-589

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 installation CD

2 content CDs

teacher

handbook

price: 98,-DM (50,11 Euro)

1 installation CD

1 content CD

microphone and headphones

handbook

price: 

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 95 /98

100 MHz

32 MB

160 MB

yes

yes

8x

yes

 

Windows 95

Pentium 486 / 100 MHz

8 MB

30 MB

yes

yes

2x

yes

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

German

upper intermediate

for everyone

yes 

yes 

 

German, English, French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese

beginner

for everyone

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

20

yes 

yes

fill-in-tasks, writing texts, matching of words/sentences, find right word order,

online (chatrooms and games)

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

6

yes 

yes

listening comprehension, multiple choice, dictation, matching, crossword, hangman, fill-in-tasks, word-order

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organized
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colors)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

no 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes 

yes 

no 

yes 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

The Multimedia English Course is ideal to learn and improve the English language and is absolutely worth its price. The number and variety of the exercises is enormous and very motivating - even online-learning is possible. Using the internet you can contact a personal teacher and send him mails or play games with other students.

The videos on the CD-ROM are interesting and if you do not understand what is said they can be subtitled. 

The speech modulation and recognition is very good.

It might take some time but if you read the very useful handbook you will soon be familiar with the control of the programme. 

A great disadvantage of the product is the choice of the colours. Green letters on a blue background are not very relaxing for your eyes.

Another minus is the fact that letters to teachers can only be written online which will cause high phonebills. Further there is no wordlist and in the exercises the spelling of words is only learned passively by drag and drop tasks.

Using this product could be much more fun if there weren't so many breakdowns of the system when choosing a unit.

The layout of Tell Me More is very creative and motivating. The screen is made up interestingly and working with the product is a lot of fun and will remain interesting for a long time. The good videos on British culture and listening exercises make this product interesting, especially for those who already speak the language and want to improve their pronunciation and their listening comprehension. The programme is not for absolute beginners, only to refresh and improve your skills.

Tell Me More does not have a word list.

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Programme

 

Langenscheidts Vokabeltrainer

(1999)

Target language  English BE English (BE) [French, Spanish, Italian]
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Language Technologies (USA)

165 South Main Str.

Harrisonburg, VA 22801 USA

Tel.: 001(540) 432-6166

E-mail: info@trstone.com

home: www.trstone.com

Langenscheidt KG

Berlin + München

www.langenscheidt.de

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 installation CD

1 content CD

manual

price: 69,-DM / 35,28 Euro

(22 units out of 92 in "Professional Stufe 1")

1 CD

manual

price: 29,80 DM / 14,83 Euro

è 1362 English words

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 3.1/95/NT

486 DX

8 MB/16 MB/32 MB

4 MB

yes

yes

2x

yes

 

Windows 3.1/3.11/95/98/NT

486 (75 MHz)

6 MB

10 MB

yes

yes

2x

yes

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

German

beginner

for everyone

no 

no 

 

German

beginner

for everyone

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

no 

yes 

yes 

22 (out of 92 in Professional Stufe 1)

yes 

no

matching of text tone and pictures

 

 

 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

1362 words and phrases

yes 

appropriate for vocabulary training

listening, reading, writing, translating

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes (1 breakdown of the system) 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes 

yes (except for the options-menu) 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes 

yes 

no 

no 

 

yes 

yes 

no 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

The manual of this programme is very good.

The programme itself is boring and not worth its price. It does not have a wordlist.

The number of the hotline is in the United States of America è expensive

This programme is very useful to learn vocabulary. You can learn directly with the programme but also print vocabulary lists or cards and learn words the way you're used to. If you wish to get some information about the use of a word the computer will put it into a sentence for you.

Although we considered this product to be useful it has got some weaknesses. The speech recognition is very bad and the way in which certain words are translated is strange (ride - fahren).

The programme is boring and the organisation could be a bit better.

