Author: Miles Becker
Product Code: eyeVB
Publisher: eyeVocab
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Boyd's Vergil Vocabulary Program for MAC/PC
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This video demonstrates how eyeVocab functions.
Recording of the eyeVocab webinar

This implementation of eyeVocab Latin covers those 162 vocabulary words that occur eight times or more in Barbara Weiden Boyd's Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6.

Far more than a set of electronic flashcards, the multimodal vocabulary program facilitates a significantly deeper learning and retention. Students will readily master the frequent Vergil vocabulary for the AP® Latin Exam and thereby devote far more of their study time and energy to reading and discussing the Aeneid.

eyeVocab leverages memory for graphically distinctive and emotionally affective images with narrative implications, presented in isolation and combined with phonologically emphasized sound, to establish long-term declarative knowledge of the vocabulary presented.

eyeVocab has provided impressive results in Latin, Arabic, Spanish, and Mandarin at the middle school, high school, and university levels, including university intensive courses in Latin and Arabic as well as Arabic intensive courses funded by the US State Department. These results far exceed those attained employing all other methods of vocabulary learning.

The basis of the power of this method: eyeVocab Essential Principles.

For more information see: eyeVocab and Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition

Note: This download will provide links to both Windows and Mac versions of the software, documentation, and a license. Linux is not yet supported. The program runs on laptops and desktops, but not on handheld devices or netbooks.

Site licenses for school classrooms and language labs are also available.

Special Features

  • powerful images drawn from art, both western and eastern, through the ages, from photojournalism and historical photography, from great book illustrations, and from other sources
  • each vocabulary word is carefully articulated with macrons in the classical pronunciation
  • multisensory program draws on visual, auditory, and tactile learning as well as subvocalizing that collectively hardwire the new vocabulary in student's long-term memory
  • for use in the classroom, language lab, or at home

NB: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to help distribute this remarkable program. All technical questions and concerns, however, should be directed to eyeVocab's Miles Becker at


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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.

—Lynne West
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.

—Robert Blake
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.

—Nora Dempsey
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.

—Kerry Adams
Executive Director
The American Institute for Maghrib Studies
The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

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