12 American Voices: An Authentic Listening and Integrated-Skills Text

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Designed for non-native speakers of English, Twelve American Voices presents a series of entertaining and culturally rich radio documentaries by award-winning producer David Isay. These stories, which were first broadcast on National Public Radio, focus on a range of individuals living and working in contemporary America, from an immigrant Chinese restaurant owner in New York City to an African-American waitress in the South, from the owner of a wedding chapel to a retired couple who have become disc jockeys. As students listen to these stories, they hear a variety of regional and ethnic 'Englishes' and are introduced to some corners of American culture that are rarely seen in the media. In addition to transcripts of the documentaries, the book includes thought-provoking exercises that encourage students to analyse the language in the stories and to respond in both oral and written form. A CD of the broadcasts in included. Also available are an instructor's manual and a cassette for language labs (both free).

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Maurice Hauck teaches English as a second language at City University of New York. Kenneth MacDougall is head of teacher training at Language Resources in Kobe, Japan. David Isay, president of Sound Portraits Productions, Inc., is the recipient of two Peabody Awards, the Prix D'Italia, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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"This book provides authentic and entertaining listening comprehension material and meaningful language exercises for students of ESL." -- Susan Vik, Boston University

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