 
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Programme

 

 

Langenscheidt Expresskurs

Business English

Englisch Sprachkurs 2
Target language  English (BE) English (AE)
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Langenscheidt KG

Berlin + München

www.langenscheidt.de

Tel. (technical help):

0190-874424 (3,60 DM per minute (1,84 Euro))

Tel. (general questions):

0180-5232357

Digital Publishing

Tumblinger Str. 32

80337 München

Tel.: 0049(0)89747482-33

Fax: 0049(0)89747923-08

www.digitalpublishing.de

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 CD

manual

price:

1 CD

manual

price: 98,- DM (50,11 Euro)

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 3.1/ 3.11/ 95

486 (66MHz)

8 MB

12 MB

yes

yes

2x

yes

Windows 95/98 oder NT 4.0

Pentium

32 MB

?

yes

yes

?

yes

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

German

not for beginners

business

no 

no 

 

German

intermediate

for everyone

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

20 units and 4 videos

yes 

yes 

multiple choice, fill-in-tasks, dictation, cross-words, listening comprehension

 

 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

10

yes 

partly

fill-in-tasks, word order, listening comprehension

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes 

partly 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

Langenscheidt's express course in business English is a great programme.

It offers a fantastic variety of exercises for vocabulary, grammar and also culture.

The presentation of this software is also superb (colours, pictures, number of buttons).

The videos can be watched with subtitles.

This programme is very good to improve and refresh your English especially for business people but does not make sense for absolute beginners.

There is no wordlist.

 

The Englisch Sprachkurs 2 shows you the explanation of a grammar directly under the exercises which can be a good help.

The programme supports the user with a lot of information about the American culture and way of life.

The voice pilot is not very good because in many cases it does not understand the orders given by the learner and so it is easier to use the mouse.

The variety of exercises is limited and there is no wordlist.

 
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Programme

 

 

Spanisch ohne Mühe heute

(1984)

Langenscheidt Ė Sagís auf Türkisch

Sofware für zu Hause, Sprachführer für unterwegs

Target language  Spanish Turkish
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assimil

B.P. 25

F-94431 Chennevieres-sur-Marne Cedex

France

Langenscheidt KG

Berlin + München

Tel.: (technical help) 0150 / 874424 (3,60 DM per minute)

Tel.: 0180/5232357

www.langenscheidt.de

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 CD

1 Workbook (450 pages)

price: 198,- DM (101,24 Euro)

1 CD

manual

1 language guide

price: 59,- DM (30,17 Euro)

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 95/98/NT

486/66 MHz

8 MB

10 MB

yes

yes

?

yes

not for Windows 3.1 or Apple Computer

Windows 3.x , Windows 95

486

8 MB

no installation necessary

yes

yes

2x

yes

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

German

beginner

for everyone

no 

no 

 

40 Languages (also Romanian)

beginner

tourists

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

109

yes 

yes

fill-in-tasks and translations

 

 

 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

9

yes 

yes 

word training, multiple choice

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

no 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes 

yes 

no 

no 

 

yes 

yes 

no 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

The first thing you should do when the programme is successfully installed, is to start the fantastic written and oral introduction which will help you a lot when you are learning. Spanisch ohne Mühe heute is not only interesting for absolute beginners but also for those who want to refresh and improve their Spanish.

The product is interesting and motivating although the variety of the exercises is only limited to fill-in-tasks and translations.

The whole product is based on an included workbook which contains the same exercises as the CD-ROM. Additional audio CDs and cassettes are also available.

Neither can the programme evaluate your pronunciation nor does it offer a wordlist.

This product is especially made for tourists.

A book with useful words and phrases is included and does for example show what to say when you go shopping. 

The exercises are funny. Multiple choice tasks are presented by a gambler.

The programme does only teach the pronunciation but there are no writing exercises.

 

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Programme

 

 

Langenscheidt Wörterbücher für Profis

test version for 30 days

Heimtrainer Wirtschaftsenglisch
Target language  English è German English (BE / AE)
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Langenscheidt KG

Berlin + München

Tel.: (technical help) 0150 / 87 4424 (3,60 DM per minute)

Tel.: 0180/ 52323 57

www.langenscheidt.de 

Assimil

Tel.: (49)(0)2426 94 0022

E-mail: kontakt@asimil.com

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 CD

5,- DM ( 2,56 Euro)

1 CD
System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 95 / 97 / 98 / NT(ab 4.0)

?

8 MB

20 MB

yes 

no

2x

no

Windows 95 / 98 (not for Windows 3.1 / NT or Apple Computer)

486

8 MB

8 MB

yes

yes

2x

yes

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

German

-

for everyone

-

 

German

intermediate

business

yes 

yes 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

It's only a programme for direct translation from English to German. There are no exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

yes 

yes but only for business 

yes 

yes no 

4

yes 

partly

fill-in-tasks, dictation, translation

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes

yes 

yes (Colours can be chosen) 

yes

 

 

yes 

no 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes but the places for the buttons are variable (not good) 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

-

-

-

-

 

yes 

yes 

no 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

Good product for translating single words within a few seconds without having to search in a classic dictionary. You cannot learn the English language with it. This badly organised product is not very challenging. It is pure learning by heart.

