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This list last updated June 20, 2011


CALICO Journal Software Reviews (www.calico.org)
Editor: Dr. Jack Burston

Title

Date review published

Reviewer

Reviewer Institution

Ratings

Beginning CHINESE CD-ROM

2001
V18
number 3
p.629

Tongtao Zheng

University of Tasmania, Australia

Scaled rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 5
Pedagogical features: 4.5
Socio-linguistic accuracy: 4
Use of computer capabilities: 5
Ease of use: 4
Overall: 4.5
Value for money: 5

Beginning CANTONESE CD-ROM

2001
V18
number 3
p.618

Peter Yang

Case Western Reserve University

Scaled rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 5
Pedagogical features: 4
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 5
Use of computer capabilities: 4
Ease of use: 5
Over-all evaluation: 4
Value for money: 4

Beginning and Continuing KOREAN CD-ROM

2001
V19
number 1
p.126

Jeong-Bae Son

The University of Southern Queensland

Scaled Rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 3.5
Pedagogical features: 3
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 3
Use of computer capabilities: 3.5
Ease of use: 3.5
Over-all evaluation: 3.5
Value for money: 3.5

Beginning TURKISH CD-ROM

 

 

2003
V20 number 3
p.592

Vehbi Türel

The University of Manchester

Scaled Rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 4
Pedagogical features: 3.5
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 4
Use of computer capabilities: 4
Ease of use: 4
Over-all evaluation: 4
Value for money: 4

Beginning KAZAKH CD-ROM

 

 

2003
V20 number 2
p.362

Ken Petersen

American Councils for International Education

Scaled Rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 4
Pedagogical features: 3
Socio-linguistic accuracy: 4
Use of computer capabilities: 3
Ease of use: 3
Over-all evaluation: 3
Value for money: 4

Beginning BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE CD-ROM

 

 

2003
V20 number 2
p.371

Valeriane Camey - and
Niedja Fedrigo

University of Detroit Mercy,
University of Michigan

Scaled Rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation Possibilities: 3
Pedagogical features: 3
Socio-Linguistic Accuracy: 3
Use of Computer Capabilities: 2
Ease of Use: 4
Overall Evaluation: 3
Value for money: 3.5

Intermediate CANTONESE DVD-ROM

2007
V24 number 2 p.421

Peter Yang

Case Western Reserve University

Scaled rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 5
Pedagogical features: 4
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 5
Use of computer capabilities: 4
Ease of use: 5
Over-all evaluation: 4
Value for money: 4

Intermediate TURKISH DVD-ROM

2007
V24
number 3
p.729

Yesim Kesli

Texas Tech University

Scaled rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 3
Pedagogical features: 5
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 5
Use of computer capabilities: 3.5
Ease of use: 5
Over-all evaluation: 4
Value for money: 4.5

Intermediate Ukrainian DVD-ROM

2011
V28
Number 2
p. 546

Luba Iskold

Muhlenberg College

Scaled rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 5
Pedagogical features: 4.5
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 4.5
Use of computer capabilities: 4.5
Ease of use: 5
Over-all evaluation: 4.5
Value for money: 4.5

Advanced TURKISH DVD-ROM

2011
V28
Number 2
p.560

Mehmet Sahin

Izmir University of Economics

Scaled rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 4
Pedagogical features: 4
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 4.5
Use of computer capabilities: 4
Ease of use: 4
Over-all evaluation: 4
Value for money: 4.5

Beginning Kurmanji Kurdish DVD-ROM

2011
V28
Number 3
p. 766

Vehbi Turel

University of Bingol

Scaled rating (1 low - 5 high)
Implementation possibilities: 5
Pedagogical features: 4
Socio-Linguistic accuracy: 5
Use of computer capabilities: 4.5
Ease of use: 4
Over-all evaluation: 4.5
Value for money: 4.5

EUROCALL

Beginning TURKISH CD-ROM

9/28/00

Annalisa Sandrelli

University of Hull

…high degree of interactivity; package is a useful tool for self-study. 

Beginning BRAZILIAN-
PORTUGUESE CD-ROM

12/00

Clemence
Jouet-Pastre

Stanford University

…its content is rich, organized, and up-to-date.

Beginning CHINESE CD-ROM

10/00

Pru Wells

University of Hull

Authentic materials…good for sustainment.

Advanced TURKISH DVD-ROM

9/10

Vehbi Turel

University of Bingol

 

Modern Language Journal

Beginning BRAZILIAN-
PORTUGUESE CD-ROM

The Modern Language Journal, Vol. 85, No. 4. (Winter, 2001), pp. 635-636

Robert Krueger

University of Northern Iowa

 

Slavic and East European Journal


Beginning Ukrainian DVD-ROM

Slavic and East European Journal, Volume 51, Number 3, Fall 2007, pp. 655-656

Rachel Stauffer

University of Virginia

 

Canadian Slavonic Papers


Intermediate Ukrainian DVD-ROM

Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue candienne des slavistes, Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2011, pp. 120-121

Stefan M. Pugh

Wright State University

 

Journal of the Chinese Language Teacher's Association


Beginning Chinese CD-ROM

Critical Languages Series: Beginning Chinese, by Dana Bourgerie & Ronald R. Robel 2000 Volume: 35 No: 3 Pages: 121-126 (October)

Tianwei Xie

 

 

Amazon.com

Title

Number of reviews

Average number of stars per review out of 5

Quotes

Beginning Kazakh CD-ROM

5

4 stars

"A Quantum Leap Forward!"

Beginning Turkish CD-ROM

2

4 stars

"The Absolute BEST I've Found…"

Beginning Chinese CD-ROM

2

4 stars

"Excellent Multimedia resource…"

Beginning BRAZILIAN-
PORTUGUESE CD-ROM

1

5 stars

"I am always learning each time I repeat the course!"

Beginning Cantonese CD-ROM

3

3.5 stars

"I love it, love it, love it!!"
"Worth every cent for the video/audio alone."

 

MLA style references:

Dunkel, Brill, and Kohl, The Impact of Self-Instructional Technology on Language Learning: A View of NASILP. In New Technologies and Language Learning: Cases in the Less Commonly Taught Languages, ed. Carol Anne Spreen. 99. University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, 2002.

Vehbi Türel, “Critical Languages Series: Beginning Turkish,” CALICO Journal 20, no. 3 (2003): 592      

Clemence Jouet-Pastre, 2000, http://www.hull.ac.uk/cti/reviews/begbrazport.htm

Yesim Kesli, “Critical Languages Series: Intermediate Turkish,” CALICO Journal 24, no. 3 (2007): 729-736.

Ken Peterson, “Critical Languages Series: Beginning Kazakh,” CALICO Journal 20, no. 2 (2003): 362 

Annalisa Sandrelli, Review of Beginning Turkish, University of Hull, December 2000,
<http://www.hull.ac.uk/cti/reviews/begturk.htm> (5 September 2007)