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Word Adventure 2K1 is designed to strengthen vocabulary skills. Over 1600 words are defined per volume of this ten volume set, along with the pronunciation of 5,000 words, all presented within a space adventure style graphics theme. The program literature states that Volume A should be difficult for the average 4th grade pupil and easy for the 12th grader; so on up to Volume J which is aimed to challenge the 1st year college student and be easy for a Ph.D candidate.
The program begins by presenting a group of 20 vocabulary words. A series of five different exercises reinforce the meanings of each word. Flash Cards, matching, multiple choice, sentence completion, and laser review - AKA asteroid target practice, are the vehicles employed.
Detailed dictionary style definitions complete with derivations are included in the optional audio discussion. When a user successfully complete a level, which took our students 15-20 minutes, a new list of words with increasing difficulty is presented.
Options include a human voice reading the printed material so students hear the correct pronunciation. Background music may be switched from the space adventure sound effects to classical music, voices only, or off. The speed of the game can be increased, frozen, or decreased to allow individual students more time to respond and digest information. The Talking Word List allows users to alphabetically scroll through the entire list of words included on the CD and listen to any individual definition and to advance to higher levels with a click of the mouse.
Word Adventure breaks the word list into short clips and reviews the same material in various ways hoping to make it less tedious while reinforcing meanings over and over and over. Learning vocabulary is still a tad boring, but at least a little more palatable in this setting. One 11 year old tester said, I don't like it - it's an educational game. I hate educational games, and it is too long!" But when asked if he would prefer to learn his vocabulary spending a comparable amount of time playing Word Adventure or doing the usual vocabulary worksheets, he did not hesitate in choosing Word Adventure!
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