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have watched a young middle-eastern woman who has never been to
school, teach herself the strange shapes, sounds and names of
the Roman alphabet... and all of this using a computer!"
Pam McKean, Vatime Newsletter
"The Alphabet is suitable for readers
at the very early stages of the reading continuum. Each unit combines
newly learned skills with one new component, making the progress
gradual and manageable for new learners."
Lucy Scanlon, Metro Toronto Association for Community Living.
program offers learners an excellent means of learning the alphabet
at their own pace. Highly recommended." Karen Bryant,
Alphabet - More information]
"This is a very practical way for
students to broaden their vocabulary and improve their spelling.
It is extremely easy to use, as are all the Australian Protea
CDs! Words are divided into categories and subcategories. The
item highlighted from list is highlighted and the spelling displayed.
The word is placed in context within a sentence. The word can
be analysed in terms of the number of syllables it contains. Students
can test themselves on their spelling and get immediate feedback."
Iris Nastaski, ESL Teacher, Casimir College, Sydney
" a clear, instructionally valid,
entertaining learning tool." Teresa De Fazio, On-Call
"The Interactive Picture Dictionary
makes good use of sound and photos and is simple to operate."
Anne Glover, Your Computer
"Fantastic graphics, easily identified
by learners of all ages. Excellent, top of the rating for use-friendliness."
Angela Culshaw-Kaisa, Literacy Works, New Zealand
"The graphic interface makes navigation
easy and verbal and visual clues will assist the students when
using the dictionary." Barbara Combes, Education Department
Picture Dictionary - More information]
Issues in English
"The layout of this CD is excellent.
Students can easily navigate the
activities. The activities become increasingly challenging as
students progress through four levels. The
dictation is particularly challenging, but well worthwhile as
students can print their final piece of text.
As I work with new arrivals, this may be the only piece of writing
they complete that day and they feel satisfaction that it is a
perfect text. Activities are centered
around issues that relate to several KLAs and therefore have added
For teachers who have little experience using CD ROMs, this CD
virtually installs itself and the students need very little direction
on how to use it."
Iris Nastaski, ESL Teacher, Casimir College, Sydney
" ... Self-paced learning that is
supportive and stress free."
Angela Culshaw-Kaisa, Literacy Works, New Zealand
"The content of Issues in English
is informative, Stimulating and current. .. lends itself easily
to pair work and independent study, is user friendly and relevant
to adult issues."
"Genre and functional grammar are
encompassed using a theme based approach, while traditional grammar
is used within specific exercises. The thematic continuity serves
as a meaningful context that links activities."
Kathy Cox and Ian Brown, EA. Journal
[Issued in English
- More information]
Phonics Alive! 1
Alive! is a must for every Australian Primary School."
Anne Glover, Education Writer, Your Computer Magazine
"It's always a pleasure
to come across a program which simply does what it's meant to
do, with a minimum of fuss and bother. Phonics Alive! sets out
to to teach an awareness of phonics and succeeds admirably"
Les Pobjie, computer software reviewer, Computer Bytes
"Wonderful! I based
all my phonics program on Phonics Alive! and I'm excited to get
the next version." Elizabeth Littlewood, Whitsunday Anglican
School, Early Education Centre, QLD
"Very impressed with
the treatment of sounds, the graphics and especially the type
Sandy Rogers, Mullaley Primary School, NSW
Alive! 1 - More information]
Phonics Alive! 2
The Sound Blender
Alive! 1 teaches the sounds of letters in the alphabet as beginning,
medial and ending sounds. Now its fine sequel, Phonics Alive!
2 The Sound Blender, presents sound blends essential for students
to confidently decode unknown words and helps them to spell correctly.
Through finely structured and amusing activities, the Sound Blender
teaches (yes really!) digraphs, diphthongs, silent letters and
suffixes, for example "ch, sh, een, kn, ar, aw, au ith, wr and
At school, while teachers teach class
groups, individual students can work at their own pace through
12 sequenced modules, each taking approximately 15 minutes to
complete. Each module contains an introduction, rhyming exercises,
blending exercises and a keyboard exercise while stickers in lower
case letters help familiarise younger students with the keyboard.
Both Phonics Alive! 1 and the Sound Blender
are unusual in that they can be profitably used by any student
who needs help with phonetic spelling, and who finds it difficult
to figure out new words. It's also great for ESL students. Both
programs track student's progress so that in the classroom, you
can cycle students through the activity, and check later to see
which blends individuals and the group have mastered, and which
you may need to teach the class as a group next.
Every primary school class and teacher would benefit from having
Reviewed by Linda Bruce,
Australian PC User - February 1998
Alive!2, The Sound Blender - More information]
Phonics Alive! 3
is a saying "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man how to fish, and he can feed himself for a lifetime."
