Humanities Computing Laboratory

Presents the
WinCALIS Language Learning and Authoring System
a product of the
DUCALL (Duke University Computer-Assisted Language Learning) Project

WinCALIS, the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction System for Windows, is an authoring system which allows instructors to create and present lessons for students in almost any language through an easy-to-use graphical interface. It is designed by foreign language teachers for foreign language teachers, combining the latest innovations in Computer-Assisted Language Learning and with the soundest pedagogical principles. WinCALIS employs full support for the Unicodetm character coding standard (ISO 10646), which allows representation of varying languages, whether modern or archaic, simultaneously in a lesson. The interface gives the author control over the language, material, question type, responses, and style of the lesson. The basic components of the WinCALIS system are the Student Delivery Station, WinCALIS Author (for creation of materials), the Multimedia Editor (for incorporating images, sound, and video clips in a lesson), UniEdit (a standalone Unicode text editor), and various other utilities.

Dear Educator, Language Enthusiast, Computer-User, Friend:

Greetings from The Humanities Computing Laboratory, and many thanks for your interest in WinCALIS, the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction System for Windows. Whether you heard of WinCALIS at a conference, in a publication, an electronic list, or from a friend, we are pleased to be able to tell you more about it.

Please take the time to download our demonstration. Notice that this demonstration shows completed WinCALIS exercises, but not the Author program with which they were created. From the newcomer to the advanced computer-user, this authoring system provides a basic format for multimedia, multilingual lessons, which can flex to your own pedagogical interests and available resources. Make sure to explore all the nooks and crannies of the offerings in the demonstration setup: look under all of the menu items, try varying your student answer input, look into all of the student answer exercises.

This demonstration disk, due to limitations of disk space, does not display all available fonts and multimedia features; please write, phone, or email us if you have questions about a specific language or feature. To see a sample of other available language sets and a listing of WinCALIS supported languages, please visit our language list page.

Enjoy the exercises, look over the surrounding information, and do not hesitate to contact us at the addresses and numbers below if you have any questions, ideas, or would like to order.

With appreciation, sincerely yours,
Richard Kunst
Director, Humanities Computing Laboratory

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    For information regarding the WinCALIS system and pricing, see:

    WinCALIS On-line Order Form

    or contact:

    In the U.S. and other non-Argentina:
    Humanities Computing Laboratory
    109 Lariat Ln. Suite B
    Chapel Hill, NC 27517 USA
    Tel: +1 (919) 656-5915
    In Argentina, contact:
    Centro Blas Pascal
    Investigación Y Desarrollo En Informática Educativa
    Bacacay 705 - piso 11 "B"
    Ciudad de Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Voice: +54 1 4432-8353 / 8358
    Fax: +54 1 4432-8353 / 8358 (15) 4181-9904

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