Preliminary Acknowledgements, Notes, and Keys:
- All of us would like to thank the National Council of Secondary Teachers
of Japanese for sponsoring this ACTFL session and the institutions where
we work for sponsoring our attendance. Our thanks go out to various software
developers and distributors who made copies available for review. I would
also add my thanks to the Center for Global Partnership/The Laurasian Institution/JALEX,
to Charles Reinecke, to Fred Lorish, and to my co-presenters at this conference,
as well as to Township Dist. 214 Elk Grove H.S. for the printing costs.
- We highly recommend Mangajin magazine as a source of information
on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)) for the Macintosh or the
IBM-compatibles. Issue #39 (October, 94) contained "A Comprehensive
Guide to Computer Assisted Language Learning." Most recent issues contain
at least one software review, and all contain advertisements of products
on the market.
- Persons with e-mail may wish to subscribe to the JTIT-L (Japanese Teachers
and Instructional Technology Listserve). To subscribe, send an e-mail with
the subject line blank to LISTSERV@psuvm.psu.edu. The contents of the message
should be merely SUBSCRIBE JTIT-L Your Name.
- Some of the following are not truly CALL programs but were included
because we thought they be of interest to at least some of those in the
audience. Some are reviews based on previous versions or IBM versions that
we know are being modified for the Macintosh System 7, while some are announcements
by their creators or contact persons. We make no claim that our list is
- Space limitations prevent inclusion of most of the software reviewed
in Fred Lorish and Cliff Darnall's '92 ACTFL review of Macintosh CALL software.
Some of the software is no longer available but much is.
- JLK refers to the Japanese Language Kit, a set of system extensions
that allows Macintosh computers running system 7.1 or better to display
and handle Japanese text. It is available directly from Apple to educational
and governmental institutions at $137. Alternatively, KanjiTalk 7, the Japanese-language
operating system for the Macintosh in Japan, can be used whenever JLK is
required. We have indicated whether or not the JLK is necessary. In some
cases it is not necessary but allows for greater options for use of the
- Some programs list color monitors as required but in fact will work
on a gray-scale screen. If you have a gray-scale powerbook, for example,
check with the developer to see if it will run.
- There are many possible venues for use of CALL materials. Some of the
reviews suggest what we feel were the most appropriate ones, using the following
- WhGrp Whole Group
- a single copy is used on a classroom computer with large monitor with
the whole class
- SmGrp Small Group
- a small group or individual uses it on the one classroom computer during
- CmpLb Computer lab
- the entire class goes there, where we assume that there are enough computers
and software copies to put only one or two students per computer
- RscRmResource Room
- Students go to use independently when they do not have class; purposes
include reference, remediation, additional practice, and enrichment.
- SlfSt Self Study
- independent of a class
- MatPr Materials Preparation
- Materials Preparation by Teacher