Key Features

Language Adventure supports any number of students wishing to learn any of its six languages.

Any of the six languages can be set as the native language, and any one as the new one.

Changeable level setting
The program comes with 3 level setting (Pre-reader, Beginner or Advanced) but can also be fully customized to suit a particular learning need. There is also an Observer mode where the lessons can be enjoyed passively with no requirement to do the exercises. Observer mode makes it suitable for children as young as two.

Student reports
The program generates detailed reports on the student’s progress, effort and study time. These reports are updated automatically and can be printed.

Other applications
It can be used for ESL by setting English as the foreign language. Can also be used for speech development by setting both the foreign and native languages to the student's native language.

The theory behind Language Adventure

Traditionally foreign languages have been taught through rote learning of grammar and vocabulary, stemming from the view that if you can master the rules to which a language conforms and build a sufficient vocabulary, you will be able to speak that language.

Unfortunately, as any tongue tied student will agree, this is often not an effective way of achieving conversational competency. As languages have many rules (and many exceptions), this can make learning them tedious, and the leap from theoretical to practical knowledge in speech is often difficult to overcome. On the other hand, while foreign language immersion maximizes exposure in a more natural way, it ignores the fact that the student already speaks a language and so has a linguistic reference point. Though we are born with capability to acquire any natural language, as soon as a child begins to acquire their native language, its rules become engrained and the brain is no longer a blank slate. Thus, second language acquisition is fundamentally different, and this must be considered in order for it to be successful.

As a response to this, a movement in foreign language education has developed that tries to replicate how children acquire native language, in the learning of a second one. Language Adventure harnesses the power of the mimicking process in natural language learning and avoids the tedium of memorizing grammar rules. It provides repetition and correction in a structured and organized way, thereby avoiding the confusion often associated by pure immersion. The lesson designs ensure that the sequence of learning is optimal, always building on previous lessons and providing the most useful words and phrases as rapidly as possible.

The curriculum is based on the work of Stanford University professor, Amado Padilla, in foreign language learning in children. It introduces the most commonly used vocabulary and constructions from all the different language groups. All language content has been developed and recorded by qualified native speakers.

Related links: I Stanford Research I Reviews I Language Adventure demo I Quiz I

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