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  1. 1. TELL ME MORE® Step by Step ACTIVITY GUIDE Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Before you begin using TELL ME MORE®, please read the following:* In TELL ME MORE®’s main menu, choose the user language you would like to work in. If youchoose your mother tongue as the user language, you will have access to translations of theinstructions for completing the exercises, as well as words in the glossary, dialogues, and so on. If youchoose your target language as the user language, you will be in total immersion and will have noaccess to any translations.In addition to this document, help is available for the current screen, for navigating, and for speechrecognition.* You can also print a screen shot at any time by clicking on the Tools and Info menu in the upperright-hand corner of the screen.* We advise you to always keep the headset on, because, depending on the different activities, youwill hear audio recordings and speech recognition may be activated.* It is not necessary to read this guide in its entirety before beginning your training. You can refer toit at any time by simply referring to the relevant sections. 2 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. This step-by-step guide is designed to help you use TELL ME MORE® effectively when learning aforeign language.It includes descriptions of the different types of activities included in the software, as well as thedifferent ways you can use them to study. Some activities have different options—its important tokeep in mind that the pedagogical objective of the activity can change depending on the optionselected.In Tell me More®, three different lesson modes are available.1 – FREE-TO-ROAM MODEThis mode is organized by workshops according to the skills or topics to be worked on: - Lesson Workshop - Cultural Workshop - Vocabulary Workshop - Grammar Workshop - Oral Workshop - Written WorkshopSome activities help you to work on several skills and/or subjects. You will find such activities inmore than one workshop.Free-to-Roam Mode gives you more freedom in navigation and allows you to change the options ofdifferent activities, such as the level of difficulty for speech recognition.If you need a flexible approach that allows you to manage your progress according to your needs andwishes, Free-to-Roam is the best lesson mode for you.2- GUIDED MODEDifferent Learning Paths are offered in this lesson mode.Most options cannot be changed from the default settings.However, you can adjust the percentage of activities indicator. After you have completed a certainnumber of exercises, an arrow at the bottom of the screen will blink, indicating that you can move onto the next activity. The scale is set by default at 50%, meaning you must complete half of theexercises before you can continue. If you proceed according to the default setting, you will have 50%of each activity marked as “Completed” in the Progress Chart.If you would like to complete the entire path, you must set the scale at 100%. To do this, click on theTools and Info menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then chooseFunctions/Options/Mode Options/Percentage of Activities. By doing this, you will have 100% ofeach activity marked as completed in the Progress Chart.The Learning Paths aim to help you develop comprehension, written and oral expression, andsociocultural skills.There are three or four Learning Paths in each level. Each Learning Path contains several lines,which are generally organized into “blocks” of four learning units.- Lines 1 and 2 concentrate on comprehension and written and oral expression through differenttypes of activities.All lessons begin with an activity (the dialogue) that sets the context and continue with a successionof activities that, through different angles, work the various skills that have been addressed up to thatpoint. This progression helps you to assimilate, simply and without memorization, the knowledgeneeded in order to communicate in the target language.Don’t be surprised if you come across the same activity more than once in a “block.” Since the optionsmay be different, the skills worked on will not be the same. This is especially the case with thedialogue. 3 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. - Lines 3 and 4 are concentrated on the sociolinguistic and cultural aspects of the countries where thelanguage being studied is spoken.If you are looking for an approach where learning is structured and all the activities are presentedprogressively, the Guided Mode is the best mode for you.3- DYNAMIC MODEIn this mode, the student can choose to work according to one of the objectives offered, after whichpoint TELL ME MORE® adapts the linguistic content to help students work on the skills that theyneed to improve the most, as calculated by their performance in each activity.TELL ME MORE® lets you do either of the following: § Select an objective:The student chooses one of the objectives offered. These objectives work on either knowledge orskills. § Personalize an objective according to skill or knowledge:- According to skill: students choose one or more skills for which they decide what level or levels ofdifficulty they want to work on.- According to knowledge: students choose one or more areas of knowledge for which they decidewhat level or levels of difficulty they want to work on.If you want an approach where learning evolves and adapts to your profile and needs, the DynamicMode is the best mode for you. 4 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. The following are the main components for each activity in this guide: • ACTIVITY TITLE Activitys title as it appears in TELL ME MORE®. • DESCRIPTION Activity type and explanation of how it works. • OPTIONS The possible options are specified for each activity: for example, speech recognition mode, or the number of possible answers. • PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES Pedagogical objectives are specified for each activity so that you can better understand their purpose: how they will help you, what skills you will improve, and what specific knowledge you will acquire. • HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS A step-by-step description of how to best ACTIVITY complete an activity is given, along with, for certain activities, the different ways you can use them and what you need to have completed or assimilated before moving on to the next activity. • ACCESS TO RESOURCES Links to resources, such as grammar and vocabulary explanations, are given in context for each activity. In addition, you can also consult the Reference Tools (Grammar Explanations, Conjugation Tool, and Glossary) from the Tools and Info menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This helps you answer any questions that may arise while you are working. 