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Speech Works - Personal Version

This innovative program can help you modify or reduce your accent and improve your English pronunciation, intelligibility and communication skills. And, you can use it in the privacy of your own home or office.

The key to Speech Works' effectiveness is its listen-record-compare technique which makes full use of your computer's unique teaching capabilities.

  • First, listen to the model voice.
  • Then record your voice saying the same word, phrase, or sentence.
  • Finally, compare your effort to the model voice.

This immediate feedback enhances learning and is highly motivating - you'll actually hear yourself improve as you work through a lesson.


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Teacher's Version (for schools) is also available!

Speech Works consists of 24 Lesson Units. Each unit targets a different sound or speech pattern. There are a number of different types of exercises within each unit including:

  • Discriminating Sounds Exercises
  • Word Pair Drills
  • Sentence Exercises
  • Professional Vocabulary Drills
  • Workplace Practice
  • Extra Practice Section


Discriminating Sounds Exercises

The Discriminating Sounds Exercise is a tic-tac-toe game. In this exercise you practice listening to and recognizing the difference between the specific sounds studied in the unit lesson. You play the game by listening to pairs of words and deciding if they are the same or different. You try to win the game by getting three smiling faces in a row - up, across, or diagonally.

To start the game, click on one of the nine tiles showing question marks. Click the Play button to hear the model recording of two words. If they sound the same, click on the Same button. If they sound different, click on the Different button. A smiling face appears if you are correct. Choose more tiles until you win or lose the game. You can listen to each pair of recordings as many times as you want, and play the game as many times as you want.

After you can easily tell if the words are the same or different, go on to the Word Pairs exercise, where you will practice pronouncing the same sounds.


Word Pairs Drills

The five word pairs in this exercise sound the same except for the last sound. Click on an underlined word to hear the model recording. Click on a black arrow on the left to hear the model recording of the pair of words.

Hold the microphone in your hand and click on one of the black arrows to listen to the model recording of a pair of words. Next, click the microphone button on the audio palette and speak the pair of words into the microphone. The progress bar on the palette fills during the recording time. If you spoke after the progress bar had already filled, try recording again. Just click on the microphone button and speak into the microphone.

When you have finished recording, the Play Self (single person), Play Both (two person) buttons are active. The Save (disk icon) button is active if you have signed in on the Main Menu. Click on the Play Self button to hear your recording. Listen to the model voice with your recording by clicking on the Play Both button. If you want to record again, click on the microphone button to make a new recording.

Recording yourself and listening to your voice compared with the model voice is the key to success with Speech Works. That's all there is to it!


Sentence Exercises

The problem (i.e., key sound) in the sentence exercise here is the same as the word drill but this time the word is in a sentence. The key sound in each sentence is darkened (bold face type).

Click on the black arrow to hear the model recording of the sentence. Recording works the same as in the word pair exercise.

When you use the sentence exercises, work first on the problem sounds. After you can make the sounds in the sentence exercises, you may want to listen to the whole sentences carefully and practice their rhythms and pitches.


Professional Vocabulary Exercises

Once again, the problem is the same but this exercise is more difficult and uses a more professional vocabulary.

Click on an underlined word to hear the model recording of it or click on the black arrow to hear the model recording of the word in a phrase. Notice that the key sounds in the underlined words are darkened.


Workplace Practice Exercises

At the top of the screen is a common sentence you can memorize and use. It contains the same problem (i.e., sound) as in the previous exercises in the Unit. You can listen to the model recording by clicking on the arrow. The recording feature always works in the same way.

You are asked to think of one word that contains the problem sound and to try to use that word where you speak English. If you can't think of a word, there are some examples and there is always one word that everyone uses. Click on the arrow pointing to these words to play their model recordings.

That takes you through a typical series of Unit exercises.


Extra Practice

Extra Practice is an excellent place to review and practice all of the target sounds emphasized in a unit.

Clicking on one of the tabs displays a common word, sentence or technical word containing the target sound. Each time you click on the Next Common Word/Phrase/Sentence button, a different word, phrase or sentence is displayed with the target highlighted.

Clicking on the arrow plays the model recording and the Audio Palette operates identically as before, so you can record yourself and compare your pronunciations with the models.


Here are some of the many features of the Professional Version
  • Male and female Model Voices
  • Automatic Lesson Plans for 30 Foreign Languages and 14 English Dialects
  • On-Screen Multi-Media Help
  • Facial Close-Ups and X-Ray Tracings

If you have a question about an exercise, click on the Help (?, top right) button. The pop-up button in the Help dialog box offers different types of Help. For example, on this screen there is information on:

  • Pronouncing the 't' Sound
  • Cross Section: The 't' Sound diagram
  • Cross Section: Parts of the Mouth diagram
  • How to Use the Discriminating Sounds Drills.


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Price
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Speech Works Personal -- PC Version 4.0 N/A CD-ROM PC #8542 $95.00

Teacher's Edition (for schools) is also available!

System Requirements:
Windows 95 or later
Macintosh OS 7.0 or later
   


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