I believe that the same is true for spelling.
A good speller has mastered many words, but a truly good speller
has learnt much more than the correct spelling of a specific word
list. A good speller knows the spelling rules and knows when to
use them. A good speller knows how to spell.
A good speller knows: · how to
use the alphabet · how to apply the spelling rules · how to predict
spelling rule exceptions · how to apply this knowledge to spell
Learning how to spell goes hand-in-hand
with knowing why the spelling of a specific word follows a certain
A truly good speller knows: ·
why the plurals for tomatoes and ponchos follow different rules
· why some root words double their final consonant when adding
a suffix (e.g. forget/forgetting) but why only some suffixes have
this effect (forget/forgetful) · why some root words drop their
silent 'e' when adding a suffix (e.g. hope/hoping) but why only
some suffixes have this effect (hope/hopeful) · why some root
words are never effected by the addition of a suffix (sulk/sulking;
soak/soaking) · why there appears so many rule exceptions (e.g.
good spellers know why not to use a rule such as the "i before
e except after c" rule to spell vacancies)
believe too, that learning to spell should be fun and adhere to
the proven learning theory that learners should "see it, hear
it and do it!"
Learning is a lifetime matter. We are
never too old to learn. Phonics Alive! 3 -The Speller is a fun-filled
interactive computer program that will enhance the spelling skills
of any learner, aged between 8 and 108!
Judith Hall M.A. (Hons), M.Ed.
(Hons), B.Ed.,Grad.Dip.Ed.Stud.(Spec. Ed.), Dip.Teach.
Alive! 3, The Speller - More information]
other products, EyeSpeak has provided me with an excellent means
of improving my pronunciation. It has a world leading visual feedback
system to ensure that I can see what I have done incorrectly.
This system also provides personalized advice as to how to improve
my pronunciation. EyeSpeak has unlimited training time, and is
customized to my personal needs. I thoroughly recommend EyeSpeak
to any non-English speakers who want to either communicate with
friends and their loved ones or progress in the business world
of today, Enjoy your EyeSpeak!" - Sammy Wong, Vice President
"ELC has been using the EyeSpeak pronunciation
software with great success since 2003. Our students feel comfortable
using technology such as PCs and demand increasing personalization
in their learning experience to maximize their return on investment.
They enjoy using EyeSpeak finding it intuitive and easy to use
while enabling them to choose the content and pace of their learning.
They like the challenge of being able to compare their own pronunciation
with that of a native English speaker and work toward matching
the pronunciation. In an educational environment that continually
seeks better and more efficient ways of communicating to the learner,
EyeSpeak is a valuable and relevant resource." - Director,
English Language College
English - More information]
Aboriginal students are learning how to learn with Saltwater Crocodiles
from SpinOut Stories. Because
they live in crocodile country in Northern Territory and swim
in the sea and places where crocodiles may be found, this story
is very relevant to them.
In the past, it has been difficult to gain
their attention and interest to learn how to read. However with
SpinOut Stories they have been very enthusiastic, staying back
at school until 6 o'clock playing the extra learning puzzles and
reconstruction sentences relating to saltwater crocodiles and
reptiles. They are doing it over and over! They are also beginning
to read the text aloud with the computer.
Reference words like 'the', 'a' or 'an' are
not generally used in Australian languages in the way they are
used in English. In the jigsaw puzzle in SpinOut Stories, the
sentences have to be reconstructed in the correct word order and
these reference words must be found for their correct places.
Out students' attention is being drawn to this as they really
enjoy this puzzle feature.
I highly recommend SpinOut Stories to other
teachers to encourage Indigenous students to read and develop
Gawa Christian School, Northern Territory, Australia
Stories - More information]
here to go to a comprehensive
teacher's review of SpinOut
Stories Blue Pack
SuperSpell, A Day at
use the SuperSpell programs in our Language Development Centre
and with other special needs students.
The content is developmental, the children's progress is measurable
and the students enjoy using the programs. As an educational tool
it is hard to beat, as it covers all bases.
Some comments from the 3rd and 4th grade children:
" You get prizes from the shops and some of them are really
funny; I like the diving game."
Some comments from teachers:
"The kids love it; It can be integrated into the daily spelling
Good choice of games; Offers the children a chance to learn by
rote and in a sentence context;
Words increase in difficulty and are grouped together in lists
according to rule;
Children at our centre have specific language impairments which
often make spelling a very difficult thing. This has a negative
effect of their confidence to attempt spelling. The very motivating
and easy-to-use nature of the activities in SuperSpell increases
Andrew Horn, Balcatta Primary School, Balcatta. W.A.
A Day at the Beach - More information]