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Spanish CD-ROM Programs

language laboratory catalog

 

51 Languages of the World
Dual-platform CD-ROM featuring 51 languages from all over the world; allows the user to speak with native speakers; interactive dialogues and conversation practice aid the user in learning and understanding more advanced speech, while games and quizzes make learning the language fun and interactive.

ABC Cultural 1991-1995: Un lustro de la cultura española en CD-ROM
Compatibility: Windows 3.1 | Mac System 7
Dual-platform (Mac/Windows) CD-ROM documenting cultural events in Spain from 1991 to 1995 via articles, critiques, commentaries and illustrations previously printed in the periodical ABC Cultural; includes more than 10,000 articles written by critics and specialists in the fields of literature, the arts, music, and science; 15,000 color and black/white illustrations; articles and illustrations may be searched by authors, titles, dates, themes, key words; 2 copies available.

All-in-One Language Fun
Compatibility: Windows 3.1/95 | Mac 7.0 or newer
Introductory language program using games as a way to teach. Enjoy yourself as you listen to native speakers as you play. This multimedia CD-ROM includes 27 games such as matching, puzzles, “Simon Says” and “Bingo”. Each game has 1–5 different difficulty levels. 2 copies available.

Así es, 4th edition Student CD-ROM
Dual-platform, introductory Spanish CD-ROM program based on the © 2004 Thomson-Heinle text Así es, 4th edition by Levy-Konesky and Daggett.

¡Claro que sí! Now!
Compatibility: Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 | Mac System 7.1 or higher
Interactive, introductory Spanish CD-ROM program based on the Houghton Mifflin Co. text, ¡Claro que sí!, 3rd edition and Transparent Language, Inc.’s Language Now! software; designed to assist beginning language students in acquiring knowledge of the sound system, vocabulary, grammar and syntax of Spanish, as well as of Spanish culture; uses Content Files featuring dialogues, poems, and other readings drawn from each of the chapters of the ¡Claro que sí!, 3rd edition textbook; the “transparent language” version of a file’s text provides hideable Help windows that supply text-related information when the user highlights a segment of text; windows available: (1) Word Meaning provides the literal meaning of every word in the Content File; (2) Phrase Meaning gives the meaning of a phrase as a whole (i.e. idiomatic sense); (3) Segment Meaning offers an interpretive translation of the highlighted text; (4) Root Word and Grammar windows provide verb and other grammatical information; (5) Notes features learning tips dealing with grammar, vocabulary, cultural information, and pronunciation; Listen and Speak, Sound Palette, and Word Dictation activities allow the user to practice listening and pronunciation skills; includes four games: Vocabulous!, Unscramble, Plug-n-Play, crosswords each designed to help the user test vocabulary, spelling, syntax and/or comprehension skills.

En este pueblo no hay ladrones
One CD-ROM of a story from Gabriel García Márquez’s collection Big Mama’s Funerals; story of Damaso, a thief who steals billiard balls from a local tavern, thereby depriving himself and the townspeople of their only source of entertainment; disc to be used with the Macintosh Spanish Now! series (produced by Transparent Language), a software program designed to help students read and understand foreign language stories; the “transparent language” version of the original text features hideable Help windows that provide text-related information when the user highlights a segment of text; windows available: (1) Word Meaning provides literal meaning of each word of original text; (2) Phrase Meaning gives the meaning of a phrase as a whole (i.e. idiomatic sense); (3) Sentence Meaning offers the meaning of a highlighted segment of the original text; (4) Notes allows the user to add personal reminders, questions, comments; (5) Comments provides important grammar information and is linked to a Grammar Basics pop-up help file that includes explanations on “everything from tense, conjugation, alphabet and pronunciation to verbs, nouns, adjectives and tips on intonation”; allows access to pronunciation (by native speaker) of every word and sentence of original text and includes record and playback feature to promote development of student’s pronunciation and listening comprehension skills; interactive learning games also included: Plug-n-Play tests comprehension; Unscramble focuses on correct sentence order; Vocabulous! requires the solving of crossword puzzles or another missing word activity; includes 25 pages of text with 61 minutes of audio.

Hugo en el pueblo
This dual-platform, interactice CD-ROM program creates a virtual reality in which cartoon characters, with the help of the user, make their way through a Spanish village to a concert, a soccer game or the marketplace; designed for young learners; language focus: everyday vocabulary, selected grammatical issues, promotion of cultural awareness; includes sound and graphics.

