Twelve American Voices

An Authentic Listening and Integrated-Skills Textbook

Maurice Cogan Hauck, with Kenneth MacDougall; Documentaries by David Isay

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Designed for non-native speakers of English, Twelve American Voices presents a series of entertaining and culturally rich radio documentaries by award-winning producer David Isay. These stories, which were first broadcast on National Public Radio, focus on a range of individuals living and working in contemporary America, from an immigrant Chinese restaurant owner in New York City to an African-American waitress who helped integrate a Southern lunch counter, from the owner of a pawnship–wedding chapel to a retired couple who have become disk jockeys. As students listen to these stories, they hear a variety of regional and ethnic “Englishes” and are introduced to some corners of American culture that are rarely seen in the media.



In addition to transcripts of the documentaries, the book includes thought-provoking exercises that encourage students to analyze the language in the stories and to respond in both oral and written form. A CD of the broadcasts is included. Also available is an instructor’s manual as a PDF file from the publisher.

Maurice Cogan Hauck has taught ESOL in Italy, China, and the United States.. He is currently a specialist in English Language Assessment for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. Kenneth MacDougall is head of teacher training at Language Resources in Kobe, Japan. David Isay, president of Sound Portraits Productions, Inc., is the recipient of two Peabody Awards, the Prix D’Italia, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Read the Table of Contents in PDF (3 pages)
Read Lesson One in PDF (10 pages)
Read the Introductions to the Instructor and to the Student in PDF (6 pages)

Download the Instructor's Manual in PDF (73 pages)

12 American Voices is a rare object in the world of listening comprehension: it is based on truly authentic material aimed at an advanced level. . . . This is a pleasant book to work with and one which, I am sure, will motivate students and help them improve their listening and speaking skills.”—Nicole Décuré, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language


"This book provides authentic and entertaining listening comprehension material and meaningful language exercises for students of English as a second language."—Susan Vik, Boston University

ISBN: 9780300089608
Publication Date: August 11, 2001
176 pages, 8 x 10
20 b/w illus., includes a free audio CD
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