5 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. DialogueDESCRIPTIONVideos and pictures showing authentic communication scenarios. The topics introduced are oftenscenarios taken from daily life, with diverse themes adapted to the cultural nuances of the country orcountries where the language is spoken. Each dialogue is comprised of approximately fifteen questionsand three possible responses to each question.OPTIONSExplore- Speech Recognition Off: click on the answer of your choice. All answers are correct.Comprehension- Speech Recognition Off: click on the best answer. Only one answer is correct.- Speech Recognition Mode: pronounce the best answer. Only one answer is correct.Expression- Speech Recognition Mode: pronounce the answer of your choice. All answers are correct.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading and listening skills (Explore).- Develop listening skills (Comprehension, Speech Recognition Off).- Develop listening and speaking skills (Expression and Comprehension, Speech RecognitionMode).- Identify with one or more characters in the scenario.- Work on communication in different contexts.- Introduce or revise grammar concepts or vocabulary in context.- Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the target language, (intonation, structure,expressions) through conversations with native speakers from different backgrounds.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- First, listen to and/or read the question and possible responses in order to understand the generalsituation.- Then, reply by selecting one of the responses according to the predefined option, either with themouse or by pronouncing it.- Make sure that you have understood all of the responses before choosing one and moving on to thenext question.- In Speech Recognition Mode, speak after you hear the beep. If the computer does not recognize theanswer, listen to the example again and concentrate on the intonation and rhythm. It is also possible togo to the activity “Sentence Pronunciation” by clicking on the icon to the left of each sentence, inorder to focus on the sentence that is giving you difficulty.- In Expression and Explore, the dialogue may progress in a different manner depending upon theresponse that you have chosen. For this reason, it is recommended that you select a different responseeach time you go through the dialogue. 6 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. - The dialogue is the primary activity in a path. It is thus essential to go through it several times beforemoving on to the related activities.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding the different responses or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. • Consult the translation of different responses in context by clicking on the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 7 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Word SearchesDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of finding words hidden in a grid. The words to find are either displayed onscreen or given as a recording. They belong to the same lexical family.OPTIONS- Speech Recognition Off: the words to find are displayed on screen.- Listening Comprehension Mode: the words to find are available as audio recordings.- Grid size.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills (Speech Recognition Off).- Develop listening skills (Listening Comprehension Mode).- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words already encountered in the dialogue, inaddition to new words from the same family.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the heading describing the lexical family above the grid. This will give you an idea of the typesof words you will need to find.- According to your predefined option, either read (Speech Recognition Off) or listen to (ListeningComprehension Mode) each word and try to locate it in the grid.- At the end of the exercise, it is possible to display the words or expressions that you were unable tofind by clicking on “Solution.”- Make sure you have completely understood the meaning of each word before moving on to the nextexercise.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. • Consult the translation of the heading by clicking on the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 8 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Picture/Word AssociationDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of identifying the word or expression that corresponds to the image appearing onscreen. Each exercise allows you to associate a key word or expression already introduced in thedialogue with an image.OPTIONS- Speech Recognition Off: click on the answer of your choice.- Speech Recognition Mode: pronounce the answer of your choice.- Number of answers to choose from.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills (Speech Recognition Off).- Develop reading and speaking skills (Speech Recognition Mode).- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words and expressions already encountered in thedialogue, in addition to new words from the same family.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read all the words or expressions that appear on screen, then choose the one that best corresponds tothe image.- According to your predefined option, either click on (Speech Recognition Off) or pronounce(Speech Recognition Mode) the word you have chosen.- In Speech Recognition Mode, speak after you hear the beep. If the computer does not recognize theanswer, listen to each word again by clicking on “Find out more about a word.”- Make sure that you have understood the meaning of each word before moving on to the nextexercise.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 9 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Word AssociationDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of matching the words in two columns, following the criteria defined in theinstructions. The goal is to associate words that have a logical connection, such as synonyms (words orexpressions with the same meaning), antonyms (words or expressions with the opposite meaning), etc.