Pronunciation Power comes in packages for two levels:
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Pronunciation Power is a great CD-ROM tool for both Windows and Macintosh
that teaches proper pronunciation of all 52 American English sounds. This
program is designed by ESL language professionals and is very thorough. It
even reinforces the learning through interactive drills and many helpful exercises.
Plus, it has QuickTime movies to illustrate proper tongue and lip position.
This program is highly recommended for any ESL language lab or home use.
Many ESL students complain that the hardest part about learning English
is pronunciation. Most students of English spend hundreds of hours learning
grammar and vocabulary but cannot be understood when the time comes to communicate
with real Americans. In America, as in other cultures, poor pronunciation
can be confused with ignorance and will often result in less than desired
results in business and social situations. Don't be a victim of bad pronunciation!
Pronunciation Power teaches you all 52 American English sounds and
gives you multiple drills on each one! It's really like having a personal
tutor on a CD-ROM!
Pronunciation Power comes in packages for two levels: Pronunciation Power
1 is aimed at those at an intermediate to beginning level, and comes with
the 8-in-1 English Dictionary at no additional cost. Pronunciation
Power 2 is for those at an intermediate to advanced level.
8-in-1 English Dictionary (in Pronunciation Power 1 only)
This dictionary will help you improve your pronunciation, reading comprehension,
vocabulary and spelling abilities. Its many features include translations
in 12 different languages, 1700 pictures and graphics to help you learn, listening
to and recording over 7000 words including plurals of the nouns and forms
of the verbs, and 10 different ways to search for words.
Choose one of 52 sounds simply by clicking on it with the mouse. Hear any
of the 52 sounds pronounced by the instructor. Students will easily navigate
through the speech analysis lessons and exercises.
Listen to the instructor pronounce the sound and view the instructor's waveform.
Record your own pronunciation of the sound. Compare the sound and wave form
of your voice to that of the native speaker. It's fun and easy!
Lessons with video for all 52 sounds
Listen to the native speaker pronounce each of the 52 sounds you need to pronounce
American English perfectly. Then repeat the sounds you hear into the optional
microphone. The program records your voice and plays it back to you. While
you do this, the computer displays in QuickTime video the proper mouth position
for each sound with both front and side views.
Choose from four exercises to help you practice the sound you have chosen.
The exercises feature proven methods to help the student learn. The lessons
are repeatable and will challenge even the advanced learner.
Lots of Audio
Includes 15 sample words per sound and 20 comparative words per sound. Listen
to the instructor pronounce the sample and comparative words. Record your
own voice and play it back. Then you can compare it to the instructor on the
CD-ROM. This is how you carefully learn proper pronunciation.
This video demo requires that you have Macromedia Shockwave Player installed on your computer. If you do not have Macromedia Shockwave Player installed, please go to the Macromedia web site to download Shockwave Player for FREE.
Pronuncation Power 2 Screenshot;
Learn how sounds are formed.
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Pronuncation Power 1 Screenshot;
Practice speaking and reading skills.
Pronuncation Power 1 Screenshot;
Learn how to pronounce a sound correctly
"Pronunciation Power is the only pronunciation software in our Macintosh
based language labs at this time. The interface is intuitive enough to follow
without reference to any manual or other instructions; a prerequisite for
programs in our labs. Simple access to playing native models, recording student
production, and comparing the two make this program an effective tool for
learning instead of an obstacle, as more complicated programs sometimes prove
to be. The variety of minimal pair discrimination exercises for all 52 phonemes
presented provides plenty of instruction, practice, and reinforcement for
students looking to improve their listening comprehension and pronunciation."
John de Szendeffy
Multimedia Language Lab
Center for English Learning and Orientation Programs
"I would like to congratulate you and your design team; Pronunciation
Power is an excellent teaching tool. It is also the program of choice by most
of our students in our English Language Institute because of its ease of use,
logical sequencing, variety and overall capacity of the program.
We look forward to receiving your future products and ongoing updates."
William B. Stewart
President and CEO
The YMCA of Greater Vancouver
"Pronunciation Power is truly one of the best and most powerful pieces
of software for students to improve their pronunciation of the English language.
Compatible for both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems, students
can spend hours improving their pronunciation as well as listening skills.
And, most importantly, it's very interactive and easy to use! I can highly
recommend this excellent product."
California State University, Northridge
Dave's ESL Cafe (http://www.eslcafe.com/)
Pronunciation Power gives the user a wonderfully exciting experience to learn
on one's own.
Manager Language Training Section
Proctor and Gamble Corporate Training Group, China
"Pronunciation Power has built in steps to developing fluency, beginning
with listening exercises which concentrate on receptive skills and building
up to recording pronunciation exercises. Students can hear the sound replayed
as often as necessary, and record their voices for comparison. A visual representation
of the sound aids pronunciation. A variety of activities reinforce the target
sounds. Instructors can listen to the recordings and provide feedback. Higher
level students can cope well with the written descriptions of sounds. The
sound analysis feature is unique and could benefit students at all points
on the CLB spectrum. Rating: Excellent."
National ESL Software Inventory
ESL/LINC Software Database Project
Ottawa Board of Education
"Pronunciation Power is an excellent tool for students to learn the
correct pronunciation of sounds as they are used in the English language.
My students are extremely pleased with its easy to use and effective design.
This software stands out as the best in its class and nothing compares in
its price range. It is affordable, comprehensive and gives hours upon hours
of solid practice. this products stands alone with its numerous lessons, exercises
and visual feedback. the speech analysis lets learners see where they're going
wrong, even if they can't hear it. Pronunciation Power is an outstanding piece
of educational software, I'd recommend it for any second language learner."
Michael J. Galli
ESL Program Consultant & Instructor
Metropolitan Separate School Board
PCs: 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; speakers; 5MB available
MacOS Compatible Computers: Power PC at 100MHz or faster, System
7.5.3 or later; 20MB of available RAM; 800x600 resolution at 16-bit (thousands)
of colors; 4x CD-ROM drive or faster; high quality microphone; speakers; 5MB
available disk space.
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