Selecting a unit is difficult.

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Programme

 

 

The Rosetta Stone Latin Explorer
Target language  Latin
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairfield Language Technologies, 1993.

Technical support: Tel.: 001 540 432 6166, Fax: 001 540 432 0953, e-mail: help@trstone.com.

Information: info@trstone.com

http://www.trstone.com

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Exercise CD-ROM

1 Aplication CD-ROM

1 Handbook.

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
mouse, microphone, double speed CD-ROM drive

Mac: Mac 0S 7.0, 68040 CPU, 8 MB RAM 256 colors.

Win: 486 DX CPU, 8 MB RAM, 256 color CD-ROM

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

English.

Beginner.

No.

No.

No.

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

Yes. 

Yes.

Yse. 

No.

2

Yes.

No. 

Pair matching taks and voice recording.

 

 

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colors)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

Yes.

Yes.

No.

Yes.

No.

Yes.

 

 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • oral exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

No.

No.

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strenghts/ ...)

The Rosetta Stone Language Library Latin Explorer contains the first twenty two subunits of an overall amount of ninety two units, which form the so called "Professional 1" programme. 

The programme, implemented in 1993, is one of the oldest among those tested and its design is rather oldfashoned and surely not as noisy and colourful. But this is not necessaryly disadvantageous. For Windows useres it may be hard to get used to the lerning software`s ergnomic indiviualism: Buttons are located at uncommon places, icons and menu naviagation varies from nowadays standard software. But once having accustomed to these specific variations the programme becomes very handy.

In the first eleven units the pupil is introduced to simple vocabulary, later on larger phrases and whole sentences are formed. The spectrum of exercises is regrettably narrow: In most exercise the student has to select one out of four cards displayed on the screen which matches to a shown text, a read out word or a photograph. Additionaly there are spelling tests. Wrong matching causes later repetitions of the questinon answered wrongly and minus points in the rating system. A single subunit contains about 40 questin-answer pairs which form the basis of the different types of exercises amnongst the student may chosse his favorite exercise style. Older matching pairs reoccure in later subunits.

Vocabulary is not introduced on a seperate vocabulary list, but only by means of the matching tasks. The only language used is the target language. Besides matching and spelling exercise there is an optional voice recording facility the student may use to listen to his own voice in order to compare it to the pronounciation on the CD-ROM.

Constant repetition exercises make the Latin Explorer a useful tool for vacabulary training. But since no grammar rules are explained the student has to figure out the language`s regularities by learning a couple of senteces by hart. To learn the grammar he or she has to recognise the difficult declension rules by him or her self. The Latin Exploerer is probably best used in addtion to a text book, though no such advice is made explicit by the publisher. Buying the complete Latin software might turn out very expensive.

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Programme

 

 

Tense Buster

(1997) Demo CD

 
Target language  English  
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity Language Consultants Ltd

PO Box 163

Sai Kung

Hong Kong

Tel.: 00852 2791 1787

Fax: 00852 2791 6484

E-mail: andrew@clarity.com.hk

www.clarity.com.hk

 
Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 CD  
System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
 

Windows 3.1/95

?

?

?

yes

yes

?

no

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

English/Danish/French/Swedish

beginner

no

no 

no 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

only 1 on the demo

yes 

yes 

fill-in-tasks, multiple choice, correcting mistakes in texts

 

 

 

 

 

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

 

 

 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes (only vocabulary) 

yes 

no 

no 

 
Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

The demoversion of the Tense Buster looks very good.

The good feedback and explanation of mistakes makes the programme very interesting and useful for improving oneís knowledge of the English tenses.

An additional programme can be used by teachers to create new exercises.

The hotline is in Hong Kong which makes a call very expensive.

The demo only shows a few exercises.

 
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Programme

 

 

Sag`s auf Japanisch Sag`s auf Arabisch

(equivalent to Sag`s auf Japanisch)

Target language  Japanese Arabic
Publisher (address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Langenscheidt, 1998.

Hotline 0190 / 874424

Langenscheidt, 1998.

