Review by: Lynne West, Bellarmine Preparatory School - September 1, 2014
I really like eyeVocab for 2 reasons. First, the pictures really are the key to students remembering what the Latin word means. Students have to do the cognitive work to create the connection between the image and the Latin word and that makes it stick. Second, the program requires active participation from the students. They don't simply look at the word but they have to also listen and type. For my students who have struggled to master the spelling of Latin words, the typing is really beneficial.
Bellarmine Preparatory School
San Jose, CA
Review by: Robert Blake, University of California - September 1, 2014
The UC Language Consortium, which I direct, helped to support Mr. Becker's efforts to produce a flexible Mac/PC application that leverages sound, text, images, and explanations in service of second-language vocabulary acquisition. Researchers have proven the effectiveness of using multimodal stimuli-i.e. the pairing of sound, text, and images-to teach vocabulary in a second language and to help students retain what they have studied. Vocabulary learning (approximately 2,000 words) is crucial to allowing students to read independently in a foreign language. For this reason, a program such as eyeVocab should be part of any language-learning curriculum.
The eyeVocab interface is particularly good at combining multimodal stimuli and allowing teachers or students to customize the vocabulary words being studied. The choice of illustrations/photos/images has been especially felicitous. My Consortium has used the Arabic desktop version at UC Davis with great success.
Professor of Spanish
University of California
Director of the UC Consortium for Language Learning & Teaching
President of CALICO, 2014-2015
Review by: Nora Dempsey, US State Department's Foreign Service Institute - September 1, 2014
We were delighted, as an institute, to be among the first to use eyeVocab . . . the selection of [images] is interesting enough and clever enough to hold the interest of every student and inspire them to review the list time and time again.
eyeVocab is a beautiful, culturally sophisticated tool designed to encourage language students to persist in their pursuit of vocabulary acquisition. It is visually satisfying and intellectually stimulating. The US State Department's Foreign Service Institute class of 2010 was pleased to be among the first to experience this engaging new software.
Director of Arabic Field Institute
US State Department's Foreign Service Institute
Review by: Kerry Adams, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona - September 1, 2014
The American Institute for Maghrib Studies runs intensive summer Arabic programs in North Africa. It has been a great service to us to use the vocabulary software system that Miles Becker created called eyeVocab. One of the greatest challenges that students face in intensive programs is the ability to retain vast amounts of vocabulary in order to grasp the other nuances of language acquisition. Mr. Becker has created an innovative system that provides an easy-to-use and effective way for students to learn vocabulary quickly. The system is also entertaining. Our programs were able to test the beta-versions of the software for the past two years, and both years students were eager for the next installment.
Our intensive summer Arabic programs, which are funded by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a Critical Language Scholarship Fund have garnered national attention due to the incredible success of our students. eyeVocab Arabic has been an important part of the success of our program.
The American Institute for Maghrib Studies
The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona