Englishtype Senior - The Educational Typing Tutor

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Englishtype Senior - Lessons

Englishtype Senior has 12 lessons. Each lesson has five sections (except Lesson 1). Sections a), b) and c) are compulsory for movement through the program. Sections d) and e) allow extra practice.

a) Learning the letter patterns
b) High frequency words
c) Phrases using the letters learned to that point
d) Extra practise on high frequency words
e) Practice focussing on words with the new letters

The introduction of new letters is structured and sequential.

All instructions are written and spoken. After the first time keys are introduced, a "Skip" key to bypass the instructions becomes available.

Each finger has a unique colour code. This code should be followed carefully to learn successfully.

During each lesson an on-screen keyboard shows all of the keys which have been introduced and colours them to show which finger should be used to type each one.

Options are available within the lesson to change the background colour/style and the keyboard colour. The keyboard can also be switched off.

If an error is made the correct letter required is heard and highlighted by the small hands in a box at the top of the lesson screen. It must be corrected before moving on.

A 'partial save' function exists which automatically saves lesson progress should a lesson be abandoned early. When the lesson is next selected, the user can choose to resume from the saved position or restart from the beginning.

The maximum error percentage can be set between 65 and 95%.

Monitoring Key Accuracy

Accuracy is vital in the early stages of learning; aiming for accuracy of +90% is most effective for learning. At the end of each lesson, accuracy for individual keys is displayed for the last lesson and an overall average for all lessons completed; this is also available to review in the Administration programs. There is a graph showing the accuracy for each key, and any problem keys with lower accuracy are identified. Any particular problem keys can be identified for further practice.

Englishtype Senior Key Accuracy Screenshot: Problem Keys        Englishtype Senior Key Accuracy Screenshot: Accuracy Bargraph

Spelling Lessons

There are five activities giving extra practise for users who find spelling difficult. Spelling using the finger movements rather than having to recall the linear sequence is a very powerful way to learn to spell.

1. Tricky - High frequency and non phonic words
2. Sounds - Sets of words containing the same sound and spelling
3. Family - groups of words linked by meaning or sound

4. Same - homophones

Englishtype Senior Booster Screenshot: Same sound, Different word      Englishtype Senior Booster Screenshot: Same sound, Different word

5. Follow - phrases using words containing the letters learned which are removed from the screen while the user is typing, but can be heard again if required.

Englishtype Senior Booster Screenshot: Listen and Follow      Englishtype Senior Booster Screenshot: Listen and Follow


Five extra lessons which teach the numbers and symbols on the top row.

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