The Marzio School
CD-ROM 1 & 2, and
Our CD-ROM method includes 8 types of exercises which put
all four skills to work: listening, speaking, typing, and reading.
The video presentation phase of each lesson is immediately followed
video, so that the learner can record his
own voice and compare it to the native speaker. If the learner desires,
he can see at a glance if he is imitating the voice of an American or
a New Zealander, etc.
exercises are implemented,
not only to test the learners limits of comprehensibility, but also to give him
additional motivation to practice speaking.
Bilingual grammar notes are interjected
every time the spontaneity happens to bring up a noteworthy point, degrees of formality and informality,
or a difference between American and British English, for example.
The user has easy, constant access to a
glossary containing every word and phrase heard or read in the method. For the moment,
the native speaker languages for the bilingual sections include Spanish,
French, or German (the learner chooses his native language upon installation).
CD-ROM # 3 incorporates a choice between an all English,
French, Spanish, or Korean
version for many sections of the CD, notably the Grammar Notes,
Video and Exercise Instructions, and the Glossary. Learners can switch between a Spanish and English-only glossary,
for example, at any point within the course.
What level is
Real English designed for? This
is usually a straightforward, easy-to-answer question, but in our case,
an important nuance must be taken into consideration: the structures
in CD-ROMs 1 and 2 are designed for beginners, CD-ROM 3, for intermediates, but the often shocking reality
of spontaneous speech makes it challenging for learners at higher levels, including the very
Both the videos and the CDs
are based on the "real principle" (no actors, no actresses, just
spontaneous, natural, "non-English teacher" speech), and both include people who
are simply fun - fun to watch & listen to. All levels are in fact covered by the two types of media.
What the Critics Say:
"Visually this is a real feast! Definitely a killer app."
Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Professor Emeritus, California State University,
Sacramento, director of the graduate TESOL Program
Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, a renowned expert in the field, has not written
a "review" per se. Rather, she made spontaneous remarks by email,
addressed to the creators of the method, just after discovering Real
English® for the first time. These remarks are printed below in
"I tried your CD again, and it worked just fine with the built-in mic.
It's such a pleasure to have the speech recognition work on the little
tests.A nifty device.
Again I was struck by how charming the subjects of the video are.
It is such a pleasure to hear real, natural, authentic speech coming
from real people, not actors, with the occasional missteps and false
starts and self-corrections that a learner would encounter in
I assume you just took people off the street
with very little coaching?In any case, the language has a very
authentic ring to it, right down to the smiles and small gestures
that people make when they are just getting to know someone.
All the subtle clues to behavior are right there on video.
The presentation of the alphabet was even a pleasure!
Great concept and treatment!
Each area of language gets sufficient presentation, so much so that
the CD in effect re-creates the Natural Approach lots of input.
The videos the people in them are so interesting in and of
themselves that you want to watch them again and again, even if you are a native
speaker.I think you have captured something of what makes
watching home videos on TV so attractive, e.g. Cops or You're
on Candid Camera.
I also had time to get more deeply into the grammar aspects.
I see how some of the material is new and some recycled in each
segment good practice.
And the exercises involve both direct repetition and transformation
of forms. It builds pretty carefully from simpler to tougher exercises
right up to the Review segment.The grammar charts and explanations
are not necessarily helpful to the practice sessions, but are probably
useful for the student to have so readily at hand.
Her biography in brief:Professor Emeritus, California State University,
Sacramento, where she was director of the graduate TESOL Program and the IEP.
She now runs a private business, Computers for Education, as an educational
technology consultant. She is co-editor of CALL Environments: Research,
Practice, and Critical Issues with Joy Egbert (TESOL, 1999), and
How to set up a Computer Lab: Advice for the Beginner (Athelstan Press), and is a columnist on technology
issues for CAELL Journal and ESL Magazine. Check out her lead article
in the March/April issue of
The ESL pros have had their say. The first link below takes you to reviews in French. The others are in English:
Canal Plus "L'Autre
Web" - Critique en langue française du site de Canal Plus
This link includes extracts of critiques from the French press.
http://www.teflfarm.com/teachers/reviews/winners/real_english.htm The 1st Real English CD-ROM review
Review by Maggie Sokolik, University of California,
Maggie Sokolik, Ph.D. of UC Berkeley, College Writing Programs
Read Kaye Mastin Mallory's review of Real English video cassettes.
Calico Software Review,
Reviewed by Marianne Morales of McGill University
Language Learning and Technology Journal.
This is the harshest critique which has been written, so if you want to find out
what you might NOT like about Real English, this is the site to look at first!
EFL Web Review
The most recent review of Real English Online by Dr. Dafne Gonzalez of the
Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela and Arnold Mühren M.A, e-Learning Designer &
Adviser, Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
Real English CD-ROMs are designed for modest Windows computers.
Minimum System Requirements:
- Pentium 450 ; 128 MB RAM
- Windows 95, 98, Millenium, 2000, XP or Vista
- True Color graphics card
- 8x CD-ROM drive
- 32 MB available on hard disk
- Sound card, microphone, headphones or speakers
CD-ROM # 1
CD-ROM # 2
Lesson 1: Hi
and How are you?
Lesson 2: Hi,
How are you? & What's your name?
Lesson 3: The
alphabet in 4 English-speaking countries
Where are you from? & What's your nationality?
Lesson 5: What's
your name? How do you spell it?
Review, lessons 1 to 6
Lesson 7: Numbers (number
chart, "how old are you?",
telephone numbers & license plate numbers)
What time is it?
Lesson 9: The
Jones family (to be + adjectives)
Lesson 10: What's
What's the weather like?
Lesson 12: Directions:
"Can you tell me the way to?"
CD-ROM # 3
are the [Americans] [British] like?
Introduction to "do" + révision 1-13
The present simple
do you do (for a living)?
What do you do for fun?
17: "Like to do"
and "like doing"
How long does it take?
Real English® CD-ROM 1
and 2 (one set of 2 CDs): 99 Euros + S&H
Real English® CD-ROM
3: 59 Euros + S&H
Real English® CD-ROM 1,
2, et 3 (les trois CD): 129 Euros + S&H
Contact mike at real-english.com for all orders.
The Marzio School
7, rue des Baumes
13800 Istres, France
Phone: +33 (0)4 42 55 01 25
Fax: +33 (0)4 42 55 10 83
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