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills.- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words and expressions already encountered in thedialogue, in addition to new words from the same family.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- First read the instructions in order to know what type of association to make.- Read each word in the two columns. Make sure you have understood the meaning of each wordbefore beginning the exercise.- In order to associate two words, click on the blue dots that represent them one after the other.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding the meaning of different words or expressions: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 10 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. The Right WordDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of completing a sentence with one of the words or groups of words proposed asthe solution.OPTIONS- Speech Recognition Off: click on the answer of your choice.- Speech Recognition Mode: pronounce the answer of your choice.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills (Speech Recognition Off).- Develop reading and speaking skills (Speech Recognition Mode).- For some exercises, assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.- For some exercises, assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words and expressions alreadyencountered in the dialogue, in addition to new words.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- First read the sentence to complete and make sure you have understood its meaning.- Then, read each of the proposed solutions and make sure you have understood their meanings.- Try out each of the solutions in your head before choosing the one that fits best. This will assist youin finding the correct answer.- Finally, either click on the solution you have chosen (Speech Recognition Off) or pronounce theentire sentence (Speech Recognition Mode), according to your predefined option.- In Speech Recognition Mode, speak after you hear the beep. If the computer does not recognize theanswer, listen to each word again by clicking on “Find out more about a word.”- Make sure that you have completely understood the meaning of the entire sentence before moving onto the next exercise.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a sentence or a word, or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help with grammar-related exercises: • Consult the grammar explanations in context by clicking on the link at the end of the sentence. 11 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Word OrderDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of arranging the scrambled words displayed on screen in the order needed tomake a sentence. Each exercise asks you to reconstruct a sentence whose structure has already beenintroduced in the dialogue. This activity enables you to put key grammar concepts and new vocabularyinto practice.OPTIONS- Speech Recognition Off: click on the answer of your choice.- Speech Recognition Mode: pronounce the answer of your choice.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills (Speech Recognition Off).- Develop reading and speaking skills (Speech Recognition Mode).- Become acquainted with a languages distinctive structures and idiomatic usage.- For some exercises, assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read each word that appears on the screen, then form a complete sentence according to thepredefined option: either click and drag word by word with the mouse (Speech Recognition Off) orpronounce the entire sentence in the correct order (Speech Recognition Mode).- Make sure that you have completely understood the meaning of each word before moving orpronouncing them.- In Speech Recognition Mode, speak after you hear the beep. If the computer does not recognize theanswer, listen to each word again by clicking on “Find out more about a word.”- Make sure that you have completely understood the meaning of the entire sentence before moving onto the next exercise.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help with grammar-related exercises: • Consult the grammar explanations in context by clicking on the link at the end of the sentence. 12 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Mystery PhraseDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of figuring out a keyword from the lesson according to its definition or otherclues.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop listening and reading skills.- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words and expressions already encountered in thedialogue, in addition to new words from the same family.- Improve spelling skills.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the definition and make sure you have understood it.- Enter the word or group of words that make up the solution. To do this, use either the on-screenkeyboard or your computers keyboard. The number of underscores indicates the number of letters.You can make up to six mistakes before the solution appears automatically.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a definition or word, or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 13 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Grammar PracticeDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of modifying words according to the instructions.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop writing skills.- Become acquainted with a languages distinctive structures and idiomatic usage.- Assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the instructions and study the example carefully.- Do not make any changes (such as changing the word order) other than those that have beenindicated in the instructions.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help assimilating grammatical concepts: • Consult the grammar explanations in context by clicking on the related link. 14 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  15. 15. Fill-in-the-BlanksDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of placing missing words in a series of incomplete sentences.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills.- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words and expressions already encountered in thedialogue, in addition to new words from the same family.