MaxAuthor - a free multimedia authoring system for language instruction




MaxAuthor is no longer under development and is not available for download. The information on this and related pages will remain as an archive.

For inquiries, please email uacriticallanguages@gmail.com.




The University of Arizona Computer Aided Language Instruction Group (UACALI) has made freely available for non-commercial use its MS-Windows and Internet based multimedia CALL authoring system.  MaxAuthor has been under development for many years and was used by authors nationwide to create the recently published Critical Languages Series CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs.  Without any programming, MaxAuthor lets you create language instruction courseware for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and 44 other languages.  Completed courseware can utilize audio, video, footnotes, and graphics.  Student activities include MaxBrowser, Listening Dictation, Pronunciation, Multiple Choice, Vocabulary Completion, and Audio Flashcards.  Lessons can be delivered via Internet or MS-Windows.  Improvements are being made to the software in conjunction with the National Association of Self Instructional Language Programs (NASILP)

The author records separate audio for both sentences and words and has the option of recording audio in the training language only, but can also record translations or paraphrases in up to 5 other languages or dialects. The author can either manually define the word and sentence boundaries or let MaxAuthor choose the boundaries automatically.

MaxAuthor works just like a text editor with tools that add audio and exercise material; there is no programming or scripting necessary. The author selects one of the 5 authoring views: Word, Sentence, Multiple Choice, Footnote, or Cloze (Vocabulary Completion). The tools within MaxAuthor let you play, record, or edit recordings. When the Record All menu choice is selected, MaxAuthor sequentially records each word or sentence. When a lesson text is comprised of multiple occurrences of the same word, you have the option of using the same recording for each occurrence to avoid re-recording the same word.

Once you record audio for your lesson, the student can immediately use MaxBrowser, Listening Dictation, Pronunciation, Multiple Choice, Vocabulary Completion, and Audio Flashcards without further customization. By adding more information to the lesson such as multiple choice questions, multimedia footnotes, and custom Vocabulary Completion blanks, you can enhance the richness of the student's interaction with the lesson. It's up to you, the instructor, to decide how much time you want to invest in your new lesson.

System Requirements - Version 2.58
Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP/Vista (32-bit only), sound card, 9MB disk space, microphone recommended.

Tutorials Manual (pdf format)Frequently Asked Questions User CommentsExample Lessons
Written languages supported:

Albanian

Cantonese Romanization

Catalan

Chinese (with optional Pinyin)

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

English

Finnish

French

Gaelic (romanized)

German

Hungarian

Hupa

Indonesian

Italian

Japanese

Kazakh

Kongo

Korean

Kurripako

Latin

Luiseno

Lummi

Mojave

Nahuatl

Navajo

Norwegian

Ojibwe (Chippewa)

O'odham

Pinyin Romanization (Mandarin)

Polish

Portuguese

Romanian

Russian

Siswati

Slovak

Slovenian

Southern Paiute

Spanish

Swahili

Swedish

Tagalog

Turkish

Xhosa

Yaqui

MaxAuthor is being improved and distributed in cooperation with NASILP
National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs