LANGUAGE ADVENTURE Enhances Language Instruction
By Alicia K. Seebold, Ormondale School, Grade 1, Portola Valley, CA

"When will it be my turn to have a LANGUAGE ADVENTURE? I'm sure it's my turn next!"

My experience with LANGUAGE ADVENTURE has been awesome! Interactivity and an exciting story line have my students clamoring for their turn.

Students are captivated by the interactive language exercises supported by exciting animated graphics. They progress quickly because of the individualized "at my own speed" approach. Some students move along quickly reviewing already-known material, while others who need more repetition are not pressured, both moving at their own pace. Hearing their own voice engages them in their task, training the ear and providing the effectiveness of foreign language immersion teaching.

LANGUAGE ADVENTURE produces great language learning gains because it meets the needs of visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. The children repeat the material out loud, they read the text on screen and they interact with the animated graphics while they write a script and create their own movie with drop-in animated graphics.

Hide-and-seek with your very own puppy in Spanish -- what fun! In this way, children learn quickly to speak, read and write in the selected foreign language. The Teacher's Manual supports all phases of the program by providing clear instructions. It is well organized, easy to read and readily applied to actual classroom situations. The role of the teacher is merely to facilitate an easy transition to interactive learning whereupon students are empowered not only to act for themselves but to help one another. Students are self-motivated by learning success!

Maloney School takes foreign language teaching into the 21st Century

May 29, 1998 Fremont, California. While the politicians are bickering about the merits of bilingual education, the resourceful teachers at Maloney elementary school in Fremont California are doing something about it. Armed with remarkable software developed by Instinct Corporation® in conjunction with researchers at Stanford University called Language Adventure™ Teacher Edition, Maloney school is able to teach Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese without having a foreign language teacher on site.

The students learn in a state of the art computer lab which is supported by parents as well as teachers. This makes it possible for teachers to extend the number and type of educational experiences available to students. Language Adventure is the first foreign language learning software to be used by Maloney.

"I have watched and listened in amazement at the amount of vocabulary they have acquired in the short time we have had this program. For the motivated student, the recall is terrific!" says Pam Giffin-Brees, Grade 2 Teacher. "The students liked the graphics, the activities, and especially the microphone!" she continues, "Hearing their own voice repeating the words was a strong incentive for learning and improvement."

"Children learn to speak by receiving feedback on their effort in using a language." says Dr. Amado Padilla, Professor of Education at Stanford University "Language Adventure succeeds in activating this learning process in children at an age when they are most receptive.". "What makes it exceptional;" continues Dr. Padilla "is that the attention riveting drama of this CD ROM means children actually use it!"

Also in use is Language Adventure™ Teacher Edition which allows the teachers to comment and grade each student’s work. The most powerful aspect of Language Adventure Teacher Edition is that it enables a teacher to quickly review, grade and give oral feedback on all the exercises that a student has completed. The result is that students can iteratively improve their pronunciation of their new language due to the "virtual presence" of a teacher.

Instinct Corporation, based in Woodside, California, is the world’s foremost educational software company focusing exclusively on developing communication skills through story telling and movie making. Instinct products are sold world wide in 16 different languages and comprise of: Magic Theatre®, Magic Theatre Haunted House, Spider-man Cartoon Maker, X-MEN Cartoon Maker, the Adventures of Batman and Robin Cartoon Maker, Language Adventure 1 and many others. The company is presently working on Language Adventure 2.

Instinct Corporation and Magic Theatre are registered trademarks and Language Adventure a trademark of Instinct Corporation. All other product names referenced herein are trademarks of their respective companies.

What the experts say.

"My experience with LANGUAGE ADVENTURE has been awesome! Interactivity and an exciting story line have my students clamoring for their turn. "
Alicia K. Seebold
Ormondale School, Grade 1, Portola Valley, CA

"I recommend Language Adventure I by the Instinct Corp. for parents and teachers who want a good language-learning program for their children. The program's six languages, good graphics, and story-telling format make this CD-ROM a worthwhile purchase. "
Hyde Flippo
German Teacher and guide for the German Language site at The Mining Company

"I have watched and listened in amazement at the amount of vocabulary they have acquired in the short time we have had this program. For the motivated student, the recall is terrific!"
Pam Giffin-Brees

Maloney School, Grade 2, Fremont, California.