- Become acquainted with a languages distinctive structures and idiomatic usage.- For some exercises, assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the incomplete sentences and then each of the missing words.- Make sure you have completely understood the meaning of both the text and the missing wordsbefore beginning the exercise.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help with grammar-related exercises: • Consult the grammar explanations in context by clicking on the link at the end of the sentence. 15 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  16. 16. Words and TopicsDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of classifying the words or expressions displayed on screen into different lexicalfamilies.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills.- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words and expressions already encountered in thedialogue, in addition to new words from the same family.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read each word and lexical family heading that appears on screen, then select and move each wordinto the appropriate lexical group with the mouse.- In some exercises, words appear that do not belong to any of the lexical families displayed on screen.In this case, these words should not be classified. Likewise, there are occasionally lexical families thatdo not correspond to any of the words displayed on screen. In this case, no words should be classifiedunder these headings. This serves to increase the difficulty of the exercise.- Make sure that you have completely understood the meaning of each of the words before classifyingthem.- Make sure that you have completely understood the meaning of each familys heading before movingon to the next exercise.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or heading, or if you would like more information: • Consult "Find out more about a word" by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. • Consult the translation of the headings for each lexical family by clicking on the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 16 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Video and QuestionsDESCRIPTIONVideo followed by comprehension questions.A video is shown, accompanied by an audio recording. The topics introduced are often scenarios takenfrom daily life, with diverse themes adapted to the cultural nuances of the country or countries wherethe language is spoken. Following the video, you are asked to respond to approximately ten multiple-choice questions.OPTIONS- Display Text: the text is displayed to the right of the video.- No Text Display: no text is displayed.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop listening and reading skills (Display Text).- Develop listening skills (No Text Display).- Learn about daily life or culture through a narrative description.- Introduce or revise grammar concepts and vocabulary in context, which you can work on later in theexercises.- Learn to identify the main ideas in an audio recording or text.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- This activity contains several user modes: • To develop listening and reading skills simultaneously: read and listen to the text at the same time. • To develop reading skills only: read the text while watching the video, without listening to the recording. • To develop listening skills, listen to the text while watching the video.- Read or listen to the text once without pausing, in order to understand the overall meaning.- Then read or listen to the text a second time, pausing each time you have difficulty understanding.- Make sure you have understood the meaning of each paragraph before moving on to the next section.- Once you have finished watching the video, answer all of the multiple-choice questions.- Make sure you have understood the meaning of the question and all of the possible responses beforeselecting an answer. More than one response can be correct.- When answering the questions, you can click on the video link in the bottom right-hand corner of thescreen, in order to see the corresponding video segment again. 17 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. • Consult the translation of the text by clicking on the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 18 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Crossword PuzzlesDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of completing a crossword puzzle using clues given either as translations or asrecordings.OPTIONS- Translation Mode: see a translation of the word.- Listening Comprehension Mode: listen to a recording of the word.- Grid size.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop writing skills (Translation Mode).- Develop listening and writing skills (Listening Comprehension Mode).- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words already encountered in the dialogue, inaddition to new words.- Improve spelling skills.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- In Translation Mode, read the translation that appears on screen. (Note that this mode cannot beused in total immersion, as no translations are available.)- In Listening Comprehension Mode, listen to the recording of the word or expression as many timesas you need to.- Once you are sure that you have recognized the word, enter it into the blue squares. To do this, useeither the on-screen keyboard or your computers keyboard.- Next, click on another square in the grid to enter another word.- Make sure you have understood and correctly spelled each word before moving on to the nextexercise.- Make sure you have completely understood the meaning of each word before moving on to the nextexercise.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go.- It is recommended that you move on to the next activity after having completed five to ten puzzles.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 19 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  20. 20. Sentence PracticeDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of rewriting sentences according to a specific set of instructions.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop writing skills.- Become acquainted with a languages distinctive structures and idiomatic usage.- Assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the instructions and study the example carefully before beginning the exercise.