Talk Now! (All)
Appropriate Level: Beginners
Skills: Vocabulary, some phrases
Positives: You can learn the vocabulary and practice speaking it before you play the game. You can work your way up to the hard games. If a game is too hard for you, you can leave the game and come back to it later.
Negatives: Some of the pictures used as examples are similar and can be interpreted in more than one way, so if you donít go over the vocabulary before you play, it can cause problems.
Tips and Tricks: Donít be afraid to leave a game and come back later. Go over the vocabulary before you play.
World Talk (All)
Appropriate Level: Beginners
Usefulness: Good for vocabulary and beginning skills such as counting and weather.
In most of the activities a sentence is spoken and he student must choose the picture that best represents what the speaker says. There is also a quiz section and a recording section.
There are so many activities in this program and each has a lot of questions so you will most likely be able to score a high number of points without getting bored. Another positive is that when a speaker says something in most of the activities the words are printed so that you can read along.
Negatives: In a few of the activities it is a little unclear as to what the pictures are supposed to be representing.
Try each of the sections because some have different point values. All are pretty useful so to get the most out of the program make sure you concentrate on more than one section.
Movie Talk (All)
Appropriate Level: Beginners and Intermediate
Usefulness: Good for listening comprehension and speaking.
Content: The student watches a short movie in the language that they are studying and then can do various activities related to the movie.
The activities are divided into 4 sections: vocabulary, fill in the missing word, choose the next line, and spelling. Each of these activities can be done as practice or as a test. In the practice section no points are awarded and the time is unlimited. In the test section points are awarded, but each question must be completed within a certain amount of time. This program also has a quiz (in the form of a game show) about the movie, a dictionary containing the words from the movie, and a section where the student can practice speaking by recording lines from the movie.
You can read along with the script as the movie plays which is helpful because sometimes the speaking is a bit fast. Also, the choice of doind the activities in the practice section or the test section is good because it gives you the chance to get warmed up before you try to score points.
Negatives: In the part where you can record your voice you are given a relatively short amount of time in which to record the line. All the activities and games are based around one movie so once you have tried them all you can't really get much more out of the program.
Do the activities in the practice section before you try them as a test. Also, don't get discouraged when trying to record your voice. It goes a little fast, but you can record as many times as you want.