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Pronunciation in English

Pronunciation in English

Pronunciation in English multi-media program improves pronunciation skills for students and professionals at the intermediate level and above. It provides a unique focus on how to identify and use the most important elements of pronunciation. The instructions and the lectures are available in 10 different languages; Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Continental), Portuguese (Brazilian), and Spanish. Pronunciation in English is a winner of the Joey Awards of Excellence in the category of Interactive CD Training/Education.

Please note that Pronunciation in English is also available as a network option.

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About Pronunciation in English

Pronunciation in English has over 68 interactive lessons & practices that will help you improve your pronunciation skills in English. Using the program you should be able to quickly apply your new skills and be able to communicate more effectively in English.

The format of the series allows the busy professional student to work at his or her own speed to cover the more than 30 hours of instructional content.

There is also a network option for Pronunciation in English. It is available as a single location network installation.

Pronunciation in English CD-ROM may be the tool for you if...

  • ...people ask you to repeat yourself in conversations
  • ...people misunderstand you on the telephone
  • ...you find group presentations difficult

Pronunciation in English Features:

  • Video Presentations: to introduce the concepts.
  • Audio Lessons: to model the pronunciation.
  • Written Activities: to reinforce the practices.
  • Record and Playback: to encourage practice/self correction.
  • Workbook: printable versions of all lessons and practices.
  • Pre and Post assessment: audio files saved for comparison.

Pronunciation in English is ideal for several learning environments:

  • Language Lab Settings: individualized self/paced learning.
  • Self Study: at home or at work
  • Pronunication course: integrated for self-practice with instructor guidance.
  • Distance Learning: saved sound files can be submitted for review and feedback.

Translations into ten languages
Pronunciation in English has translations into ten languages. At the Table of Contents, users can choose to proceed in English only, or pair English with any of the ten languages. The instructions and all the lectures will be available in the chosen language. Languages available are: Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Continental), Portuguese (Brazilian), and Spanish.

Review

What do the professionals say about Pronunciation in English? Gema E. Klein, M.A. TESL, of the University of Tennessee English Department, thinks it is an effective tool the non-native English speaker can use to learn to sound more like a native speaker. Read her review below:

"Pronunciation of English" by Kathy L. Hans is an innovative, practical and learner engaging interactive program. This program makes pedagogically correct English pronunciation available to a great variety of ESL learners who might not otherwise have the time, or opportunity to develop the pronunciation skills they desire and need through traditional academic site pronunciation classes.

Teaching screens give clear, concise information with examples taken from everyday conversations and situations learners encounter. Indeed, one of the many strengths of the program is the multiple opportunities for learners to incorporate their own focus vocabulary and sentences into the practice exercises.

New skill areas are introduced by video segments with accompanying text for learners to read as they watch and listen. With a click on an arrow or a scroll up or down, they can repeat each lesson or application activity as needed. Thus, learners control the pace of their own learning. Moreover, lessons are sequenced to build on previously practiced skills, with application activities for each new skill.

In every component of the program there are continual opportunities for the student to listen to native speaker modeling and to repeat, record and listen to his own production. This readily accessible means of monitoring of his/her own speech aids not only the learner's pronunciation skills but also improves listening skills needed in interaction with native speakers. Learners not only learn how to pronounce English, they also learn how to listen and what to listen for.

Pronunciation of English is an effective tool the non-native English speaker can use to learn to sound more like a native speaker. Better communication in speech is a vital step to better understanding and cooperation, whether in the workplace, in school or in the community.

Kathy Lee Hans
Kathy Lee Hans, author of the TOEIC Pronunciation CD.

The Author

Kathy Lee Hans has over 15 years of hands-on experience teaching ESL for adults in the greater Silicon Valley area at the Adult School and Community College level. Chosen as a Mentor Teacher by the Hayward Unified School District, she has always demonstrated a keen desire to achieve the highest levels of results for her students. She has trained ESL teachers throughout California for the State Department of Education and authored "Teaching Pronunciation in Context", a training text with videotape for teachers and "Pronunciation in English", a CD-ROM interactive learning system.

Currently, Kathy offers teacher training through UCSC in addition to implementing creative workplace ESL instruction at innovative companies such as Apple Computer, Ascend Communications, 3COM, N.E.T. and Sun Microsystems. Kathy earned her degree in English with Honors at the University of California, Riverside.

Interview with the Author

In this interview, Kathy Lee Hans herself answers some questions about Pronunciation in English. Read what she has to say about the program below.

