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Best fonts for typing material for learners

 
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eslweb



Joined: 31 May 2006
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Location: United Kingdom

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:04 am    Post subject: Best fonts for typing material for learners Reply with quote

I've got a pretty basic PC with Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 and I was wondering what's the best font to use for English learners?

I've heard that certain fonts are difficult for Middle Eastern learners. Currently I use Verdana, because it seems to work on most PCs and seems pretty clear for most uses.

James

P.S. It needs to be a font with most of the IPA characters, because I use them quite extensively in lessons...
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emile



Joined: 31 May 2004
Posts: 144
Location: SE Asia

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Arial is always good. Trebuchet MS is good for title lines or larger text.

By the way, Arab students tend to scan words the wrong way subconsciously (cos Arabic goes right to left), so it's useful for them to do eye-scanning exercises similar to what people do on speed-reading courses.

Have you ever noticed Arab students making mistakes like this: poeple, fihsing, speebdoat? This stems from scanning the wrong way.





my site: www.roadtogrammar.com
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eslweb



Joined: 31 May 2006
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Location: United Kingdom

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 1:25 am    Post subject: Letters in English... Reply with quote

It's quite interesting that when they read/write they mix up
b and d, but when they're speaking they mix up b and p.

James

P.S. If anybody needs practice at these sounds, check out my pronunciation page with Flash applets to allow you to hear the sounds...
http://www.jamesabela.co.uk/beginner/Pronunciation.html
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Machjo



Joined: 02 Feb 2004
Posts: 92
Location: China

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://desktoppub.about.com/od/fonts/p/schoolfree.htm

Try this site. Some fonts are free, some not so free.

Jarman and Jardotty might be good starts for free fonts.

If you're willing to pay, you can also consider :

http://desktoppub.about.com/library/fonts/bl_schoolpay.htm#ukfonts

Sassoon is good, includes manuscript and joined Italic fonts of various kinds at various costs. It also includes symbols for other languages, including French, German, Romanized Arabic, Esperanto, etc. So a wide range, but all Roman script though. But then that is all we need for English anyway.
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BradC



Joined: 28 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always thought it was crazy that EFL books and materials were printed with sans serif fonts like Arial and Helvetica, since virtually all publications in English are written with serif fonts (e.g., variations of Times New Roman). Why train the student to read letters that will look very different when they try to tackle a newspaper, magazine article or book?
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