(MENAFN Press) Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 November 2010: Learners of the English language now have a new digital tool to help them improve their English pronunciation, thanks to the launch of a British Council Learn English pronunciation application (app) - Sounds Right - for iPads.
Sounds Right is an interactive pronunciation chart that was developed by the British Council. It groups sounds by vowels, consonants and dipthongs and has examples of each in use. The pronunciation app is available free from iTunes and was profiled in the iTunes stores new and noteworthy section.
This English pronunciation chart was originally created for interactive whiteboards for English courses held at British Council Teaching Centres. It is the latest in a series of free Learn English apps the British Council has developed for handheld learning devices.
The Sounds Right pronunciation app joins a growing number of free online resources the British Council is developing for teachers and those learning English under its Learn English range of products. Globally more than 650,000 learners visit the British Councils Learn English website each month. Other products in the Learn English range include:
Vocabulary and English grammar games, podcasts, videos and discussion forum to practise and learn English online through the Learn English website (http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en)
The British Councils free online English language club, Go4English, which now has 18,000 fans across the Arabic speaking world on its facebook site http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/London-United-Kingdom/Go4English/392784687353
Applications for English language learners and teachers on Android supported phones, iPhone and iPod Touch
Classroom teaching materials and professional development resources for teachers through the British Councils TeachEnglish website (http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk)
Mark Hamilton, Research and Development Consultant at the British Council said:
About six years ago I developed an interactive Learn English pronunciation chart to enable teachers in class to model the sounds of the English language and help learners with their pronunciation. During this time the application has been used in British Council teaching centres in more than 100 countries.
Nic Humphries, British Council Director for English in the Middle East and North Africa added:
These digital products demonstrate how the British Council is making its global expertise in teaching the English language available free to a wider audience.
The Arabic speaking world is experiencing phenomenal growth in the use of digital media and social networking. This new English pronunciation app and our Learn English range of products show how we are harnessing the growing popularity of digital media to complement classroom teaching. It gives students and teachers additional support for effective language learning.