Imágenes Interactive CD-ROM 1.0
Dual-platform, introductory Spanish CD-ROM program based on the © 2003 Houghton Mifflin text Imágenes by Rusch, Domínguez, and Caycedo Garner; 7 copies.

Introduction to Spanish Language
One CD-ROM that provides a comprehensive introduction to and overview of the Spanish language; disc to be used with the Macintosh Spanish Now! series (produced by Transparent Language), a software program designed to help students read and understand foreign language stories; the “transparent language” version of the original text features hideable Help windows that provide text-related information when the user highlights a segment of text; windows available: (1) Word Meaning provides literal meaning of each word of original text; (2) Phrase Meaning gives the meaning of a phrase as a whole (i.e. idiomatic sense); (3) Sentence Meaning offers the meaning of a highlighted segment of the original text; (4) Notes allows the user to add personal reminders, questions, comments; (5) Comments provides important grammar information and is linked to a Grammar Basics pop-up help file that includes explanations on “everything from tense, conjugation, alphabet and pronunciation to verbs, nouns, adjectives and tips on intonation;” allows access to pronunciation (by native speaker) of every word and sentence of original text and includes record and playback feature to promote development of student’s pronunciation and listening comprehension skills; interactive learning games also included: Plug-n-Play tests comprehension; Unscramble focuses on correct sentence order; Vocabulous! requires the solving of crossword puzzles or another missing word activity; suitable for language learning or reference purposes; includes 39 pages of text with 122 minutes of audio.

Museo del Prado
Compatibility: Windows 95
This “virtual museum tour” CD-ROM for Windows program allows the user to view over 150 paintings in the Prado Museum’s collection; for several paintings the following study options are available: introduction to the painting, detailed view via zoom function, animated sequences that explain the technical aspects of the work, discussion of the subject matter of the painting, biography of the artist, discussion of related works, time line illustrating historical events and personalitites; also included: four guided tours, indexes of artists, works, and schools; 5 hours of audio; access through virtual PC environment at Mac workstations.

Paradoja
Compatibility: Mac System 7.5 or later
This CD-ROM (Mac) program designed for intermediate-advanced level language learners uses the documentary Miss Universo en el Perú (based on the 1982 Miss Universe beauty pageant) to examine both sex role stereotypes in the media and the socio-economic division between the elite and the urban and rural poor in Peru; video materials (televised reports and interviews) serve as catalysts for the exploration of six themes; Official View of the Contest, Commercial Aspects, The Contest and Real Life, Feminism and Popular Protest, Portrayal of Indigenous Culture, Perspectives; features fully annotated transcripts, bilingual dictionary, graphics and texts containing historical, social and cultural information; also includes comprehension and interpretative activities as well as links to WWW resources on Peru.

photo-op!: Images of World Culture
Compatibility: Windows 95/98 | Mac System 7 – OS 8.5
Dual-platform CD-ROM of printable images from Heinle & Heinle’s Image Resource Bank; includes images of daily life in Spanish-speaking countries as well as cultural landmarks found in these countries.

Punto y Aparte 3rd Edition
Compatibility: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/NT 4.0 | Mac OS X or higher
Interactive dual platform Spanish CD-ROM program based on the © 2007 McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. accompanying text (SP 1.079) by Foerster, Lambright, and Marcano-Ogando. Designed to help practice Spanish in an engaging multimedia format.

Spanish Now!
CD-ROM master program in the Language Now! series (produced by Transparent Language), a software program designed to help students read and understand foreign language stories; Spanish Now! includes three stories appropriate for beginners; the “transparent language” version of each original text features hideable Help windows that provide text-related information when the user highlights a segment of text; windows available: (1) Word Meaning provides literal meaning of each word of original text; (2) Phrase Meaning gives the meaning of a phrase as a whole (i.e. idiomatic sense); (3) Sentence Meaning offers the meaning of a highlighted segment of the original text; (4) Notes allows the user to add personal reminders, questions, comments; (5) Comments provides important grammar information and is linked to a Grammar Basics pop-up help file that includes explanations on “everything from tense, conjugation, alphabet and pronunciation to verbs, nouns, adjectives and tips on intonation;” allows access to pronunciation (by native speaker) of every word and sentence of original text and includes record and playback feature to promote development of student’s pronunciation and listening comprehension skills; interactive learning games also included: Plug-n-Play tests comprehension; Unscramble focuses on correct sentence order; Vocabulous! requires the solving of crossword puzzles or another missing word activity.

