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   Volume III, Issue 1
October 2006   

New ESL resources added

Falvey recently added the following books-on-tape which will be of special interest to international students, faculty and staff wanting to practice their English. Published by Recorded Books, these book tapes are recorded at a 15% slower pace to allow for greater comprehension. Each book tape is accompanied by the full text in print.

These titles include classic works of fiction: Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton and The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

Also in the collection are taped biographies of famous people: Michael Jordan -- Out of Thin Air by John Nebel, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., by Ted Gottfried, Albert Einstein by Candice Baker and The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Falvey has also acquired several tapes that specifically target English speech:

Rock Talk by Request: The Vowels (Grammar and Phonics Through Music): “'From Every Breath You Take’ to ‘Help Me, Rhonda,’ … songs are the captivating center of these vowel-focused lessons.”

The Sound and Style of English: a Course in Accent Reduction for All Speakers of English as a Second Language “builds on the basics of correct intonation and mouth muscle movement to reduce foreign accent in those speaking English as a second language.”

The Pronunciation of Standard English “teaches persons whose native language is not English to speak non-regional American English and features lessons on stress, intonation, articulation and the pronunciation of various types of vowels and consonants.”

These book tapes, shelved on the wall next to the circulation desk, can be checked out for 30 days. Find the call numbers in VUCat, the library catalog (you can search by title or author).

In addition, a new video features some of the highlights of Washington, D.C., a popular destination for international travelers. Washington, D.C., A Capital Adventure provides a tour of our nation's capital, including the White House, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Capitol Building and Arlington National Cemetery. The video can be requested at the circulation desk on the first floor, can be viewed in the Library and generally does not circulate.

These items were purchased in consultation with Debra Kwiterovich Hoover of the International Students Services Office.

Contributed by Judy Olsen