Author: Elaine Kirn-Rubin
Suitable for: 5-8, Secondary, Young Adult, Adult
What It Is: audio (oral reading) of all exercise and activity material in Basic Everyday Spelling Workbook that requires speech--so that text users can connect it to spelling. Audio is vital to some material, such as the stories that cannot be completed without it.
Why You Need It: Even if text-users could "figure out from context" which letters and words fit in the blanks of items, sentences, and paragraphs, in many cases they'd be missing the point of correlating sounds with letters in fluent speech. Also, the text is intended to improve pronunciation (reading aloud) as well as spelling, so clear (native-speaker) models will prove valuable--especially when teachers/tutors are unavailable or for independent learning.
What It Does:
provides audio for all material marked with a "hearing symbol"
makes it feasible to learn from the text independently in a variety of situations: in learning labs, learning groups without native-speakers, at home or on the road, etc.