|★ LITTÉRATURE ★ ENGLISH ★ Reel time audio Tutor for Locoscript : Tutor with flair ★|
|Locoscript - Premiers pas ...||Reeltime Audio Tutor For Locoscript (Computing With the Amstrad)|
It may at first seem rather a strange idea to use an audio tape for teaching what is normally an entirely visual activity like word processing, out in fact a talking book car offer considerable advantages over printed material.
True, a cassette tape cannot replace a reference manual, but it is the ideal medium for step-by-step tutorial sessions, mostly because you nan keep your eyes on the screen or the keyboard while listening to instructions and taking appropriate action.
Of course much depends on the quality of the tuition, so let me say right away that this is one of the best audio computer courses I nave come across both in presentation and in the selection and organisation of material.
The course is aimed at the novice, and Therefore assumes absolutely no knowledge of either the PCW or LocoScript.
You are taken from loading paper into the printer, and using Trie Direct Printing mode - certainly the best way of introducing both hardware and software via Cut and Paste, Find ana Exchange, Set and Clear, block operations, copying files and so forth. to an overview of templates and layouts
Obviously the full details of LocoScript's many features cannot be covered in just two hours of spoker tutorial. However all the basics are there.
At the end of the course a beginner should be able to generate professional-looking hard copy, and be fairly competent in disc and file management, none of which can he guarantees after a new user has ploughed for the first time through the official LocoScript documentation.
The tutor has neither the pompous seriousness of Radio 3 English nor a childish. falsely chummy humour which in th« end only insults the intelligence of the learner.
In the Reel Time course everything is explained with admirable clarity, and the material has been carefully paced to maintain interest without the risk of saturation.
There is neither too much recapping, nor too much emphasis on introducing new concepts as quickly as possible. The course comes on two tapes, with full instructions and a LocoScript command reference card.
The price is far from exorbit ant for such a polished and effective product. and indeed a bargain if you consider the work that has clearly gone into it.
Gabriel Jacobs, CWTA