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Whether your students are starting to learn English and need to know how to shop for food or they are advanced students trying to improve their TOEFL score, ELLIS should be part of your ESL solution. ELLIS offers as much to the ESL instructor as it does to the learner. ELLIS provides a complete classroom support system, including an Instructor Guide, Learner Workbook and Technical Manual. On-line mastery tests and an integrated record keeper track student progress, so teachers can concentrate on individual needs. Here's what ESL instructors are saying about ELLIS: "Students' TOEFL marks and their attitude and motivation toward learning have improved since we implemented ELLIS. We have also seen a rise in teacher motivation." "Of the five products that I have seen on the market today, ELLIS is not only the most stunning visually, it is also the most solid pedagogically." "ELLIS is a dream come true. It provides endless practice that frees my time to do more individualized work with the students." Since its 1993 release, CALI's ELLIS has established itself as the premiere multimedia software for learners of English as a second and foreign language. Reviews of ELLIS in magazines such as Technology and Learning and Multimedia Today say "ELLIS is vast and sophisticated." and " Its flexibility, excellent use of multimedia, and sheer volume make it a smart investment for the technology-equipped classroom."

There are five products that form the ELLIS Suite offering a complete line of ESL products for any ESL learner, including yours. The products are:

Intro, Middle Mastery, Senior Mastery, Master Pronunciation and Placement test.

 

ELLIS Intro

ELLIS Intro concentrates on young adult and adult basic English skills for beginners and provides a virtual language environment with the most impressive features of any ESL program. With the use of video, graphics and audio, very little reading is required by the user. Intro teaches basic English communication and life skills to beginning ESL/EFL learners at all educational levels, including those who are non-literate. Learners observe Bill and Olivia, their family and friends using natural English in authentic situations. Intro's eight themes and 35 lessons cover basic life skills, including shopping, banking, looking for work, obtaining medical care, and various social situations. Instructional objectives emphasize vocabulary development, use of meaningful language in real-life situations, and understanding Canadian culture. Assisting in the development of sentence structure and clear pronunciation are also learning objectives of ELLIS Intro. uses full-motion video to depict authentic events and situations lets learners choose the amount of video they work with in each lesson utilizes point-and-click menus, ensuring ease-of-use for all learners allows learners to self-pace their instruction includes competency-based testing of lesson objectives incorporates an on-line picture dictionary teaches pronunciation activities in context of dialog from the video provides more carefully-enunciated audio playback gives learners many opportunities to record, playback and compare their voices includes practice activities and exercises with summary activities which require students to synthesize and apply the skills they've learned includes on-line help in English and foreign languages allows learners and instructors to track individual progress includes learner workbook and instructor guide contains more than 400 hours of instruction.

 

ELLIS Middle Mastery

Ideal for intermediate students from middle school through higher education, plus business, adult literacy and vocational programs, ELLIS Middle Mastery teaches intermediate communication skills. ELLIS Middle Mastery combines motion video with text, still images, graphics, audio, and recording features in one system. Middle Mastery contains 5 themes with 20 lessons, covering topics such as shopping for food, cooking at home, engaging in small talk and other common social situations. Instructional objectives emphasize use of authentic language in real-life situations, vocabulary development, grammar functions, Canadian culture and development of clear pronunciation. uses full-motion video to depict authentic events and situations provides age-specific content contains branching to more than 70 possible paths and outcomes utilizes point-and-click menus, ensuring ease-of-use for all learners provides more carefully-enunciated audio playback gives learners hundreds of opportunities to record, playback and compare their voices involves the learner directly through interactive role play activities increases listening comprehension with aural activities illustrates grammar usage in a variety of formats, including the interactive Grammar Tutor includes three levels of practice items which require students to synthesize and apply ! knowledge allows learners to self-pace their instruction optional on-line foreign language translation includes pre-tests and post-tests for each lesson allows learners and instructors to track individual progress includes learner workbook and instructor guide contains more than 200 hours of instruction.

