Learning from Talking Books

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: Dao Mai

I find that children of parents of a non-english speaking background always struggle for the first 3-4 years of schooling to compete with kids from english speaking homes. So I have experimented with a few things to assist my child to compete with the top English performers. I find that technology really helps.

I pick up lots of talking books, convert them into MP3 format and store on a pocket PC. The advantage of a pocket PC is that it is small and takes 1 second to turn on. The use of quality talking book read by professional English readers really improve kids' comprehension, listening skill and pronunciation.

Further more I buy a unit of bluetooth speakers so the pocket pc can wirelessly beam the sound to this unit. the quality of the sound is far better.

As I cannot give my own child the best English pronunciation, the use of technology and quality talking books really helps.

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Blythmclucas

Any suggestions for teaching a non English speaking adult without them feeling that the resources are set at a child's rather than adult level.

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Antonio Lembo

Speaking and listening activities

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