@BrickBack - I know what program you are talking about. I actually have some of the software at home and it is great. It allows you to think in the language because it offers pictures and then gives you a chance to learn the word and actually pronounce it.
There is a software microphone that comes with the course that measures how your voice sounds compared to a native speaker. I have to say that the program is really addicting. This form of language instruction is great if you have to learn a language quickly and need a comprehensive approach.
I also used a computer based reading instruction to teach both of my children to read. It was really easy. It was an embedded phonics program that got them reading after 120 lessons. I used this with my daughter when she was four and she was able to progress in her reading so much that in Kindergarten she won an achievement award because she had so many points in the accelerated reading program at school.
The lessons only took about twenty minutes every day. There was a follow up program to teach more advanced phonics which also contained a writing component. The writing portion was the only aspect that was a bit difficult, but that is because children at that age do not have the fine motor skills to write for any length of time.
So if you ignore the writing portion, the child can still learn to read. The course also offers a list of suggested titles to use after you compete the course that your child should be able to read. My son learned to read the same way and both of my kids are strong readers today.