Critical Languages Series Beginning Turkish has been remastered on DVD-ROM with new features and new graphics, and is available now for $79.95 from the University of Arizona Press.

See the press release for more information.


Beginning Kurmanji Kurdish, created with MaxAuthor, receives a great review from CALICO! Read the review (PDF format).


CALI's Scott Brill was on the Customizing Moodle for Language Learning panel at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) annual conference in Victoria BC. See for more info on the conference.


Critical Languages Series Online is our new subscription-based online delivery system for our CD/DVD-ROM courseware. It was created using MaxAuthor and the Moodle learning management system. See the Press Release.


Please join us at the 2009 NASILP conference at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA


New materials available! Critical Languages Series Beginning Kurmanji Kurdish, Intermediate Ukrainian, and Advanced Turkish are now available for purchase.

Registration for the 2009 NASILP conference is now open!


Please join us at the 2008 NASILP conference at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA.


A beta release of the upcoming Critical Languages Series: Beginning Kurdish DVD-ROM is being used at the University of Arizona for Kurdish language instruction.


Scott Brill gave a presentation titled "MaxAuthor: A Freely Available Authoring System for Windows and Moodle" at the 2008 WorldCALL conference in Fukuoka, Japan.


We have been working on a new MaxAuthor export format for Moodle. Check it out at Critical Languages Series Online!


Version 3.21 of MaxBrowser is now available free for non-commercial use download. Download the latest version here:

The Critical Languages Series has a totally revamped website with demonstration videos.

Please join us for a demonstration of our new software at the NASILP conference in Washington DC, Nov 2-3 2007.

We will demonstrate MaxAuthor at the ACTFL conference in San Antonio, Nov 17, 2007.

See our article about MaxAuthor in the National Capital Language Resource Center Newsletter.

See our new MaxAuthor video tutorials.


We have a new grant from the US Dept of Education for the creation of Kurdish I, Ukrainian II, and Turkish III materials.

The University of Arizona has a new National Foreign Language Resource Center CERCLL: The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy. As a part of this center, we will be creating MaxAuthor training materials.

We will demonstrate our new software at the NCOLCTL conference in Madison Wisconsin, April 26-29.


We will demonstrate our new software and courseware for Cantonese, Kazakh, Turkish, and Ukrainian at the CALICO 2006 conference in Honolulu , Hawaii , May 16-20.

We now have a series of Macromedia Flash-based videos demonstrating our student formats for Kazakh (other languages similar), see

CALICO Journal (Vol 24, Number 2, 2007) has published a review of our new Intermediate Cantonese DVD-ROM created with MaxAuthor.  

MaxAuthor was included on the 2004 and 2005 "Resources for English Language Teachers" CD-ROM by the US Dept of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, English Language Fellow Program, see


The information about MaxBrowser in this news article is obsolete. See information on the latest version of MaxBrowser.

Our new paradigm for delivering MAX lessons over the Internet has now
progressed.  MaxAuthor has been able to export lessons in HTML format for many years and thousands of students have used these lessons over the Internet (see for samples in 20 languages). The student
experience was not quite as rich as our CD-ROM delivery mechanism for
several reasons: limited support for display and keyboard input of less
commonly taught languages such as Cantonese and Native American languages,
and limited audio support for our pronunciation exercise and other audio
activities. We experimented with doing these things in Java and Flash, but
there were compatibility or vendor issues that were not easily resolved.
Instead, we have chosen to improve MaxBrowser so that a student can use it
to directly open MAX files over the Internet. It is very similar to Internet
Explorer, and is built using components of it. The new, free for
non-commercial use, MaxBrowser3 has all the same interactive features as our
latest DVD-ROMs (see

Once you download and install MaxBrowser3, we have several sample lessons
with audio and streaming video you can try (more coming soon). Your own
lessons created with MaxAuthor can also be used over the Internet with
MaxBrowser3 if you have a web server.

We are using MaxBrowser3 as the delivery mechanism for our soon to be
available "Critical Languages Series Online" subscription service where
students will be able to sign up and access the same materials available on
our CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs for a period of several months at a time.

We will be demonstrating this and our new DVD-ROMs at the annual conference
of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP)
conference in Arlington , Virginia (near DC) October 28-29. If you have been
considering offering an LCTL at your institution for credit, NASILP can
show you how. Please see for registration information.

Other News: Dena Thomas and Members of the Tohono O'odham Nation Education Department have produced a 2 CD-ROM set "Acim ac O'odhamkaj neneok" (Beginning O'odham Levels 1+2) containing over 180 lessons created with
MaxAuthor. Tohono O'odham is a native language of Arizona .

How are you using MaxAuthor? We are applying for new funding and your
comments and suggestions can help shape the direction of our future materials.


The University of Arizona Critical Languages Program and the UA Computer Aided Language Instruction Group are pleased to announce the availability of 5 new titles in the Critical Languages Series:

-Beginning Ukrainian
-Intermediate Cantonese
-Intermediate Turkish
-Intermediate Kazakh
-Advanced Kazakh

These 5 new titles are in DVD-ROM format and require a computer running Windows 2000 or XP (not intended for standard home DVD players) and were developed using our MaxAuthor authoring system with funding from:  the US Department of Education International Research and Studies Program, the Office of the Dean of the University of Arizona College of Humanities, and the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs.

These extensively tested materials contain many video clips, thousands of native speaker audio recordings, several types of interactive exercises, and are equivalent to a one-year college course.  The suggested retail price is $79.95 and are distributed by the University of Arizona Press 1-800-426-3797.

Scott Brill and Alex Dunkel will present these new materials July 29th at the Interagency Language Roundtable Showcase ( at Howard Community College , Columbia , Maryland .

Many thanks to our authors (and their assistants), 10 reviewers, 11 native speakers, 10 production assistants, 43 beta testers, and many others who have made this project happen, we really appreciate your help!  For more information about the Critical Languages Series, see


For speakers of Chinese, there is a nice Flash-based tutorial on how to use MaxAuthor produced by the Far East Book Company at


Poster session at the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Madison , WI , May 1st.

MaxAuthor Workshop at CALICO 2004, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, June 9th.

MaxAuthor Workshop at American Indian Language Development Institute.


New online lessons created with MaxAuthor: German lessons from the University of Pittsburgh, and a new Chemehuevi lesson by Johnny Hill, funded by our Gates Foundation grant.

See our latest publication: "The Impact of Self-Instructional Technology on Language Learning: A View of NASILP", A. Dunkel, S. Brill, B. Kohl, In C.A. Spreen (Ed.), New Technologies and Language Learning: Cases in the Less Commonly Taught Languages (Technical Report #25; pp. 97-120).  Honolulu , HI : University of Hawai'i , Second Language Teaching & Curriculum Center , 2002. ISBN 0-8248-2634-5


We have been awarded a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the Colorado River Indian Tribes to help develop materials for the Mohave and Chemehuevi languages.

Department of Education Grant

MaxAuthor 2.5 (released 12/11/2001) and the Critical Languages Series CD-ROMS created with MaxAuthor have been verified to operate correctly on Windows XP as well as Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME.  The new audio dictionary feature introduced in MaxAuthor 2.5 has been well appreciated and has saved content creators many hours of re-recording the same words in different lessons.

We now have over 300 registered MaxAuthor users in 42 countries.  Many of them are creating lessons and putting them online for students. Recent examples:

Grindsted Gymnasium Og Hf:  (Russian for Danish speakers)
Latin lessons from Cornell College
Chechen from Zura Batsiyeva

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