"Aprender un idioma cuesta dinero y mucho tiempo. Una buena manera de hacerlo es con un juego que nos a traído nuestro amigo Roberto - Language Adventure 1….Con este juego no hay obstáculo idioma. Cada uno puede aprender a su gusto."
Patrice Martial
TV Host, Casa Club Magazine, The Family Channel.

"Language Adventure has a solid basis in educational research from the brains of language teachers at Stanford University......I think this is a wonderful program just for what it does and how it is built. "
Robert X. Cringely
PBS Online.

"I have been teaching Spanish to children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and have researched language teaching software in great detail. No other product can compare with Language Adventure's approach. Its focus on speaking skills, its unique storyline, quality animation and music make it highly interactive. It is clearly the best product on the market today."
Liz Zaragoza
Spanish Teacher, California.

"Children learn to speak by receiving feedback on their effort in using a language. Language Adventure succeeds in activating this learning process in children at an age when they are most receptive. What makes it exceptional is that the attention riveting drama of this CD ROM means children actually use it!"
Dr. Amado Padilla

Professor of Education at Stanford University.

"This original and effective method will take the children to a wonderful universe where they will have fun learning a foreign language. Moreover, with this revolutionary tool the children are no longer passive. On the contrary, they interact with the whole adventure using their imagination and most important of all recording and checking their own words spoken in the foreign language."
Charlotte Hubert
French Teacher, California.

"I have been selling language learning software for about as long as it has existed. Language Adventure is the first children’s product that I can unequivocally recommend. Its ability to instantly provide comparison between the student’s pronunciation and the model language is very effective and presenting every phrase in a visual context within a story is just brilliant."
Dr. James Havlice

President, Language Quest Software, California.

1998 Language Adventure Product Launch

PRESS RELEASE:
Language Adventure(tm) from Instinct Corporation, has children speaking in a foreign language in minutes - yes minutes!

JANUARY, 1998 - INSTINCT CORPORATION® has started shipping its revolutionary language learning product-Language Adventure(tm) 1. This multimedia software employs a natural language learning process that gets children telling a story and answering questions in a foreign language within minutes. The product is designed for ages 6 to 12 and teaches English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish .

Language Adventure was developed by Instinct with Stanford University second language researchers, teachers and children. Its approach is in accordance with the communicative based teaching recommended by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Its goal is simple - to get a child to speak and understand a foreign language as quickly and enjoyably as possible. It does this by instantly capturing the attention and motivation of children as they get engrossed in a thrilling story. This adventure unfolds through a graduated series of animated lessons, each one unlocking once the previous one has been completed.

"Children learn to speak by receiving feedback on their effort in using a language." says Dr. Amado Padilla, Professor of Education at Stanford University "Language Adventure succeeds in activating this learning process in children at an age when they are most receptive.". What makes it exceptional;" continues Dr. Padilla "is that the attention riveting drama of this CD ROM means children actually use it!"

Product Overview
The program's animated lessons, are constructed from over a thousand interactive exercises teaching the most important words and phrases. These exercises fall into four basic categories: Narration, Quiz, Author and Discover exercises.

A narration exercise teaches pronunciation and vocabulary. When students reach a narration exercise, the animation will stop, requiring them to repeat and record what was just heard. After recording, students will immediately hear their own voice and the model narration thereby allowing instant comparison. The students can then re-record or if satisfied, go on to the next exercise which has now unlocked.

A quiz exercise teaches comprehension. Here, the student is asked by one of the characters to click on something. When the correct object is clicked the animation will continue. Quiz exercises are rich environments for learning and entertainment and consolidate learning by reinforcing what has just been taught.

An author exercise is where students can try out the new language for themselves. Here, students are asked to create an animated movie and add to it their own narration in the foreign language. This scene will then play as an integral part of the adventure. The author exercise is where students "put it all together" and enjoy the freedom of their own creative expression.

Discover exercises consist of hundreds of clickables interspersed throughout the lessons. Their purpose is to reinforce and expand the student's command of the foreign language. On clicking them, a relevant word or phrase will be introduced accompanied by a short animation which may take the movie into hilarious directions.

"I see Language Adventure as the tracing paper for speech." says Dr. Joseph Adler, CEO of Instinct Corporation. "In the same way as tracing pictures vastly accelerates a child's ability to draw, our software enables a child to accurately mimic a foreign tongue in a most delightful and rewarding way." "But the true high point of Language Adventure" Dr. Adler continues, "is when a lesson is completed and watched in its entirety with only the student's narration. The thrill is indescribable as children hear themselves speaking a foreign language in an action packed adventure of their own making."

Additional Key Features

Multi-student and omni directional
Language Adventure supports any number of students wishing to learn any of its six languages. Furthermore, any of the languages may be set as the student's native tongue and any other as the language to be learned.

Story based learning
These episodic animations chronicle the misadventures of Una and Om as they embark on an endless odyssey through time and space in pursuit of their dog Pico. The copious use of stunning graphics, animation, music and special effects draws children through the lessons as they step from one cliff hanger to the next. Students remain engaged and motivated with learning becoming almost incidental to the fun and excitement.

Graduated curriculum
Exercises and lessons build on each other and follow rules regarding length, complexity and content. In this way the curriculum adapts to the student's progress and the language learned becomes instantly useful.

The repetition-correction of natural learning
The immediate repetition of the student's narration instantly followed by the model language, attunes the student's ear and tongue to the foreign language by replicating the way we learn languages naturally.

Changeable level setting
The program comes with 3 level settings, 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 adventures can be enjoyed passively with no requirement to do the exercises. So while this product is designed for an age range of 6 to 12, Observer mode makes it suitable for children as young as 2.

Student reports
The program generates detailed reports regarding the student's progress, effort and study time. These reports continuously update and can be printed.

Language Adventure teacher's version
The teacher's version of Language Adventure is a separate product. Not only does it enable the teacher to quickly and easily review and grade the student's pronunciation but also, it lets them add corrective voice annotations which help to further improve the Student's language skills.

Lesson maps
Each lesson comes with it own map which provides a quick and easy way for a student to review their work and be presented with grades.

Language Adventure is priced at $49.95 and can be purchased directly from Instinct or from selected retailers.

Instinct Corporation, based in Woodside, California, is the world's foremost educational software company focusing exclusively on developing communication skills through story telling and movie making. Instinct products are sold world wide in 16 different languages and comprise of: Magic Theatre(r), Magic TheatreHaunted House, Spider-man Cartoon Maker, X-MEN Cartoon Maker, the Adventures of Batman and Robin Cartoon Maker and Language Adventure 1. The company is presently working on Language Adventure 2.

Instinct Corporation and Magic Theatre are registered trademarks and Language Adventure a trademark of Instinct Corporation. All other product names referenced herein are trademarks of their respective companies.

Instinct writer Ellen Brigham, has been named winner

September 14th Rochester, Minnesota. Aliens in Sunnyvale, a play by Instinct writer Ellen Brigham, has been named Winner in the play writing contest conducted by Midwest Theatre Network, Rochester, Minnesota, and will be presented in the 1998 Rochester Playwright Festival.

Aliens is a delightful comedy about two diminutive extra-terrestrials who crash land on earth during their honeymoon, but also a warm observance of how we multi-cultural earthlings make aliens of ourselves.

As a winner, Ms. Brigham will receive a full production of her play, expenses to attend the festival, a cash prize and exposure to theatre critics and producers attending the festival. Aliens was selected from a total field of 670 entries from all 50 states, Canada, Guam, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, France and the Virgin Islands.


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