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English for All Americans: Software for Language Learning


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From alphabet skills to listening, speaking and understanding fast natural speech, a number of resources will be demonstrated. They are all designed for adults, using authentic materials, and are highly interactive with contextual feedback. Available both as standalone and networkable CDROMs, and as online eLearning, they are outstanding content-rich resources.

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English for All Americans: Software for Language Learning

  1. 1. English for All Americans: Software for Language Learning Marsha Chan Virginia Westwood TESOL 2010 Boston
  2. 2. Protea Textware Pty Ltd (Australia) presents software solutions <ul><li>Interactive multimedia solutions for students and teachers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English as a Second Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy and Numeracy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Represented by </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>respecting and building on what adults know and are interested in; </li></ul><ul><li>providing real choices; </li></ul><ul><li>accommodating different learning styles; </li></ul><ul><li>viewing language and literacy learning as a means of empowerment; </li></ul><ul><li>supporting learners to become independent; </li></ul><ul><li>creating a safe and supportive learning environment; and by </li></ul><ul><li>extending learners as far as possible… </li></ul>Protea philosophy
  4. 4. <ul><li>“ While we work the technology to the limit, the design of the program is always driven by the pedagogy and not by the technology.” </li></ul><ul><li>Heather Kaufmann </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ An application should be programmed so that it behaves a little like a duck - smooth and graceful on the surface, and paddling like hell underneath.” </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Westwood </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ Computers (probably) won't ever replace teachers, but teachers who use computers will eventually replace those who don't.” Anonymous, TESLCA list
  7. 7. Protea software provides <ul><li>Sound educational values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>methodology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content-rich meaningful contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Full use of multimedia and technology </li></ul>
  8. 8. The software programs <ul><li>The Alphabet </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a b c … skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Spelling Fusion </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>words in context – sentence level </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Issues in English 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>whole language – 4 levels - dialogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Connected Speech </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>pronunciation – 3 levels – natural speech </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Alphabet <ul><li>Teaches and tests alphabet skills </li></ul><ul><li>Animated help – no written or spoken instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Sight and sound recognition of letters </li></ul><ul><li>Voice recording </li></ul><ul><li>Workbook </li></ul><ul><li>Ages 5 to 100! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10-15 hours </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Alphabet <ul><li>Five modules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lowercase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uppercase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mixed cases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>basic spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Six graded exercises in each module </li></ul><ul><li>Letter names and sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Alphabetical order </li></ul>
  11. 11. THE ALPHABET DEMO <ul><li>Click here to view http:// </li></ul>
  12. 12. Spelling Fusion <ul><li>Teaches and tests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pronunciation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 4000 illustrated head words arranged in 12 groups and 95 topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabification for every head word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Singulars, plurals, words and sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graded spelling activities for every head word </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ages 10 to adult </li></ul><ul><li>~1000+ hours </li></ul>
  13. 13. Spelling Fusion <ul><li>Voice recording </li></ul><ul><li>Hotwords </li></ul><ul><li>Word info </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>Learn and test modes </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Password protected printing </li></ul>
  14. 14. SPELLING FUSION DEMO <ul><li>Click here to view http:// </li></ul>
  15. 15. Issues in English 2 <ul><li>A whole language program based on video dialogues and interviews with comprehensive exercises for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pronunciation </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Issues in English 2 <ul><li>4 levels: upper beginner to advanced </li></ul><ul><li>600+ activities based on 8 topical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Learn, test, track </li></ul><ul><li>Password protected printing </li></ul><ul><li>Students aged 12 to adult </li></ul>
  17. 17. Issues in English 2 <ul><li>Listening </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Match spoken and written words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Match pictures with spoken sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify differences between spoken and written texts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Match words, same and opposite meaning </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Issues in English 2 <ul><li>Grammar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple present, past and continuous tenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Going to , present and past perfect tenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal pronouns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conjunctions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phrasal verbs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Question tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjectives and adjective order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reported speech </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Pronunciation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Words and sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice recording and model </li></ul></ul>Issues in English 2
  20. 20. Issues in English 2 <ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Punctuation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehension questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note-taking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expressing opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essay writing (various genres) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT computer corrected! </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. ISSUES IN ENGLISH 2 DEMO <ul><li>Click here to view http:// </li></ul>
  22. 22. Connected Speech <ul><li>27 video clips </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on suprasegmentals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pause groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sounds - IPA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Brings together theory and practice </li></ul>
  23. 23. Connected Speech <ul><li>Based on videos of extended passages of natural speech by North American male & female speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Mark up transcript for suprasegmental feature </li></ul><ul><li>Record after model – speech recognition feedback (SR on CD version only) </li></ul><ul><li>36 additional extension exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials for each module </li></ul><ul><li>Password protected printing of worksheets, tutorials, answer sheets, test results </li></ul>
  24. 24. Connected Speech <ul><li>Teaches and tests pronunciation skills </li></ul><ul><li>Three levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lower intermediate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upper intermediate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>9 speakers with a range of speaking styles </li></ul><ul><li>Optional transcripts and hotwords </li></ul><ul><li>Students aged 12 to adult </li></ul><ul><li>300+ hours </li></ul>
  25. 25. CONNECTED SPEECH DEMO <ul><li>Click here to view http:// </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>&quot;Computers (probably) won't ever replace teachers, but teachers who use computers will eventually replace those who don't.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymous, TESLCA list </li></ul>
  27. 27. Availability <ul><li>CD-ROM standalone or networks (PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Online network licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Contact distributors on website is an authorized distributor </li></ul>
  28. 28. Contact <ul><li>Virginia Westwood [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web </li></ul><ul><li>Skype virginia.westwood </li></ul><ul><li>Marsha Chan [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web </li></ul><ul><li>Skype marshachan </li></ul>