March 2004

Newsletter of ELR Software Pty Ltd

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ELR Software produces a range of computer programs designed by speech pathologists for speech, language & literacy intervention. Our programs may be used interactively within therapy sessions, to increase efficiency in service delivery, and to improve access to the Internet for people with special needs. We are also available as consultants to clinicians and research projects in the fields of literacy and accessibility issues associated with the Internet.

The aim of this newsletter is to inform you of developments and changes to our major products eLr (Extra Language Resources), Rude Readers, Word Meanings and EIA (Enhancing Internet Access). We welcome the opportunity for feedback and questions, and will be pleased to consider including reader contributions and announcements.

This Newsletter (and previous editions) is available online at www.elr.com.au/news and an email version is sent monthly to members of our mailing list (See Subscribing/Unsubscribing).

In this issue -

  1. New eLr Materials
  2. Three Little Pigs - Featured Rude Reader
  3. Free Downloads
  4. ELR 2004 Calendar

  1. New eLr Materials

    A total of 176 new tasks have been added to Syntactic Processing. The tasks are in two new sub sections - "Subject-Verb", and "Subject-Verb-Indirect Object-Object" sentences. Two models have been used, "Typing with words" and "Typing with phrases". These are both word based activities. "Typing with phrases" is the easier task as it requires the client to rearrange phrases to make a sentence. "Typing with words" involves rearranging each word to make a sentence.

    The "Subject-Verb-Indirect Object-Object" sentences may be a challenging concept. We have provided material within these new tasks which will make it easier for the client to understand how such sentences relate to the more direct form of the sentence. A brief review of Direct and Indirect Objects will highlight what we mean by this.

    A Direct Object is the person or thing that is acted on by the subject. Asking "who" or "what" after the verb indentifies the object. So in the sentence "The boy hit the ball", we could ask "The boy hit .... what", and the answer is "the ball", so "the ball" is the Direct Object.

    An Indirect Object occurs between the verb and the Direct Object. It refers to the person or thing that is secondarily affected by the action of the verb. You can identify an Indirect Object by seeing if you can insert "to" or "for" in front of the word. An example would make this clearer.

    In the sentence "Mum gave me a drink."

    Within these tasks we have encouraged the client to make two sentences - one using the "to"/"for", and the other without using "to/for". In this way, the client is able to use the Indirect Object, and then rearrange the words so that it is no longer a sentence with an Indirect Object.

  2. Three Little Pigs - Featured Rude Reader

    You can give this cut-down version of The Three Little Pigs (Volume 2) to anyone (maybe not hard-core vegetarians) without fearing rude bits. The wolf and pigs keep their traditional lines "I will huff. And I'll puff. And I'll blow your house down." and "No, No! By the hair of my chinny chin chin". Meanwhile the child sees and hears how the verb tenses switch from present to past. Ordinal terms are slipped into the simple text - first, second, third and matched with the illustrations of Pig 1, Pig 2 and Pig 3 who wear numbered T-Shirts to match their house doors. And it starts with "Once upon a time."

  3. Free Downloads

    ELR has a number of free or evaluation files available for downloading directly from our website. Please see www.elr.com.au/downloads.htm for specific details. For other supporting materials and documents available for free download, please see www.elr.com.au/support.htm.

  4. ELR 2004 Calendar

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