Between the Lines Levels 1 and 2: Patti Hamaguchi has succeeded again in raising the bar for excellence in apps. These apps give us a good reason to swap our paper materials for the latest in technology.
Each Between the Lines app targets listening skills, language comprehension and reasoning skills (inferences, the understanding of idioms and common expressions and the reading of facial expressions and body language). Ms. Hamaguchi has done an outstanding job of laying out these skills in an appealing format. The focus of the tasks fall into three general categories: Body Language and Perspective Taking, Listening and Facial Expressions, and Expressions, Idioms and Slang. What makes the presentation of the tasks interesting are the video clips and the clear portrayals of emotions done by the actors. The video clips run for Body Language and Perspective Taking and Expressions, Idioms and Slang. The actors perform in a short clip after which possible answers in "thinking bubbles" appear below. The user checks the answer h/s feels is best demonstrated in the clip. For Listening and Facial Expressions the user, rather than viewing a video clip, hears a statement after which "thinking bubbles" appear for answer selection.
The positives of these apps far outweigh their drawbacks. There is no doubt that Ms. Hamaguchi has developed two excellent apps well worth their reasonable cost.
Developer website: www.hamaguchiapps.com
Costs: $15.99 each. According to the information provided, there are a total of 204 tasks in Between the Lines Level 1 and 199 tasks in Level 2. The lite version of each app can be used with one student, has a total of 36 tasks and one reward game. The lite versions cost $.99 each.