Hotline 0190 / 874424

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 CD-ROM, holiday vade-mecum for Japanese, 60 DM 1 CD-ROM, holiday vade-mecum for Arabic, 60 DM
System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

  • other
 
mouse, CD-ROM drive (double speed), microphone, printer.

Mac: MacOS 7.0, 68030 Processor, 8 MB RAM.

Win 3.x, Win95, Win98, i 486er processor, 8 MB RAM, VGA: 256 colours, SoundBlaster compatible sound card.

mouse, CD-ROM drive (double speed), microphone, printer.

Mac: MacOS 7.0, 68030 Processor, 8 MB RAM.

Win 3.x, Win95, Win98, i 486er processor, 8 MB RAM, VGA: 256 colours, SoundBlaster compatible sound card.

The programme
  • prerequired language[s]
  • levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • special target group (e.g. business)
  • team or pair learning possible
  • teacher advised learning possible
 
 

French, German, Spanish or English.

Beginner.

For Holiday purposes

no 

no 

 

French, German, Spanish or English.

Beginner.

For Holiday purposes

no 

no 

Content
  • exercises are easy to understand
  • exercises are useful
  • exercises are well structured
  • contents are up-to-date
  • number of units
  • selftests possible
  • exercises interesting
  • what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)
 
 

yes 

yes

yes 

yes 

8

yes

partly

naming tasks, games, voice recording 

 

yes 

yes

yes 

yes 

8

yes

partly

naming tasks, games, voice recording 

Functional ergonomics
  • easy and fast installation
  • is the product well organised
  • good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)
  • good font, typeface, line spacing, ...
  • important information permanently shown
  • important buttons permanently shown
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

 

Multimedial scope
  • listening exercises
  • voice recording
  • video clips
  • online learning possible
 
 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

 

yes 

yes 

yes 

no 

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products/ weaknesses/ strengths/ ...)

Sag`s auf Japanisch (respectively Sag`s auf Arabisch) is part of Langenscheidt`s series of language software for beginners. It aims at teaching a very limited amount of basic vocabulary and phrases omitting grammar exercises completely. In each of nine small units vocabulary of a special domain is introduced by combined depiction and reading-out. Printing out a vocabulary list may be very helpful. The units` topics are: First Words, Phrases, Colours, Countries, Shopping, Food, Body, Numbers and Time. The pupil's progress is tested in vocabulary games. The learner's objective is to acquire a certain overall total of points for all exercises, where the number of points achieved corresponds to the amount of vocabulary learned. He or she may choose the units` order freely. The programme is very simple and therefore intuitively controllable. 

Langenscheidt`s Sag`s auf Japanisch is easy to use software and an adequate vocabulary and phrase trainer for preparing a short holiday trip to Japan. Since the programme is designed for this purpose we regret the lack of any cultural information about Japan. It is easier to learn vocabulary and pronunciation with this programme than by using a text book only. 

 
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Programme

 

Langenscheidt-Fit in Englisch

Text-Training für perfektes Englisch

Libra - Multimedia 

Demo Disc

Target language English German Spanish, French, English (Travel talk: Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish)
Publisher 

(address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

-Langenscheidt

- Hotline: 0190\874424 (3,60 DM per min., only within Germany)

- Email: http://www.langenscheidt.de

Libra Sales and Marketing:

5 Riverway, Barry Avenue,

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5JA

UK

Tel/Fax: 44 1753864547

libra@online.rednet.co.uk

http://www.libra.co.uk

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

- One CD

- brief manual

- 69,00 DM

- 2000 vocabs

- One CD
System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

- other

 

- Microsoft

- Pentium

- 16 MB RAM

- 12 MB free disk space

- required

- required 

- 2X

- not required

- Headphones/Speakers

-Microsoft

-Windows(TM) 3+ / 95

  • 4Mb of RAM
  • --------
  • required
  • required
  • 2X
  • required
(from the Internet)
The programme

-prerequired language

-levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

-special target group (e.g. business)

-team or pair learning possible

-teacher advised learning possible

- English

- Intermediate

- pupils

yes

no

 

- German, Spanish, French, English

- beginner, intermediate and advanced level

- Business, travel, small talk

no

no

Content

-exercises are easy to understand

-exercises are useful

-exercises are well structured

-contents are up-to-date

-number of units

-selftests possible

-what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)

exercises are interesting

yes

yes

no

no

-----

yes

text-related

yes 

yes

yes

yes

yes

-------

no

fill-in tasks, listening exercises, speaking practice

yes 

 
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Functional ergonomics

-easy and fast installation

-is the product well organised

-good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)

-good font, typeface, line spacing, ...

