The 2013 winner for Digital Innovation at the British Council ELTons awards, ‘Cool Speech’ for Speech in Action is an English Language Teaching app for listening and pronunciation. It provides intensive listening practice, and teaches fluent pronunciation, using recordings of spontaneous speech. It is suitable for upper-intermediate and advanced students of English, who need to understand everyday speech and to speak clearly and fluently in everyday situations.
Cool Speech takes short extracts of spontaneous speech and uses them as the pronunciation model: the vowels and consonants of British English are covered, in both male and female voices. Each vowel and consonant is presented in a rhythmic unit of real speech in three forms: (i) the original spontaneous speech, (ii) a slow, careful version, and (iii) a fluent medium-paced version. You tap and listen, repeat, tap and record yourself, and compare your recording with the versions in Cool Speech.