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4.3 Glossary of Terms and Icons

Activities Screen: The screen that appears after you select a Lesson. It allows you to select the Language Skill, Exercise, and Mode.

application: The program that actually runs the Rosetta Stone. The application needs to be installed before the language data disc can be used.

application disc: The disc which contains the application program. Often this is separate from the language data disc, but in some cases (Traveler, PowerPac, and Explorer) the application and language data are on the same disc.

AutoScrolling: In this feature, the scripts or narrative text automatically advances to keep up with the accompanying voice.

Bail Out button: A button in lower right corner of every screen. Click on this to go back to the previous screen. If you are in an Exercise or Test, the Bail Out button will take you back to the Activities screen. If you are at the menu screen, the Bail Out button allows you to exit the Rosetta Stone program.

comprehension questions: Questions about the video or narrative text that test understanding of concepts, vocabulary, and grammar.

Control Panel: The block of information and buttons in the upper right corner of every screen.

Dialogue script: One of the four scripts for the Video Lessons in Level 3. The Dialogue script gives the conversation of the characters involved.

difficulty levels: Settings for Exercises 1 and 2 of Language Skill E: Writing, located to the right of the text box. Easy (the default) does not require correct capitalization or punctuation. Strict requires correct capitalization and punctuation.

Delay Mode: A way to modify any Exercise for Language Skills A, B, and C. In Delay Mode, the response options are hidden while the prompt is given. After the prompt is given, it disappears and the response options appear.

Delay button: Located in the Control Panel of the Activities screen. Click on it to activate or deactivate Delay Mode.

End screen: The screen that appears when you have completed a Guided Exercise, Exercise, or Test. It allows you to repeat the exercise or Test you have just completed, or to move to other Lessons, Language Skills, or Exercises.

Exercise: Ways of working with the Lesson material within different Language Skills. The core Activities of the Rosetta Stone program, Exercises teach through combinations of visual, spoken, and written prompts and response options. Level 3 offers Picture, Video, and Narrative exercises; all other products use Picture Exercises only.

Exercise button: Click on this button, located in the Activities screen, to select the Exercise it represents. Each Exercise button indicates what combinations of picture, written text, and speech will be used in the prompts and response options for that particular Exercise.

Exercise/Preview toggle: A set of two side-by-side buttons in the Control Panel of the Preview and Exercises that allows you to move between the Preview (represented by a magnifying glass) and the Exercise (represented by the symbol for Language Skill A).

Export Test Scores: This button allows you to save and view your Test Scores outside the program, as either a text file or an HTML file.

Feedback Icons: Pictures that indicate whether your response is correct or incorrect. You can change the Feedback Icons in the Settings Panel.

Feedback Sounds: Sounds that indicate whether your response is correct or incorrect. You can change or turn off the Feedback Sounds in the Settings Panel.

Full Screen Mode: An option that allows you to run the Rosetta Stone over the entire screen or as a window. Located in the User Options tab of the Settings Panel.

give up button: The red X beside the text box in Picture Exercises 3 and 4 for Language Skill E: Writing. Click on this to advance to the next prompt without answering the question.

Guided Exercise: A way of working with the Lesson material within different Language Skills. The Guided Exercise allows you to work through the lesson material with a combination of all Exercises and Modes available in that Language Skill.

Glossary/Glosses: A feature that highlights certain words in the Video and Narrative Texts of Level 3, allowing you to obtain definitions for them. You can turn the glossary on or off in the Level 3 Options tab of the Settings Panel.

Guest: The default Username of the Rosetta Stone program. You can either log in as Guest or choose a different Username and create a user profile. The Guest log in allows you to change program settings, but Test results will not be saved.

Help button: The middle of three buttons in the lower right corner of every screen. Click on this to open a Web browser window with the On-Screen Help Text; you will be taken to the help section(s) concerning the screen with which you are working.

Identity field: The space in the User Options tab that indicates if anyone is logged in and, if so, which user.

Language: The language being taught with the Rosetta Stone program. Indicated in the top line of the Control Panel.

language data disc: The language information component of the Rosetta Stone program. Sometimes it is a disc separate from the application, while in other cases the application and language data are on the same CD-ROM. After you have installed the application, insert this disc to use the program.

Language Skill: Five approaches to the Lesson material. Each emphasizes different elements of communication. They are A: Listening and Reading, B: Listening, C: Reading, D: Speaking, E: Writing.

Language Skill tab: The tabs on the left of the Activities screen. Click on one to look at the Exercises taught in that Language Skill.