-important information permanently shown

-important buttons permanently shown

yes

yes

yes

yes 

yes

yes

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Multimedial scope

- listening exercises

- voice recording

- video clips

- online learning possible

no

no

no

no

yes

yes

no

no

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The programme is definitely not meant for people who have no previous skills and want to acquire the English language. Intermediate English skills are required if you want to work with "Langenscheidtís Fit in English - Textraining". As the title states, the programme focuses on the work with texts, that is on different types of texts like stories, letters, articles and others. The advantage is that it does that fairly well. Every single story is taped so you can play it and listen to a native speaker. The disadvantage, however, is that working with this programme becomes boring after a short while. The texts are not up-to-date. And the exercises consist basically of questions referring to the previous text which is quite monotonous. This "Libra - Multimedia programme" is designed as a demonstration CD. It gives a very good introduction and overview on the following topics: telephone talk, small talk, travel talk, and business talk. Each section contains interesting and varied exercises.

I would not recommend this particular CD if one wants to acquire English. The programmes that are introduced on this CD, however, are probably highly recommendable. 

 
 
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Programme English for Business-

Demonstration CD

Focus on Grammar-

DEMO

Target language English English
Publisher 

(address, mail, home, tel., date of publication, etc)

 

 

 

University of Wolverhampton

school of languages and European Studies

Exceller Software Corporation

2 Graham Road West

Ithaca, NY 14850

phone: (607) 257-5634

fax: (607) 257-1665

exceller@lightlink.com

http://www.exceller.com

Package

(number of CDs, manual, microphone, price, amount of vocabs, ...)

 

- One CD

- One CD

- manual on the disc

System requirements

- platform

- processor

- RAM

- free disk space

- video card

- sound card

- CD-ROM speed

- microphone

- other

- Windows 3.1 or higher

- 486DX/66 MHz or higher

- 8 MB RAM

- 5 MB free disk space

- required

- required

- double-speed CD-ROM drive

- speakers

- Windows 3.1 or later

- 386SX/25MHz or better

- 8 MB RAM

- -------------

- required

- required

- MPC-compatible CD-ROM drive

- speakers/headphones

The programme

-prerequired language

-levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

-special target group (e.g. business)

-team or pair learning possible

-teacher advised learning possible

- English

- Intermediate to advanced

- business 

- no

- no

- English

- Intermediate to advanced

- students

- no

- no

Content

-exercises are easy to understand

-exercises are useful

-exercises are well structured

-contents are up-to-date

-number of units

-selftests possible

-what kind of exercises (fill-in tasks)

exercises are interesting

- yes

- yes

- no

- yes

- ----------

- no

- fill-in tasks, listening exercises

- yes

- yes

- yes

- yes

- yes

- ----------

- yes

Fill-in tasks, unscramble, multiple choice, edit the sentence, edit the paragraph

- yes

 
 
Functional ergonomics

-easy and fast installation

-is the product well organised

-good presentation of programme (e.g. colours)

-good font, typeface, line spacing, ...

-important information permanently shown

-important buttons permanently shown

- no

- no

- yes

- yes

- no

- yes

 

- yes

- yes

- yes

- yes

- yes

- yes

Multimedial scope

- listening exercises

- voice recording

- video clips

- online learning possible

- yes

- no

- yes

- no

- yes

- no

- no

- no

Comment 

(can someone learn a language with this programme/ is the manual useful/ is the product worth its price/ are the exercises interesting/ problems with installation/ comparison with other products ...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This programme was designed as a demonstration CD.

It contains a brief summary of the real programme. Six short video clips show different situations that could occur in the business world.

I believe if one wants to improve his or her business English skills or learn business English as a beginner this programme would be advisable.

I did have some problems installing the CD though. My system crashed at first but I could easily restart it. 

This programme is also designed as a demonstration CD.

It offers rather brief insights into the intermediate programme and the advanced one. Each section contains only two accessible units out of 59! It would have been helpful to see a bit more of the programme for the evaluation.

The units themselves are very specified and detailed though. Thereís a great variety of different exercises. And at any given time one can retrieve equivalent grammar notes. The grammar explanations in this programme are very impressive. They are easy to understand yet nicely detailed.

This demonstration CD focuses very much on the topic - in this case grammar. I donít think that one could acquire the English language from the start with a programme like this.

 


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