Tick-Tack & Pen-Friend go multi-media

New high-quality speech facility

The latest version of the Tick-Tack Windows program provides a fully-operational speech facility enabling students to listen to the sound of individual sentences through loud-speakers or headphones while reading the text on the screen. They can then record their own attempts at pronunciation. This opens up wonderful opportunities both for class-room work and for private study.

A full set of sound files is already available on CD-Rom for a number of the Tick-Tack programs in English, French and German. Spanish will be ready shortly. Italian, Russian and other languages will follow.

Having selected the sentence in the usual way by scrolling through the database and clicking with the mouse (or typing its codenumber in the Call-up bar), the user clicks on the item Sound on the Menu bar. This provides a number of options, including:

- Play Destination language Play

- Source language

Using the new program, students can listen to the sentence selected, either before or after displaying the text on the screen - or indeed without displaying it at all.

Having practised both their listening and pronunciation skills, students then have to edit the text using the program's multilingual word-processing facilities in order to practise grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation, and improve their creative writing skills.

The speech facility is the latest addition to our Tick-Tack-95 program, which runs equally well under Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.

Record your own sentences

Teachers with access to a microphone can record their own additional sentences. Recordings can be made by different people, at varying speeds, to give practice with regional accents and voices from different backgrounds.

Telephone practice

To coincide with the introduction of the speech facility a new program has been added to the range. It is called Tick-Tack on the Telephone. It works like the other Tick-Tack programs

This program offers a choice of 120 key sentences that you need to have at your finger-tips when using the telephone. It is already available in English, French and German. Other languages including Spanish, Italian and Russian are in course of preparation.

Example 1

Choose sentence C1. You can decide whether to:

- listen to it in French

- as many times as you like

- listen to it in English - listen to it in German (if you have this version)

- display it on the screen - in any of the languages

If you have a microphone, you can record your own attempt at pronunciation and play it back, saving it if you wish.

Example 2

Select sentence C2 but don't display the text on the screen

- listen to it in French, if necessary several times

- type the text in French as best you can

- display the text to see how accurately you have reproduced what you heard

- record your own attempt at pronouncing it, then listen to your recording

Example 3

An even more challenging task is to do the same but to listen to the sentence in the mother tongue (e.g. in English) and then type a translation in the target language (e.g. French) and record it yourself before displaying the sentence in French and listening to the original recording in French.

Example 4 Answering questions

The teacher chooses a sentence which is in the form of a question requiring a detailed answer, such as:

(D36 Business) Are you prepared to hold these prices firm till the end of the year?

(S20 Travel) Can you send us a map indicating where the camp-sites are located?

(N19 Everyday) Where are you going for your holidays this year?

The students are simply given the codenumber to type in the Call-up bar - but without displaying the text on the screen. They then listen to the question in the target language and have to type their answer on the screen, in the target language, using complete sentences.

David Sephton

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