Titles:

  A Trip to Madrid
  — focuses on everyday language of travel, currency, food, personal introductions via the story of the character Jim who travels to Madrid to photograph a friend’s wedding (17 pages of text, 54 minutes of audio)
  La sombra de un fotógrafo
  — story of Guillermo, a photographer in Madrid, who, upon witnessing something strange in his neighborhood, becomes afraid of his camera; uses basic vocabulary repeatedly in different situations (13 pages of text, 35 minutes of audio)
  La dinámica de una ciudad modelo
  — article about Curitiba, an ecology-sensitive city in Brazil, that makes creative use of gardens and parklands, while providing comprehensive mass transit and recycling programs to its 1.5 million inhabitants (8 pages of text, 20 minutes of audio)

 

Teaching Medieval Lyric With Modern Technology: New Windows on the Medieval World
CD-ROM application © 2001 Mount Holyoke College designed for the teaching and study of 3 medieval repertories: Troubadours and Trouvères, the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X, El Sabio, and Guillaume Machaut’s Remède de fortune; incorporates audio and text material from the 1987 audiocassette program The Medieval Lyric; series of 9 dual-platform CD-ROMs featuring a collection of images, original sources with transcriptions and text translations, digital recordings, commentary essays and explanatory material, and glossary of special terms; on-screen Help and User Guide available; hard copy of accompanying Instructor’s Manual provides an introduction to the CD-ROM program, the User Guide, tips for teachers, and a sample unit on the Cantigas designed for use at the high school level.

TravelTur
One introductory Spanish CD-ROM interactive multimedia program (2 copies) based on the video TravelTur produced by Houghton Mifflin Company; includes activities designed to test basic comprehension and interpretation of 10 video clips taken from the original video episodes; each clip’s concluding free form activity introduces a new video clip and combines comprehension and interpretation activities; cultural notes within each module provide information about the culture, history and art of Spanish-speaking countries; includes dictionary containing English translations and definitions of words in the program.

TravelTur 2nd Edition
Compatibility: Windows 95/98/NT4 | Mac OS 7.6.1 – 9.0
Dual-platform, interactive multimedia program based on the video TravelTur, 2nd Edition; includes activities designed to test basic comprehension and interpretation of 10 video clips taken from the original video episodes; each clip’s concluding free form activity introduces a new video clip and combines comprehension and interpretation activities; cultural notes within each module provide information about the culture, history and art of Spanish-speaking countries; includes dictionary containing English translations and definitions of words in the program and a direct link to the ¡Claro que sí! website where additional video clips, self-test exercises and web search activities may be accessed.

¡Tú dirás! 2nd Edition
2 dual-platform CD-ROM discs to supplement the 14 chapters of the introductory-level text ¡Tú dirás!, 2nd Edition by John R. Gutiérrez, Harry L. Rosser, and Ana Martínez-Lage (© 1999 Heinle & Heinle); includes video clips, conversations, scripted dialogues, interviews, pronunciation practice, vocabulary building, reading and writing activities; also includes an email- and website-based murder mystery game(Misterio en Toluca); 2 copies of each CD-ROM disc (disc 1: units 1–6, disc 2: units 7–14) available; ¡Tú dirás!, 2nd Edition Computerized Test Bank CD (2 copies) also available (for faculty use only).

¡Tú dirás! 3rd Edition
Dual-platform, interactive CD-ROM program to accompany the © 2003 Thomson-Heinle text ¡Tú dirás!, 3rd Edition by Martínez-Lage, Gutiérrez, and Rosser.

Who is Oscar Lake?
CD-ROM language learning adventure game in Spanish; intended for use by beginning-level students; object of the game: to help solve the mystery of a crime committed shortly after you, a diamond dealer, arrive in a large city where an old friend owns a hotel and gallery – on display in the gallery, a world-famous blue diamond; user must explore and “talk” in Spanish to live-action characters in the story; language skills addressed: vocabulary building, multiple ways of expressing an idea, reading (via dialog transcriptions), listening comprehension, pronunciation; game also includes multilingual glossary for translation into English, French, German, or Italian of words that appear in the program, as well as language-learning activities of a “listen and choose,” “listen and speak” or “listen and do” nature.