Q: What do you mean by the "music of English"?
English is stressed timed, which means that there's a regular beat to the language, just like there's a beat in a rock and roll song. This regular beat or stress falls on important words in the sentence and unimportant words don't get stressed. They get squeezed between the important ones to keep the rhythm. For example, in the sentence "The report is due on Friday," the words, "report," "due," and "Friday" are stressed. That means that the speaker says them louder, and holds them longer. The speaker also has higher pitch or intonation on the most important word in that phrase, "Friday," and the intonation drops after that word to show that he's finished with the thought. The little words, "the," "is," and "on" get squeezed between the stressed words.

If the speaker doesn't use stress, intonation, and rhythm in English, there is no music behind the language and the listener won't get cues about what words are important and when the thought is finished. If the speaker makes a stress mistake within a word, the listener may not be able to understand the word, even if all the individual sounds are pronounced correctly. For example, if the speaker says , "TRANscend " instead of "tranSCEND," the listener may hear the word "TRANsit." Many other languages do not have differences in stress, so these stress differences have to be learned and practiced.

Q: Why is stress, intonation and rhythm so important?
There's research that indicates that people organize English by stress patterns in their brains to process the sounds they hear. That means that the correct stress, on the right syllable and the important word is essential to comprehension. If the stress, intonation and rhythm is "off" the listener may not understand the word or phrase or will spend a second trying to figure it out and miss the rest of your sentence.

Q: Who is this CD designed for?
This CD-ROM is designed for students and working professionals who speak English as a second or a foreign language. Individuals at a low intermediate level and above will benefit most from the program.

Q: What is special or different about this pronunciation program?
There are a couple of things. First it is designed to guide people in applying the skills they learn in the program. Most programs present a skill and have practice exercises for that skill. This program goes further by helping to guide the learner to apply the skill to work situations in very specific ways. This program also includes a special section devoted to 'fossilized stress.' Some learners may have been saying words incorrectly for many years. This program gives very specific steps to help correct these fossilized errors.

Q: Why don't you spend more time on individual sounds?
It's very difficult for adults to change their pronunciation of individual sounds, like "l" or "r." It takes a good deal of time and practice and it does not always make a big difference in terms of comprehension. Correct stress, intonation, and rhythm in English are more critical to comprehension. It is more effective to focus on these aspects.

The Clients

Used at international companies such as IBM, Deloitte, & Cisco and adopted by
hundreds of schools & colleges:
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Centro Universitario La Salle, Brazil
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Long Beach City College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Malmö University, Sweden
  • MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Mission College - Workplace Learning Resource Center
  • Monterey Institute for International Studies
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey
  • Pasadena City College
  • Ohlone College
  • Santa Monica City College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • San Francisco City College
  • San Jose City College
  • San Jose State University - Studies in American Language
  • Suffolk County Community College
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A & M
  • University of California, Santa Cruz - Extension
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore County
  • University of South Carolina
  • Wheaton College

What the Clients Say

"The best program, in any skill, I've seen."
Nancy Hilty, South Seattle Community College

"This CD-ROM has helped me improve my pronunciation. I think it is much better than only a book or a tape. I can listen, read and record from the CD-ROM, and I can hear any word at any time."
Doris Wong, Software Build Engineer, 3COM

"This course has definitely given me the ability to recognize my pronunciation defects when I interact with my colleagues at work. What I have learned in this class is a step by step method to achieve my goal of speaking English like a native speaker. The ´science´ behind it was made much clearer. It is a superb multimedia software with a good flow of the subject. I would recommend all non-native speakers to undertake this course and feel the difference for yourself."
Sunil Chitnis, Software Engineer

"The audio guide for intonation and stress is very helpful, I especially like the Intonation and Rhythm chapters on the CD-ROM. I would absolutely recommend this to my friends."
PhiDien Nguyen, Software Engineer

System Requirements

  • Intel Pentium processor at 100MHz or faster
  • Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4/2000/XP/; 32MB of RAM
  • 800x600 resolution at 16-bit (thousands) of colors
  • 4x CD-ROM drive or faster
  • High quality microphone and speakers
  • 15MB available disk space.

Pricing

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Network Option

There is also a network option for Pronunciation in English. It is available as a single location network installation. The minimum number of site licenses you can purchase is five.

Pronunciation in English Network Option
$30 annual fee per workstation (first year)
$20 annual fee per workstation. (second year on)

To purchase any number of Pronunciation in English licenses, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


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