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4.3 Glossary of Terms and
Screen: The screen that appears after you select a Lesson. It
allows you to select the Language Skill, Exercise, and Mode.
The program that actually runs the Rosetta Stone. The application needs
to be installed before the language data disc can be used.
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.
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
questions: Questions about the video or narrative text that
test understanding of concepts, vocabulary, and grammar.
The block of information and buttons in the upper right corner of every
One of the four scripts for the Video Lessons in Level 3. The Dialogue
script gives the conversation of the characters involved.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
Scores: This button allows you to save and view your Test
Scores outside the program, as either a text file or an HTML file.
Pictures that indicate whether your response is correct or incorrect.
You can change the Feedback Icons in the Settings Panel.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
The space in the User Options tab that indicates if anyone is logged in
and, if so, which user.
language being taught with the Rosetta Stone program. Indicated in the
top line of the Control Panel.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Unit made of Narrative Lessons. These include Units 3, 6, 9, and 12
of Level 3 only.
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.
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.
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.
Click on this button, located in the Activities screen, to select the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See Macromedia Shockwave Player.
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.
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
One of three buttons located on the Control Panel directly above the
exercise/preview toggle. Click this button to activate the Timer.
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
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.
The words that label the different screens (Menu, Activities) and
features (Exercise, Preview, Guided Exercise) in the program.
Interface Language: The language in which the User Interface is
written. You can change this in the User Options tab of the Settings
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.
The space where you type your name when logging in.
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
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.
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.