Sound English® is an ideal resource for teachers and volunteer tutors of:
• adults newly arrived in Australia who are beginning to speak and read English
• adults and secondary school students who have difficulty with basic literacy
• adults and secondary school students who are students learning English as second language.
The fifty Sound English® books meet the need to provide adults who are new to Australian English with suitable reading material. Although there are many excellent resources available for children, there is a shortage of resources that:
• provide adults and teens with high quality, simple reading materials
• support learners as they learn the sounds used in Australian pronunciation
• present spelling choices in a carefully structured, easy-to-follow manner.
Each book includes detailed but simple tutor notes.
How is Sound English structured?
There are three levels:
Preliminary, Level 1 and Level 2.
Twenty books that introduce the remaining 21 sounds. These use more complex text designed to provide repeated exposure to sounds covered in earlier books.
For a humorous insight into why newcomers to English have difficulties, try reading aloud The Chaos.
Sound English® Software is an important enhancement to the Sound English® texts. It is based on the highly acclaimed approach used in Greygum Software’s software to accompany Fitzroy Talking Readers, Spinout Stories and the PM Story Books.
As each page is shown on the screen students can try reading it aloud, then listen to male and female voices model the correct pronunciation in an Australian accent. If a word is causing difficulty students can click on it to hear it spoken by a different voice.
An essential part of the software is a set of questions and activities for each of the books, along with facilities for students to write their own text for each page, then print it and make it into their own book. Level 1 packages also offer spelling exercises.
Packs of Preliminary Level, Level 1 Books 1-10 and Level 1 Books 11-20 are available for Windows and Mac computers. Available on the same CDROM for • Windows (Windows 98 and later, including Windows 8)
• Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and later.
Note: The software is not available for Level 2 books.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR MAC USERS
SOUND ENGLISH EDITIONS FOR MAC COMPUTERS (Not applicable to iPads, iPhones or other iOS devices, nor to computers running Windows.) Mac OS Compliance Please consider this information carefully before purchasing Sound English software if you intended to use it on Mac OS computers.
Apple have announced that they are phasing out 32-bit applications.
Sound English Software is written for use on 32-bit computers.
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Apple's schedule for phasing out 32-bit software is unclear. Existing 32-bit apps will continue to run on Mac OS High Sierra "without compromise", but how they will, or will not, run on subsequent releases of Mac OS is unknown. There are currently no plans to upgrade our Mac titles. If you are contemplating purchasing Sound English software for use on Mac computers, ensure you fully understand that future Mac OS versions will not permit Sound English Software to be used. Windows Compliance
All Sound English Software will run on Windows 10 64-bit without compromise.
We are not aware of any plans Microsoft has to change this situation.
Site licences and Lending Library editions are available to educational institutions and public libraries.