Our free student recording software just got MP3 better!

Our free student 2-track recording software – Study LITE – now allows you save your recordings in MP3 format.

Study Lite

The free software works great for language learning at home but is best when combined with a Sanako Study 700 or 1200 language lab.

Pronounce Live now for everyone!

To support students’ speaking practice at home, Sanako has launched an on-line version of its very popular Pronounce product – no installation or downloads are required, and so it is a true online solution for pronunciation practice.

Anyone can try this out for themselves by opening the Google Chrome browser, visiting the Pronounce Live website and signing up for a free trial @ https://www.pronouncelive.com/

Study V9 Released – CIS

We have now released Sanako Study V9. This version will introduce two exciting new learning activities: Video Pairing and Conference Interpreting System CIS

The Video Pairing activity allows you to set up student pairs for a video chat using the students’ Webcam images, while the Conference Interpreting activity (CIS) provides an authentic interpretation training environment that builds on any existing Study installation to provide a fully professional Interpreter training facility at a fraction of the expense of hardware solutions.

·         The solution is a software-only digital solution and does not require any expensive dedicated or proprietary hardware.

·         You are not limited to using the solution in one room as you are with cabled hardware solutions.  Provides both flexibility and growth potential.

·         All audio is saved as dual-track MP3 files to allow for subsequent marking

·         Any audio can be uploaded to the cloud immediately via the Anywhere link in the Playlist

·         The operator interfaces are industry standard in their layout and use so that Interpreters can move to the hardware solutions with ease.

·         Interpreters can use headsets or gooseneck microphones.  Our system allows for any type to suit their preference.

·         All the standard naming and techniques are used such as delegates, interpreters, chair and observers.  Audio selections include the floor and selected interpreter channels.

·         The solution can be used for both Interpreter training and real conferences.  Create a revenue stream for your institution by offering the full conference interpreting facilities to local businesses.

·         The system allows for a wide variety of text feedback and messaging between all parties to add to the audio experience.

·         The chair can monitor delegates and interpreters as and when required via audio, text and screen monitoring techniques.

Sanako UK YouTube Videos Channel Refresh

Sanako have updated our YouTube channel with lots of new training videos and simplified the playlists by product.

The playlists are now based on the Sanako product you have installed; Study Tutor, Study Student, Pronounce Live, Pronounce, Anywhere and Lab 100.

Click here to go to the Sanako UK YouTube Channel

Most of the videos are a few minutes long and are intended to show you how to benefit from a particular feature in your lessons or learning.  If you have any requests for any other clips to be created then please let us know here at Sanako – we would love to hear from you.

Any questions – as always Sanako are happy to help uksupport@sanako.com

Sanako supports the University of Nottingham

For the second year in a row, Sanako has been pleased to sponsor the University of Nottingham’s worldwide lesson plan competition for language teachers and language professionals across the globe.

The University runs a distance learning programme working towards an MA in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching, which brings together theories and practice of language acquisition, technology and language teaching.

The three winning lessons plans, selected by the University of Nottingham course leaders,  are available to download from The LanguagePoint, and we send our congratulations to the winners!

  • 1st prize: Dimitra Theodosiadou – Digital Storytelling and Creative Writing
  • 2nd prize: Emanuela Leto – eCLIL in Italian
  • 3rd prize: Zoe Theodosaki – Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Sanako Study V8.20 Released

We have now released Sanako Study V8.20. This version takes another step in bringing our classroom and online learning solutions closer together as Sanako Study files can now be copied directly to Sanako Anywhere classes. Sharing files to Sanako Anywhere is the easiest way to add a true distance learning element to a Study classroom.

Additionally, this version offers new customization possibilities for teachers and the possibility to use either multicast or unicast transmission depending on the installation environment.  You can select what activities you want to show in the drop-down menu to keep things simple – show only what you want to use.  The unicast option provides a very robust and reliable alternative for wireless environments.

The download page can be found here http://software.sanako.com/study/

V8.2

Click to read the full Study V8.2 release bulletin

GCSE Speaking Test Preparation

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Click on the image to open the document

We know that the GCSE Speaking Test is changing and so we have come up with 10 tips to help your pupils develop the skills they need and build their confidence in advance of the speaking test.  Your students will benefit and they will enjoy all the varied activities from vocabulary testing, practise answers, drill-type activities, textual chat and pronunciation.  Get them learning by doing.

Make the best out of your Sanako solution by clicking on the image and reading the document.  If you need anymore help just ask us at uksupport@sanako.com

MFL speaking exam changes for 2018

2018 may seem like a long time away but it will be upon us very soon.  There are big changes to MFL speaking exam – are you ready? What are the main changes? How will the schemes of work need to be changed?

Wendy Adeniji shares her thoughts on the changes to the MFL examinations and what it means to both students and teachers. Click Focus for 2018 Article to read this insightful article.

Mandarin Chinese TTS – Voice Pack and Pronunciation

Chinese Pronounce ExampleWe are delighted to announce that we have added Mandarin Chinese TTS to our long list of language voice packs.  If you want high-quality, authentic sounding Text-To-Speech (TTS) then we have the very best.  When combined with the innovative and unique Pronounce software then it is a powerful way of improving your pronunciation skills in this sometimes difficult language.

Let us introduce you to Bin-Bin (Male) and Li-Li & Tian-Tian (Female) and let them speak to you in a real sounding voice and allow you to repeat what they say and be scored.  You will also be able to identify the areas to improve and have as many goes as you want to increase your score.

ILILC Event @ Ashcombe School

Sanako was delighted to sponsor the sixth ILILC event, which took place at The Ashcombe School in Surrey on 23 & 24th April. When Assistant Head Helen Myers asked Sanako to sponsor the event, we were only too happy to help. The conference and exhibition had spent 5 years at a different venue, and this was the first time The Ashcombe School would host.

Over 50 language teachers from around the UK and Ireland attended the event, some presenting ideas themselves, others there to pick up useful tips and meet up with virtual friends in real life. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, and it was great to see lots of familiar faces and to get to know others

Search on Twitter for the hashtag #ililc6 to get a flavour of the event and for links to delegates’ blog posts – plans are already underway for next year, so watch out for details!

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