Arthur's Teacher Trouble
Playing Time: 15 minutes ( if you want
the story read to you)
Number of Players: n/a
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: computer
with CD Rom
Subject Area: S
Objectives: 1. Students will
get familiar with the Spanish accent by listening to the narrator read
2. Students will be able to recognize certain words in English,
as well as Spanish.
3. Students will be able to translate at least on page from English
to Spanish and vice versa.
Brief Description: The story is about
a young man who doesn't have very much confidence in himself. He
later takes a spelling test and qualifies for the school spelling
bee, with the help of his teacher. His teacher shows them that hard
work pays off in the end. While the other classes were on field trips,
they were studying. In the end, their class ended up winning and
Arthur gained the confidence he needed, along with respect for his teacher.
Entry Capabilities Required: 1.
Must have a basic knowledge of Spanish.
2. Must be able to read on a second or third grade reading level.
3. Must be able to hear well.
Relevance to objectives: 4 (helps to achieve
all stated objectives)
The strong points were that the CD allows on to hear what they are reading.
This is very important when learning a second language. It allow
one to view the words while the book is being read to you- they are highlighted.
The program allow you to switch between languages, if needed. The
graphics are wonderful, one would want to use the program just to look
at the wonderful pictures and animation of the characters. The Play
With Me aspect of the CD allows one to have the story read to them
at their own pace. You decide when the next page is going to be read.
This story would give me the liberty to come up with my own lessons.
It was easy to access and it came along with a workbook ,in English, which
one could transcribe into Spanish and have the students learn in lower
level Spanish classes.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4 (will allow for recognition and listening skills)
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 5
(graphics and music are great)
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 4
(words are highlighted as they are being read)
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
4 (CD rom can be scratched but as far as the program is involved,
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): n/a
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): n/a
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
not really sure because this book wasn't made for Secondary Spanish.
Clear directions for play: 4
Effectiveness of debriefing:
I really didn't find any weak points because this was a book that I would
incorporate into my lesson plan. This book, as stated previously,
wasn't made for a Spanish class but would be a very good supplementary
Reviewer: Sonja A. Williams
Position: Undergraduate student
Date: 21 September 1998
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.