- Write the new sentence in the space beneath the original sentence.- Do not make any changes (such as changing the word order) other than those that have beenindicated in the instructions.- Make sure you have completely understood the pertinence of each correct response before movingon to the next exercise.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help assimilating grammatical concepts: • Consult the grammar explanations in context by clicking on the link at the end of each sentence. 20 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  21. 21. Words and FunctionsDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of classifying different words in a text according to different criteria:grammatical category, function, or verb tense. The number of words to classify is indicated above thetext.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills.- Learn the terminology used to describe the language you are studying.- Familiarize yourself with different types of words in various contexts.- Become acquainted with a languages distinctive structures and idiomatic usage.- Assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the essay carefully.- Find the words that correspond to the headings of each box.- To move a word into a box, first click on the word, then click on the box.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding either the text or the classifications, or if you would like moreinformation: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. • Consult the translation of the box headings by clicking on the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 21 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  22. 22. Text TransformationDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of rewriting a short essay according to a specific set of instructions.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop writing skills.- Become acquainted with a languages distinctive structures and idiomatic usage.- Assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the instructions carefully and think about what needs to be changed.- Do not make any changes (such as changing the word order) other than those that have beenindicated in the instructions.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go. The program will indicate the first mistake made in the essay,but this does not mean that it is the only mistake. You must first correct this mistake, and then clickagain on “Correction” to make sure there aren’t any other corrections to make.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding the essay or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help assimilating grammatical concepts: • Consult the grammar explanations in context by clicking on the link at the end of the essay. 22 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  23. 23. Written ExpressionDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of writing a short essay based on an image, video, audio recording, or anotheressay. It can be either a description or a summary.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop writing skills.- Use your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and sociolinguistics in the context of writtenexpression.- Encourage expression with a creative writing activity.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the instructions and think about what you might be able to write.- Take notes to help develop your ideas.- Next, put your ideas together and write an essay using simple sentences. The suggested length isindicated in the instructions.- The solution given is only an example and should be used as a reference. 23 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  24. 24. Key Grammar ExplanationsDESCRIPTIONExplanations of the key grammar points illustrated in the dialogues and videos in both the targetlanguage and user language.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Provide a theoretical reference point that summarizes the grammar points introduced in the lesson.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read each grammar explanation in the context of the examples given. Some explanations areillustrated with a comic strip. To toggle between the explanations and illustrations, use the twobuttons to the right of the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.- Make sure you have understood each explanation before moving on to the next sequence.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding the explanations: • Consult the translation by clicking on the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 24 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  25. 25. Phonetics ExerciseDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of listening to and pronouncing words according to an example to help practicethe different phonemes (sounds) of a language. A list of several phonemes is given. Each phonemeappears on average in six words, giving you the opportunity to practice pronouncing it.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop listening and speaking skills.- Learn to recognize and pronounce the phonemes of the language you are studying so as tounderstand and imitate the pronunciation of a native speaker as best you can.- Focus on your own personal comprehension and pronunciation difficulties.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Study the list of phonemes and related words. The phonemes are represented using the symbols ofthe International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), the standard phonetic representation used for all spokenlanguages. Previous knowledge of the IPA is not required, as the written form for each phoneme(representative letters) appears in green in the different words. It is simply necessary to recognize thedifferent written forms corresponding to each phoneme in order to become familiar with them, so as todevelop the ability to associate automatically the spelling of a word with its pronunciation.- Select each phoneme from the list, and then listen to and pronounce each of the words listed byimitating the example. Speak after you hear the beep.