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Phonics Alive! 2, The Sound Blender

Ages 6 to 11 Australian Dual WIN/MAC CD

$49.95 - home version

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Phonics Alive! 2 - The Sound Blender - Reading software

Phonics Alive! 2 builds essential reading skills & phonological knowledge of blending sounds.

If you would like to teach a young child to read, are learning English as a Second Language or have an older student with reading difficulties, this program is highly recommended.

This program is being widely used around Australia in Primary schools and Intensive English Centers and in Secondary schools for remedial literacy with older students.


Phonics Alive! 2 The Sound Blender allows students to learn and to practice within an interactive, fun environment and most importantly, to do so each at their own pace.


Phonics Alive! 2, the Sound Blender has been reviewed by
Linda Bruce - Australian PC User magazine

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to read more.

The Sound Blender introduces and consolidates advanced decoding skills to assist students to recognize and decode previously unknown words.

Interactive Lessons

There are twelve self paced, interactive modules, each containing lessons to teach students, followed by interactive exercises and rhyming, blending & keyboard activities in the following areas:

  1. General Introduction to Consonant/Vowel/Consonant sounds
  2. Introduction of Consonant/Consonant/Vowel/Consonant words and sounds
  3. Introduction of Consonant/Vowel/Consonant/Consonant words and sounds
  4. Blending of 5 or 6 letter words
  5. Blending of words with "SS", "LL" and "CK"
  6. Blending of words with "CH", "SH" and "TH"
  7. Blending words with long vowel sounds
  8. Blending words with long vowel sounds "A" & "E"
  9. Blending words with long vowel sounds "O" & "U"
  10. Blending words with "OI", "OY", "AR" & "ALL"
  11. Blending words with "OU/OW", "IR"/"ER"/"UR", "IGH/IE"
  12. Blending words with "OR/ORE", "AW/AU", "PH", "KN", "WR"
All forms of digraphs, diphthongs, silent letters & suffixes are explored and explained.

Australian MadeFeatures

All progress can be recorded & results may be printed.

Once students have completed a module they may print a certificate at the end of that module. The certificate displays a percentage mark calculated on the number of times that the student chose the correct response on the first attempt.

Easy navigation and quick access to main menu at startup.

A computer voice-over has been designed to guide students through the program. Students do not require prior reading skills to use this program, so it is most suitable to develop English as a Second Language.

Option for parent/teacher to see on screen, all tasks included in the complete program.

Option to adjust speed settings.

Extra resources with School Versions include:

A 134 page teaching guide with lowercase keyboard stickers, game cards and blackline masters based on each of the 12 modules on the CD, are included with School Versions, Lab Packs and Site Licences. A wonderful resource for all teachers.

Lowercase keyboard stickers are included to help young students and ESL students easily navigate their computer keyboard. Extra packs are available [More information]


System Requirements:

Pentium 133MHz or faster IBM-compatible PC with SVGA display, 32 Mb RAM, 4 x CD-ROM player with 16 bit Sound Blaster compatible sound card, running Windows 95 or later. Display set to thousands of colours.
Macintosh Power PC running System 8.6 to 9.x, with 64 Mb Ram, a 14" monitor displaying thousands of colours, (16 bit) and a 4 x CD-ROM player.
*2 MacOS X Classic environment is currently used to run the programs.


School Orders & Prices

Australian schools may purchase on 14 day account.
Email your school order directly to: order@englishsoftware.com.au
order on-line here.

International schools are required to prepay by credit card.
Download order form and return to: order@englishsoftware.com.au
Or order on-line here.

If required, see more ordering information here. Thank you.

 Type    $AUS
School Version   $110.00

Includes 1 WIN/MAC CD with teachers' resources: A 134 page teacher's manual filled with activities and blackline masters.

All Network Licence and School Versions include a Teacher's Guide and the full program.

Site Licences

10 user network
15 user network
20 user network
50 user network
Unlimited network


Licences include 1 CD for the network and teacher's resources. Guaranteed to network!

  Extra Teachers' Resources $60.00 each - Binder with Blackline Masters and lesson plans etc. and 1 keyboard stickers.

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ABN: 55 866 403 094
35 Earl Street, Beacon Hill NSW 2100 Australia

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Phone: 02 9453 9266
Email: info@englishsoftware.com.au

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