Language Learning That Takes You There: "Who Is Oscar Lake?" CD-ROM Immerses User in Language

By Rita, Michael Santa | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), August 16, 1996 | Go to article overview

Language Learning That Takes You There: "Who Is Oscar Lake?" CD-ROM Immerses User in Language


Rita, Michael Santa, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


OK, OK, so you hated learning a foreign language in high school, took a semester of Russian, Farsi, or Hindi in college, and then gave up. Almost didn't graduate because you didn't have the language requirement.

Then realized that you had taken French cooking classes and those could pass off as a "Culture Credit" which you substituted for a language class.

OK, so now you're a little maturer, smarter and want to balance out your karma - and actually want to learn a language.

Well, you decide, there's only one way to do it: Cheat. Let's face it, nobody likes memorizing vocabulary lists, verb conjugations and noun declensions - well, maybe some nerds do. But cheating would be wrong. So, the only alternative is to actually go to the country where the language of your choice is spoken.

After all, that's how your suave cosmopolitan friend who spent a year studying Renaissance Art in Florence learned Italian, right?

Right, but you've neither the time nor lira to hang in Florence, so what's the alternative?

It's "Who is Oscar Lake?" - the interactive CD ROM from Language Publications Interactive for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 - based on the theory of language immersion, which argues that a student learns the most by actually speaking in the language he or she wishes to learn.

" `Who Is Oscar Lake' transforms the language learning process into a completely interactive and participatory experience," says Robert L. Miller, LPI chairman and CEO. "After spending many years in the language instruction business, we became convinced that the best way to learn a new language is to be immersed in a native-speaking environment. We've now made it fun as well."

Designed for international business travelers, educators and students, "Who Is Oscar Lake?" takes the player through a complex interactive world where he or she is a diamond merchant sent to appraise a rare and valuable stone. …

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