- Listen to each of your recordings and compare it with the example to better understand how yourpronunciation differs. The score also serves as a reference. If you score 3 out of 7 or higher, yourpronunciation is considered satisfactory and you can move on to the next word. Specificallypractice the phonemes that you have difficulty understanding or pronouncing. Use the phoneticsanimation, to the right of the word being practiced, to best assimilate the phonemes pronunciation:play the animation, read the explanation about the phonemes articulation, then study the animationand try to reproduce the different movements and positions of the lips, tongue, and palate.- Also remember to practice the comprehension and pronunciation of each word in context, bylistening to and imitating the pronunciation of the corresponding sentences. To do this, click on theicon to the right of the word.- Finally, keep in mind that the graph reproducing the intonation of the word is just a reference model.Even native speakers will not reproduce it in an identical manner.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 25 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  26. 26. Word PronunciationDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of listening to and pronouncing the words and expressions introduced in alesson. Approximately fifteen words are listed.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop listening and speaking skills.- Learn to understand and pronounce the most important words and expressions in a lesson.- Focus on your own personal comprehension and pronunciation difficulties.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the list of words and expressions, then select them one by one and make sure that you are ableto understand and pronounce them correctly.- Speak after you hear the beep. Specifically practice the words or expressions that you have the mostdifficulty with by listening to and pronouncing them as many times as necessary.- Listen to each of your recordings and compare it with the example to better understand how yourpronunciation differs. The score also serves as a reference. If you score 3 out of 7 or higher, yourpronunciation is considered satisfactory and you can move on to the next word.- Finally, keep in mind that the graph reproducing the intonation of the word is just a reference model.Even native speakers will not reproduce it in an identical manner.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 26 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  27. 27. DictationDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of listening to and transcribing words and sentences.OPTIONS- Easy Mode: does not take into account capitalization, accents, or punctuation errors.- Difficult Mode: only typographically correct answers are accepted.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop listening and writing skills.- Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the target language, including intonation, structures,and expressions.- Improve spelling and punctuation use.- Assimilate and build vocabulary by working with words and expressions already encountered in thedialogue, in addition to new words from the same family.- For some exercises, assimilate grammatical concepts already encountered in the dialogue.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Listen carefully to all of the sentences first.- Listen carefully to each sentence as many times as needed, then type it.- If you would like to check your answers during the course of an exercise, you can click on the“Correction” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will allow you to see yourerrors and to correct them as you go.- Make sure you have completely understood the meaning of each sentence before moving on to thenext exercise.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a sentence or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help with grammar-related exercises: • Consult the grammar explanations in context by clicking on the link at the end of the sentence. 27 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  28. 28. Sentence PronunciationDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of listening to and pronouncing a list of sentences from the lesson.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop listening and speaking skills.- Learn to recognize and pronounce the most important sentences in a lesson.- Focus on your own personal comprehension and pronunciation difficulties.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the list of sentences, then select them one by one and make sure that you are able to understandand pronounce them correctly.- Speak after you hear the beep. Specifically practice the sentences that you have the most difficultywith by listening to and practicing them as many times as necessary.- Listen to each of your recordings and compare it with the example to better understand how yourpronunciation differs. The score also serves as a reference. If you score 3 out of 7 or higher, yourpronunciation is considered satisfactory and you can move on to the next word.- Especially work on the words highlighted in red, signifying that their pronunciation needs to beimproved. To do this, click on the word to listen to it again, or click on the button to the right of thesentence to practice the words pronunciation.- Finally, keep in mind that the graph reproducing the intonation of the word is just a reference. Evennative speakers will not reproduce it in an identical manner.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a sentence or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 28 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  29. 29. KeywordsDESCRIPTIONList of approximately fifteen of the most important words and expressions of the lesson, withtranslations.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Assimilate the key vocabulary learned in the lesson.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read each word or expression as well as its translation.- Make sure you have assimilated all the words before moving on to the next lesson.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 29 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  30. 30. Cultural textDESCRIPTIONText accompanied by an image pertaining to a culturally related subject.The text is followed by different activities.OPTIONS- Entire Text: access to the entire text.- Text Summary: access to the keywords and introductory sentence of the text.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills.- Discover and broaden your knowledge of the culture of the country or countries where the languageis spoken. The subjects covered include: Geography, History, Traditions, Cuisine, Literature, Art andArchitecture, Entertainment, and Society and Economy.