ELLIS Senior Mastery

The flagship of the ELLIS product line is recognized worldwide as the premier ESL program for higher education. ELLIS Senior Mastery is designed to meet the needs of learners intermediate to advanced English programs and is ideal for those who are preparing to register for college courses or take the TOEFL exam. Senior Mastery contains 12 themes and 47 lessons, such as registering for classes, planning a budget, job hunting, and other common social situations. Instructional objectives emphasize the following ESL skills: grammar functions, vocabulary and colloquial expressions and understanding Canadian cultural practices. Senior Mastery also assists in the development or reinforcement of clear pronunciation and listening comprehension. uses full-motion video to depict authentic events and situations contains branching to more than 70 possible paths and outcomes utilizes point-and-click menus, ensuring ease-of-use for all learners provides more carefully-enunciated audio playback gives learners hundreds of opportunities to record, playback and compare their voices involves the learner directly through interactive role play activities increases listening comprehension with aural activities illustrates advanced-level grammar functions in the interactive Grammar Guide includes three levels of practice items which require students to synthesize and apply knowledge allows learners to self-pace their instruction optional on-line foreign language translation includes pre-tests and post-tests for each lesson allows learners and instructors to track individual progress includes learner workbook and instructor guide contains more than 350 hours of instruction.

ELLIS Master Pronunciation 

ELLIS Master Pronunciation is a powerful tool to help learners improve their accents and listening comprehension. Pronunciation displays sounds pronounced by male and female models, with animated sequences showing articulation points of the tongue, teeth and lips for each phoneme. Learners can record themselves pronouncing these sounds and words at their own pace. Minimal Pairs activities can be chosen for language-specific or individual needs. 2,500 minimal pairs provide an almost unlimited source for auditory-discrimination practice. Speech Acts offers thousands of opportunities to learn and record new dialogue within the comfortable ELLIS environment. Speech Acts is a new feature available only in Master Pronunciation. Master Tutor provides instructions for producing each phoneme to speakers of 28 languages: Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Chinese, Creole, Danish, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Magyar, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Thai. Tongue Twisters contains over 100 randomly-ordered phrases spoken by male and female voices. Learners attempt to pronounce each linguistically-complex twister at their own pace. Context-sensitive help screens guide learners through the program with easy-to-follow instructions and graphics.

ELLIS Placement

ELLIS Placement is an adaptive placement exam which helps evaluate students' level of skill in ESL/EFL and place them within the ELLIS suite of products. Placement includes more than 1,000 validated questions testing the skills of grammar, reading, vocabulary and listening comprehension. Placement estimates each learner's range of ESL proficiency and then tests the learner within that range to yield fast, accurate results. Each test begins with a question of average difficulty. If the student responds correctly, Placement's estimate of the learner's ability increases. If the learner responds incorrectly, the estimate decreases. In either case, Placement establishes a range of the learner's ability, then chooses questions from that range. Responses to subsequent questions allow Placement to arrive at a final analysis of the learner's ability. The ELLIS Instructor Utilities allow instructors to control test parameters including time allowed to answer each question. Instructors can look up test data of any learner's performance, view and hear each question of the any test taken by the student, and print test reports with a click of a button. Placement also assigns learners a proficiency level in each of the four skills tested, providing information for further diagnosis by the instructor. If you are using other ELLIS programs, Placement will suggest the ELLIS program and the lesson within that program that best suits the needs of each learner. Placement can also be used as a standalone testing instrument. Institutions can administer the test as often as needed to an unlimited number of students for no additional cost. FEATURES places a learner in about 30 minutes, making it ideal for institutions with large ESL/EFL enrollments includes pre-tests and post-tests for ELLIS Senior MasteryTM, ELLIS Middle MasteryTM, and ELLIS IntroTM identifies examinee's weaknesses and strengths in each of the four skills tested reduces testing time due to the adaptive nature of the test generates instantaneous test results and reports eliminates test boredom and frustration by allowing self-paced, individualized diagnostic testing allows unlimited use by your institution with a single site license Minimum Hardware Requirements Placement


 

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