vocabulary is a gradual and ongoing process. It is an investment, but
probably one of the best investments a learner can make.
Marc Slater is the director of eReflect
– a self improvement
software company. Their products cover reading, vocabulary, spelling,
It is a unique company that shares valuable tools.
is their most popular English language tool. It helps students increase
their vocabulary in all areas: from everyday communication skills to
advanced tests (SAT
, and others).
So we are happy to have Marc answering some questions and sharing his
knowledge with us!
1. How did eReflect came to be? What was your basic purpose?
started when I became very interested in vocabulary building. At the
time I bought a number of books on the topic. Having a background in
software, I felt that computers could do a much better job of teaching
words than a book could.
So I started to look around for a
good vocabulary building software program. Unfortunately there was
nothing good out there. I felt this was a great opportunity, so I
decided to develop my own vocabulary building program. eReflect really
grew from there.
2. Please tell us about your most popular tool and what makes it so
is our most
popular English language tool. Users find it useful for a number of
First it can keep track
of which words you know and customise your learning
Second, it includes many different
to make it fast and easy to learn new
Finally it has easy step-by-step
that virtually "holds the user by the hand" and
guides them to a better vocabulary.
We do this with special technology that combines video with computer activities
Your Ultimate Vocabulary software seems to be helpful for vocabulary
building. Which method does it use and what are its components?
The main methods of vocabulary building Ultimate Vocabulary uses are:
Processing: you get lots of information on words to facilitate "deep
processing". Studies show this increases retention by up to 670%.
- Customized learning: you focus only on the words you don't
- Repetition: The word messenger feature can remind you of
words while you do other things to increase retention of new words.
- Step-by-Step Training: to make learning vocabulary simple
and easy for everyone.
4. How does your Ultimate Vocabulary software help with
different English exams, such as the IELTS, GRE, SAT, and GMAT?
have special word lists put together by experts that focus on these
exams. These are based on words that appear frequently on the exams.
Leaning these words is
the most effective way to boost your score in a standardized exam.
5. When building vocabulary there are many levels. Who is this software
suitable for and who isn't?
Ultimate Vocabulary includes word lists for all levels, ranging from
Grade 1 to PhD level.
Please tell us about some other eReflect products and/or resources that
Really Learn English readers (students and teachers) may find useful?
Spelling – helps with your spelling, 7 Speed Reading – teaches you to
"speed read," Ultimate Typing – teaches you to touch type (typing
without looking for the keys).
Marc, thanks so much
for taking the time to answer our questions. It was most
informative. We hope to see many more useful tools from you and your
team in the future!