Expanding the "E" with interactive multimedia English language software


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From alphabet skills to listening, speaking and understanding fast natural speech, four engaging programs will be demonstrated. Designed for adults and teens, and using authentic materials, these award-winning materials are highly interactive with contextual feedback. Available as standalone and networkable CD-ROMs, as well as online eLearning, they’re outstanding and affordable content-rich resources. www.sunburstmedia.com

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Expanding the "E" with interactive multimedia English language software

  1. 1. Expanding the “E” with interactive multimedia English language software<br />Marsha Chan, Sunburst Media (California)<br />Virginia Westwood, ProteaTextware (Australia) present software solutions<br />Interactive multimedia solutions for students and teachers<br />English as a Second / Additional Language<br />TESOL 2011 New Orleans<br />E<br />
  2. 2. Protea philosophy<br />Respect and build on what learners know and are interested in <br />Provide real choices <br />Accommodate different learning styles <br />View language and literacy learning as a means of empowerment <br />Support learners to become independent <br />Create a safe and supportive learning environment <br />Extend learners as far as possible<br />While we work the technology to the limit, the design of the program is always driven by the pedagogy and not by the technology. – Heather Kaufmann<br />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. – Virginia Westwood<br />
  3. 3. Protea software provides<br />Sound educational values<br />Content<br />Methodology<br />Content-rich meaningful contexts<br />Full use of multimedia and technology<br />
  4. 4. The Alphabet<br />Five modules<br />Lowercase<br />Uppercase<br />Mixed Cases<br />Keyboard<br />Basic spelling<br />Six graded exercises in each module<br />Letter names and sounds<br />Alphabetical order<br />
  5. 5. THE ALPHABET DEMO<br />Click here to view <br />www.sunburstmedia.com/alphabet.html<br />
  6. 6. Spelling Fusion<br />Teaches and tests<br />Spelling<br />Vocabulary<br />Pronunciation<br />Over 4000 illustrated head words arranged in 12 groups and 95 topics<br />Syllabification for every head word<br />Singulars, plurals, words and sentences<br />Graded spelling activities for every head word<br />Ages 10 to adult<br />Over 1000 hours of interactive learning<br />
  7. 7. Spelling Fusion<br />Voice recording<br />Hotwords – glossed words & phrases<br />Word info<br />Games<br />Learn mode – unlimited attempts<br />Test mode – 1 attempt, scored<br />Tracking – exercises, time, scores<br />Password protected printing<br />
  8. 8. SPELLING FUSION DEMO<br />Click here to view <br />www.sunburstmedia.com/spellingfusion.html<br />
  9. 9. Issues in English 2<br />A whole language program based on video dialogues and interviews with comprehensive exercises for<br />Listening<br />Reading<br />Writing<br />Vocabulary<br />Spelling<br />Grammar<br />Pronunciation <br />
  10. 10. Issues in English 2<br />4 levels: upper beginner to advanced<br />Ages 12 to adult<br />600+ activities based on 8 topical issues<br />Learn mode – unlimited attempts<br />Test mode – 1 attempt, scored<br />Tracking – exercises, time, scores<br />Password protected printing<br />
  11. 11. Issues in English 2<br />Listening<br />Match spoken and written words<br />Match pictures with spoken sentences<br />Identify differences between spoken and written texts<br />Vocabulary<br />Match words, same and opposite meaning<br />
  12. 12. Issues in English 2<br />Writing<br />Punctuation<br />Comprehension questions<br />Note-taking<br />Summary writing<br />Expressing opinions<br />Essay writing (various genres)<br />NOT computer corrected!<br />
  13. 13. ISSUES IN ENGLISH 2 DEMO<br />Click here to view <br />www.sunburstmedia.com/issuesinenglish.html<br />
  14. 14. Connected Speech<br />Teaches and tests pronunciation skills<br />Three levels:<br />Lower intermediate<br />Upper intermediate<br />Advanced<br />9 male & female speakers with a range of speaking styles. Choose from among 3 versions:<br />North American <br />British<br />Australian<br />Ages 12 to adult<br />300+ hours of interactive engagement<br />
  15. 15. Connected Speech<br />Brings together theory and practice<br />27 video clips<br />Hide text<br />Show text with hotwords<br />Focus on suprasegmentals<br />Pause groups/phrasing<br />Syllables <br />Stress<br />Pitch/intonation<br />Linking<br />
  16. 16. Connected Speech<br />Learning activities based on videos of extended passages of natural speech<br />Mark up transcript for suprasegmental features<br />Pause groups, syllables, stress, pitch, linking<br />Record and compare with model <br />Speech recognition feedback on CD version<br />36 additional extension exercises<br />Sounds–International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)<br />
  17. 17. Connected Speech<br />Tutorials for each module<br />Optional transcripts<br />Learn mode – unlimited attempts<br />Test mode – 1 attempt, scored<br />Tracking – exercises, time, scores<br />Password protected printing<br />
  18. 18. CONNECTED SPEECH DEMO<br />Click here to view <br />www.sunburstmedia.com/connectedspeech.html<br />
  19. 19. Software availability<br />Versions<br />CD-ROM standalone and networks (PC)<br />The Alphabet<br />Spelling Fusion<br />Issues in English 2<br />Connected Speech<br />Online network licenses<br />Issues in English 2<br />Connected Speech<br />Sunburst Media<br />authorized distributor<br />www.sunburstmedia.com<br />Computers (probably) won't ever replace teachers, but teachers who use computers will eventually replace those who don't. – Anonymous, TESLCA list<br />
  20. 20. Student progress report<br />
  21. 21. Administrator settings<br />Teacher can determine<br />To log in, what should a learner type?<br />Name o Learner ID o Both name & ID<br />Is a password required?<br />Yes o No <br />Are unregistered learners allowed to use the program<br />Yes o No <br />
  22. 22. Report options<br />Type of report<br />Select the title(s)<br />Add a filter to block some results, e.g., date<br />Only include exercises with n parameters<br />Show [all, 1st, last] attempt<br />Show every record?<br />
  23. 23. User statistics – Admin view<br />Software title<br />License expiration date<br />How many of licenses used<br />Number of uses per month<br />
  24. 24. User statistics – Admin view<br />From & To dates<br />How many times has each course been run?<br />How long has each course been used for? (Hours)<br />
  25. 25. View of individual user<br />Exercises completed<br />Average score<br />Average duration<br />Total time spent<br />User<br />Title<br />Attempts<br />Date range<br />Duration(min)<br />Starttime<br />Title<br />Course<br />Unit<br />Exercise<br />Score<br />
  26. 26. Contact<br />Marsha Chan and Terry Yang<br />Email: sales@sunburstmedia.com<br />Web: www.sunburstmedia.com<br />Skype: marshachan<br />Virginia Westwood<br />Email: info@proteatextware.com.au<br />Web: www.proteatextware.com<br />Skype: virginia.westwood<br />