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Syracuse Language Systems / Kidsoft Select
Ages: 4 and up
Invision MM Award Winner, 1993
The Introductory Games discs teach hundreds of words and expressions using dozens of familiar games designed to be enjoyed by children as young as four years of age. First developed by researchers at Syracuse University, this approach to language instruction starts with a simple premise - learning a language shoud be fun.
Each game is designed to teach second language skills as well as exercise reasoning and perception abilities. So whether a child is using these discs to learn a second language or simply to strengthen skills in a native language, he or she is always learning and having fun.
There is no use of a keyboard to discourage younger language learners. A mouse is used to choose a game from a picture menu and to play the game. There is also no reading or writing. Instead, you learn from the digitally recorded voices of native speakers giving lots of examples, instructions and corrections entirely in the new language - just as you learned your first language. And since there are no translations, the disc can be used by learners from any language background.
Best of all, there are no lessons! Simply select a game from the menu, use the practice screen if you wish, and play. You are always in complete control; a game can be stopped, resumed or repeated at any time.
Most menu selections allow the player to choose among a number of levels of difficulty. In addition, many selections allow the player to choose between variations with different sets of vocabulary words. The result is a wide range of options that can also challenge a mature learner.
Requirements: Windows 95/98 Only - 386sx or higher microprocessor, 2MB of memory, 30MB hard disk, CD-ROM drive, VGA display, audio board, and mouse.
PC Games, December 1992
"My 6-year-old found the Introductory Games easy to use. She frequently spends half an hour, or more, totally taken with the games. Adults are no different. They can't keep their hands off the mouse. I've yet to find anyone unimpressed."
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