Lesson: A manageable, structured sequence of language material that acts as a building block within the Rosetta Stone. Lesson material is studied through the Language Skills, Preview, Guided Exercise, Exercises, Tests, and Modes.

Level 3 Options tab: The third tab on the left of the Settings Panel. Click on its icon to change program settings unique to Level 3: the Video's Background Music Volume, the Text Size, activate or deactivate the glossary, and activate or deactivate AutoScrolling.

License: The License allows online users to access Rosetta Stone. Each License differs, depending on the system, product purchased, and privileges.

License tab: The fourth tab on the left of the Settings Panel. This tab can only be accessed when you open the Settings Panel in the Menu Screen. The License Tab allows users to register for temporary or permanent access to Rosetta Stone Online.

Login screen: The screen, accessed through the User Options tab of the Settings Panel, which allows you to log in under a user profile or as a Guest, change to a different user profile, and create or delete a user profile.

Macromedia Shockwave Player: A web standard for delivery of multimedia content. It adds functionality to your web browser by allowing it to display rich interactive multimedia products.

The Shockwave player is free and easy to get. Get the latest version here.

Menu screen: The screen where you can choose the Language (in some cases), Product, Unit, and Lesson with which you would like to work. It appears after you log in.

Meter: The color-coded fan located directly below the exercise/preview toggle switch in Picture Exercises for Language Skill D: Speaking. The Meter indicates how closely your voice matches that of the native speaker.

microphone icon: Click this button to record your own voice. This feature is available in the Preview and in Language Skill D: Speaking.

Mode: Two ways-Delay and/or Timer-to modify the way you work with the Lesson material in an Exercise or Test.

Narrative Lesson: The material in this Lesson is based around a longer text that can be read, listened to, or both. Twenty comprehension questions reinforce ideas and vocabulary, and check understanding. This Lesson is offered in Level 3 only.

Narrative Unit: A Unit made of Narrative Lessons. These include Units 3, 6, 9, and 12 of Level 3 only.

narrative text: A passage averaging 10 paragraphs that forms the basis for a Narrative Lesson. You can read the text, listen to a native speaker read it, or both. Comprehension questions help evaluate understanding.

On-Screen Help Text: A virtual version of the User's Guide that is linked to the program. Access the On-Screen Help Text at any time by clicking on the help button, located in the bottom right corner of any screen. You will be taken directly to a relevant section in the On-Screen Help Text. You can also click on words within the On-Screen Help Text to move to a different topic in the document. on-screen keyboard: The keyboard layout appears in Exercises 1 and 2 of Language Skill E: Writing. The on-screen keyboard shows which keyboard buttons correspond with which characters in the target language.

picture button: One of three buttons available in the Preview, located directly below the preview/exercise toggle switch. Click on the picture button to hide or reveal the pictures.

Preview: A way of working with the Lesson material. The Preview allows you to study the answers: to see and hear the text matched with the correct picture. You can also practice reading and listening comprehension and pronunciation. Score is not kept in the Preview.

Preview button: Click on this button, located in the Activities screen, to select the Preview.

Product: A collection of units which make up a version of the Rosetta Stone program. Current products are Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Traveler, Explorer, and the PowerPac. Not all Products are available in each Language. Level 3 offers Picture, Video, and Narrative Units; all other Products use Picture Units only.

Program Settings: Changes you can make to the environment of the Rosetta Stone. The program settings include Volume, Feedback Sounds and Icons, and the User Interface Language. All program settings can be changed in the Settings Panel.

prompt: A picture, speech, written text, or any combination of the three. When a prompt appears in an exercise, select the appropriate response.

record button: One of three buttons available in the Preview, located directly under the exercise/ preview toggle. Click on this to open the microphone so that you can record your own pronunciation and compare it to that of the native speaker.

response option: Four pictures, text, speech, or combinations of the three that appear below the prompt (in Picture Lessons) or the question (in Video and Narrative Lessons). One of these response options matches the prompt. Click on it to get the answer correct and move to the next prompt.

scene: A small section of the video that is studied as a single lesson.

scene selection bar: A row of numbered buttons directly below the video screen in a Video Lesson. Each button corresponds to a scene in the video. Click on a number to move to the corresponding scene.

