Remarks about the Audio (radio and video) fragments
In addition to the written texts in the MATC, I have added a series of radio fragments covering some specific topics (the first series covers the war in Yemen). Maybe in the future I will add some video fragments with news reports as well.
The user can benefit from these fragments to train his listening comprehension skills.
These audio texts are treated in the MATC in a way identical to the treatment of the written texts. This implies that words not included in the Top Media Vocabulary (TMV) will be presented with a gloss. Unclear syntactic constructions are explained with syntactic codes and tips.
However, the presentation of a text based on an audio fragment differs from the presentation of written texts. Some of the tabs of the audio texts will remain empty, and others will only show words that need a gloss or a syntactic code. And in the relevant tabs two audio controls will be visible to play the audio fragment. Each audio fragment comes in two versions: the original recording and a version spoken slightly slower.
The Tabs of the MATC video and audio fragments
For the audio fragments, no text is presented in this tab. The user is strongly advised to train listening comprehension without looking at a written version of the audio fragment. There is a downloadable pdf version of each text available (button Download).
Empty tab since the spoken version of the text contains all information about the vowels.
Only words with glosses are shown. All other words of the text are replaced by three dots. The number of suppressed words corresponds with the number of sets of three dots. Words with glosses are in blue and clickable.
Only words with syntactic codes are shown. All other words of the text are replaced by three dots. The number of suppressed words corresponds with the number of sets of three dots. Words with syntactic codes are presented in black and preceded by a clickable red block.
If you choose one of the advanced levels (Limited or Complex Only) the coloured blocks of superfluous syntactic codes will disappear but the words they were referring to will remain visible. This cannot be solved in the present system of presentation.
Vocabulary and Syntactic Info
This tab is a combination of the two preceding tabs.
This tab is empty. There is a downloadable pdf table with phraseology available for each audio text (button Download).
Only connectors with glosses are shown. All other words of the text are replaced by three dots. The number of suppressed words corresponds with the number of sets of three dots. Words with glosses are in orange and clickable.
The content of this tab is identical to the questions tab of written texts.
In this tab you will find an English translation of the audio fragment.
To select an audio fragment go to the text selection page, select subset 'Radio (..) fragments' and a list with all available audio fragments will show up.