July 23, 2009 in Educational (E)
[prMac.com] Columbia, South Carolina - Sona Software LLC today announced the release of Sona Vocabulary Assistant, a full-featured, internet-aware application for language learners, for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista.
Sona Vocabulary Assistant provides nine different activities to help students expand their vocabularies:
* Multiple choice
* Matching tiles
* Recording studio
* Scrambled words
* List review
* Printable quizzes
"Language learning shouldn't happen in a vacuum, and competence doesn't develop in the silence of dry vocabulary lists," says Dr. Curtis Ford, Jr., Founder and Creative Director of Sona Software LLC. "Students need to see and hear new words in context to learn to communicate effectively in a new language and to appreciate how language expresses a culture."
With a Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics and over ten years of experience teaching Russian, Dr. Ford created Sona Vocabulary Assistant to give students the tools they need to master the vocabulary of a new language. Each word in a list can include
* Multiple examples in context
* Notes on usage and grammar
* Audio (up to four clips per item)
* Web links
* Integrated internet search for thousands or millions more examples
Students and teachers can quickly create their own lists and edit existing lists, with no programming. Drag-and-drop simplicity makes it easy to add images, sounds, and video; for even more flexibility, words can be linked to specific segments of longer audio or video files. Lists can be keyed to existing textbooks or tailored to students' specific goals.
System Requirements (Mac):
* Mac OS X Version 10.2.7 or higher
* Universal Binary for PowerPC and Intel
System Requirements (Windows):
* Windows XP/Vista
* QuickTime for Windows required for some audio/video functionality
Pricing and availability:
Sona Vocabulary Assistant is priced at $30 (USD). An academic price of $25 (USD) is available to teachers and full-time students. A full-featured 15-day trial version is available. Please contact Sona Software LLC for information on enterprise and academic site licenses.
Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Sona Software LCC was founded by Dr. Curtis Ford, Jr. in 2008 to create high-quality tools for language learners. Dr. Ford uses Sona Vocabulary Assistant in his teaching and in his own study of Irish Gaelic. All Material and Software (C) 2007-2009 Sona Software LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, QuickTime, and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.