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the text in its entirety and try to understand the general ideas. Then, read it a second timepaying close attention to the keywords in bold.- You can also display the text summary, which allows you to take a closer look at the image.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a keyword or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs.- If you need help understanding the meaning of the entire text: • Consult the translation by clicking on the flag in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 30 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  31. 31. Cultural QuizDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of answering a question related to a cultural text. Three hints are given to helpyou find the answer.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop reading skills.- Assimilate and enrich your knowledge of the cultural aspects learned in the cultural texts.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Read the question and make sure you have completely understood the meaning of each word beforeanswering.- If you think you know the answer, enter it in the space provided. To do this, use either the on-screenkeyboard or your computers keyboard.- If you do not know the answer or you are not completely sure, you can use one of the three hints byclicking on the corresponding button. The number of letters required for the solution can also serve asa hint.- Finally, you can also view the cultural text once the answer is displayed.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a word or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 31 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  32. 32. PatchworksDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of identifying different cultural elements by linking each caption with thecorresponding image.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Assimilate and enrich your knowledge of the cultural aspects learned in the cultural texts.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Study the different images closely, then read the captions.- Click on each caption and drag it onto the corresponding image.- Once you have placed each name, any mistakes you have made will appear in red. You can continuetrying until you find the correct answer. 32 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  33. 33. MapmaniaDESCRIPTIONThis activity consists of identifying different geographical places on a map, and linking each captionwith its corresponding location.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Assimilate and broaden your geographic knowledge, particularly concerning the country or countrieswhere the language you are studying is spoken.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY- Study the map closely, then read the place names.- Click on each place name and drag it onto the corresponding location.- Once you have placed each name, any mistakes you have made will appear in red. You can continuetrying until you find the correct answer. 33 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  34. 34. Role PlayDESCRIPTIONThis is a video activity that shows clips from authentic, modern films and made-for-TV movies thathave been selected for their linguistic and cultural authenticity of the communication situationsportrayed. In this cultural immersion activity, students must take part in the exchange and identifywith one of the characters by playing his or her part.OPTIONS- Recording speed.- Display film script: this allows you to see the entire script of the film.- Display film subtitles: this allows you to choose whether or not to see the subtitles while the film isplaying and during playback with your recordings. Subtitles are present by default.PEDAGOGICAL OBJECTIVES- Develop listening and speaking skills.- Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the target language, including intonation, structures,and expressions.- Assimilate and enrich vocabulary in context.- Become acquainted with the sociolinguistic and cultural aspects of the countries where the languagebeing studied is spoken.HOW TO BEST COMPLETE THIS ACTIVITY1. Watch film:- Watch and listen to the entire film clip as many times as you need to in order to understand thesituation and the relationships between the different characters.2. Play your part:- Choose a part to play, then click on the picture of the character you have selected and watch the film.The character’s lines will be shown just under the film display. You must speak while the words passthrough the blue rectangle. If the line appears in red, you must pronounce it again.- If you are having trouble, you can slow down the recording speed or go to the “Pronunciation ofcharacters’ lines” screen at any time by clicking on the blue icon below the characters’ pictures. Thisscreen allows you to work on all the lines of a specific character.Listen to each of your recordings and compare them with the examples to better understand how yourpronunciation differs. The score also serves as a reference. If you score 3 out of 7 or higher, yourpronunciation is considered satisfactory and you can move on to the next line. 34 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.
  35. 35. 3. Watch film with your voice recording:- This last function lets you watch the film again and allows you to listen to your recordings. As aresult, you can evaluate your performance in context. To find out which lines were pronouncedcorrectly and which ones need to be worked on, click on the “Display script” button above the filmdisplay. The lines that were pronounced correctly appear in green, while the others appear in red. Youcan then return to the pronunciation screen to improve the pronunciation of the lines you had troublewith.ACCESS TO RESOURCES- If you need help understanding a sentence or if you would like more information: • Consult “Find out more about a word” by first clicking on the red circle in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then on a particular word (only available for words that are underlined). This feature provides access to a translation and recording of the word, a link to pronunciation practice, and a list of conjugations for verbs. 35 Copyright 2005 Auralog S.A. All rights reserved.

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