Score: The correct and incorrect answers you have given in an Exercise. A perfect score is 100. In a quad, the first correct answer is worth four points, the second worth three, the third worth two, and the fourth worth one. However, the first incorrect answer costs four points, and so on. In Video Lessons, each answer is worth 5 points. In Narrative Lessons, each answer is worth 10 points.

scripts: Four texts that accompany the video. Each script presents a different perspective of the same events. The scripts are Woman (first person), Man (first person), Dialogue, and Narrator (third person). They can be read, listened to, or both.

script selection bar: A row of four buttons directly below each of the two visible scripts in a Video Lesson. Each button corresponds with one of the scripts (Woman, Man, Dialogue, and Narrator). Click on the buttons in the script selection bar on the left to both read and hear the script. Click on the buttons in the script selection bar on the right to read the text.

settings button: The leftmost of three buttons at the lower right corner of every screen, showing a check mark, an "X" and a slide bar, that takes you to the Settings Panel.

Settings Panel: A window that presents options for program settings. It is has three tabs: the User Options tab, the Sound Options tab, and the Level 3 Options tab. It is accessed by clicking on the settings button, located in the lower right corner of every screen.

Shockwave: See Macromedia Shockwave Player.

speaker button: Click on this to hear a speech again.

Test: A way of working with the Lesson material within different Language Skills. The Test function allows you to gauge your progress and check your knowledge of the Language within the various Exercises.

Test Scores: The percentage of correct answers you gave while taking a Test, and the elapsed time of the Test. These are saved only when you are logged in and have taken a Test. You can access Test Scores in the User Options tab of the Control Panel.

text button: One of three buttons available in the Preview, located directly below the preview/exercise toggle switch. Click on the text button to hide or reveal the text.

text controls: Buttons used to play, pause, rewind, or fast-foward the narrative text and speech in a narrative lesson.

Text Size: The text of the scripts (in the Video Lessons) and the questions for both units may be viewed in three sizes. Adjust the Text Size in the Level 3 Options tab of the Settings Panel.

tiles: Used in Exercises 1 and 2 of Language Skill E: Writing. These are blocks, each with a word or punctuation mark written on it. After hearing the prompt, you must choose and arrange the tiles to write what you have just heard.

time limit: In Timer Mode, the amount of time you have to answer a question before it is counted incorrect. You can turn the Timer on by clicking on the timer button located in the Control Panel of the Activities screen. You can set the time limit by clicking on the up or down arrows beside the timer button. The default time limit is 5 seconds.

Timer: A Mode in which you can run the Exercises or Test. The Timer will count an answer incorrect and move to the next prompt if you do not answer within the allotted time limit.

Timer button: One of three buttons located on the Control Panel directly above the exercise/preview toggle. Click this button to activate the Timer.

Tooltips: Small labels that appear when you rest the mouse cursor on a button or feature. You can turn these off or on in the User Options tab of the Settings Panel.

Unit: Collections of Lessons. A Product is divided into Units, which are divided into Lessons. In Level 3, there are three kinds of Units: Picture, Video, and Narrative. In all other Products, there are Picture Units only.

User Interface: The words that label the different screens (Menu, Activities) and features (Exercise, Preview, Guided Exercise) in the program.

User Interface Language: The language in which the User Interface is written. You can change this in the User Options tab of the Settings Panel.

User Options tab: The first tab in the Settings Panel. Use the User Options tab to log in and out, change the User Interface Language, activate or deactivate Tooltips, change the Feedback Icons, turn on or turn off Full Screen Mode, and access Test Scores if available.

Username field: The space where you type your name when logging in.

user profile: An account in the program. You can create one by logging in. The user profile will store any changes you have made to settings, any Test Scores, and will remember where you left off.

video: One of four short films about a married couple and their lives, available in Level 3 only.

Video Unit: A Unit that is structured around a video and comprehension questions.

Video Lesson: A Lesson that is structured around a scene of the video. Twenty comprehension questions check understanding, and reinforce grammar and vocabulary.

video controls: The buttons you use to play, pause, rewind, or fast-forward a video or one of its scenes.

video scroll bar: The bar below the scene selection bar in a Video Lesson. This shows where you are in the scene or video.

View Test Scores: This option allows you to view your Test Scores in a web browser. You can find it in the User Options tab of the Settings Panel. To view Test Scores, you must have taken a test while logged in and you must currently be logged in.

Voiceprint: The chart in the Exercise for Language Skill D: Speaking that shows pitch, form, and tone of speech. The top section displays the pitch, form, and tone of the native speaker. The bottom section displays those of the student's recorded speech.

Volume: How loud or quiet the speech and Feedback sounds are. You can adjust the Volume in the Sound Options tab of the Settings Panel.

volume bar: The bar, numbered from one to ten, that shows the Volume setting in the Sound Options tab of the Settings Panel.