British Council Launches Learn English Pronunciation App for iPads

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Teachers and learners of English have now got a new tool to help master the sounds of the English language thanks to the British Council’s latest iPad pronunciation app. Sounds Right is an interactive Learn English pronunciation chart with sounds grouped by vowels, consonants and diphthongs complete with examples of each in use. It is available to download from the iTunes store today for free.

Learn English ipad app for pronunciation

A new ipad app to help English learners improve their pronunciation.

Sounds Right is an interactive Learn English pronunciation chart with sounds grouped by vowels, consonants and diphthongs

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Teachers and learners of English have now got a new tool to help master the sounds of the English language thanks to the British Council’s latest iPad pronunciation app. Sounds Right is an interactive learn english pronunciation chart with sounds grouped by vowels, consonants and diphthongs complete with examples of each in use. It is available to download from the iTunes store today for free.

Sounds Right was originally created for interactive whiteboards and has recently been released for use on handheld learning devices.

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 over 100 countries but we were unable to give it to learners to help with practicing pronunciation outside of the classroom. However, the great news now is that the iPad and other handheld learning devices are enabling us to make our Learn English materials accessible to everyone.”

Sounds Right, which was profiled in the iTunes store’s new and noteworthy section, is the latest in a number of free Learn English apps the British Council has developed for handheld learning devices. For more information visit the British Council’s site for English learners.

Notes to editors

  •     Screenshots from Sounds Right are available via the Learn English Flickr stream.
  •     For more information or to arrange an interview with Mark Hamilton contact amelia(dot)austin(at)britishcouncil(dot)org(dot)sg or telephone +65 8472 7160 (Singapore is GMT+8).
  •     Learn English is the British Council’s website for adult learners of English. More than 1.5 million learners and teachers from over 100 different countries visit the British Council’s English resources websites every month. Each site has interactive features such as user comments, discussion forums, content ratings and polls and media-rich materials including podcasts, flash games and video.
  •     The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, English, science, sport and governance and last year we engaged face to face with 18.4 million people and reached 652 million. We are a non-political organisation which operates at arm’s length from government. Our total turnover in 2009/10 was £705 million, of which our grant-in-aid from the British government was £211 million. For every £1 of government grant we receive, we earn £2.50 from other sources. For more information, please visit: http://www.britishcouncil.org.

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