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Software List

Deborah Healey, Editor

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A1 Hangword

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Caltrox
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Classic hangman game, with 9000-word dictionary. Freeware. Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7. Download from http://www.tucows.com/get/341110_129751

ABC 4 Kids Workshop

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, literacy
    Publisher: Caltrox
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: K-3
    Special use: literacy, elementary
    Includes over 100 different pictures from A-Z, Voice- to-text speech engine for pronunciation and a self-testing module. Voice synthesizer teaches both pronunciation of the word and its correct spelling. Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista/7. Download a trial version from the website, then pay to activate the full product.

Academy of Reading

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Autoskill International
    Purchase options: network - see publisher for details
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: preK-12
    Special use: Elementary, literacy, bilingual
    A phonics-based literacy product, this program uses graphics, sound, and animation to steer teacher and student through pre-testing, prescribed exercises, then post testing. Strong management component. Has screens for reading difficulties in oral, aural, motor, speed, response, and other areas. Special needs accommodated. No reading ability needed to begin but requires ESL teaching to accompany product. Version 5 and up designed for central deployment, with a web-based user interface. Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS X.

Accent Master

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Accent Master
    Purchase options: Contact publisher
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adult, HE
    This software uses animated graphics and video to demonstrate how to pronounce discrete sounds. Learners record and compare their waveforms to a model in words and phrases. The wavforms are resized to match each other. Games offer practice in using the different sounds in words and sentences. Thousands of audio recordings are included. Purchase the version customized to the students' L1 (21 different languages, from Arabic to Yoruba).

Ace Reader Pro

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: StepWare
    Approximate single-unit price: $70
    Purchase options: network, site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    Speed reading software. Trial version has a 30-day limit. A variety of settings makes this a sophisticated program. Includes reading/comprehension tests broken out by grade levels. Regular and Pro versions are available for registered users. Windows 95/98/NT/Vista and Mac OS X. Shareware.

Achieve: Writing and Language Arts

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): writing, reading, vocabulary
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    Approximate single-unit price: $12
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: 2-6
    Special use: Elementary

    Designed to meet a third through sixth grade language arts curriculum- grammar and spelling, parts of speech and sentence structure, lsynonyms and antonyms, build vocabulary. This incorporates Word Munchers, Schoolhouse Rock/Grammar Rock, Writing Trek. Designed for native speakers, but useful for ELLs. Windows XP; unknown Mac OS.

Active Listening

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening
    Publisher: Sky Software House
    Approximate single-unit price: $145
    Level: Intermediate For: All but K-6

    Realistic listening passages in everyday situations. Four types of tasks are provided: listening for information, listen and respond, listening and notetaking, general listening with an interview, a talk, or a story.

Active Reading

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    Purchase options: Contact publisher
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: 9-12, HE

    Six levels: elementary to advanced. Each unit has video, controlled practice, comprehension exercises, and an activity that expands on the topic. Topics include current items such as advertisements for diets, Internet posts on wireless gaming, and ecotourism. Text types include newspaper and magazine articles, emails, poems, recipes, stories and press releases.

Advanced Listening

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): listening
    Publisher: DynEd International
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Advanced For: All but K-8

    Listening course for advanced ESL/EFL students that uses authentic lectures from Stanford University professors to develop high-level listening and note-taking skills for academic or professional environments. Listening strategy notes give students detailed suggestions about how to approach various aspects of listening and note taking, both in general and in reference to specific exercises. Record-keeping is included.

Alexis, the Encomium TOEIC Test Preparation System

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): test prep
    Publisher: Encomium Publications
    Approximate single-unit price: $100
    Purchase options: lab, site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adult, HE
    Special use: business

    Practice for the TOEIC, a test often used to asses readiness for work in business in English speaking countries. CD-ROM. An online version is also available by subscription. Contact the publisher or see the website for details.

Alphabet, The

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Protea Textware
    See also
    Wida
    Approximate single-unit price: $95
    Purchase options: lab pack
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: Adult
    Special use: literacy

    For beginning level students with zero or near zero English literacy levels. Teaches and tests the names of letters, upper/lower case matching, alphabetical order, etc. Select American, Canadian, British or Australian models. Students can record words and sentences. Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/ XP,/Vista, Win 7.

Amazon Trail

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): reading, discussion
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $12
    Purchase options: lab pack, site license
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-4

    Amazon Trail is a simulation of a trip up the Amazon River (and through time). The goal is to search for a medicinal plant that can save the ancient Incas from malaria. As students travel up the Amazon River they explore the rain forest, visit historical people and landmarks, trade with the people of the region, navigate and fish for food. The program comes with teacher's manuals and student worksheets that facilitate cooperative learning-based lessons and communicative language development. Windows 95/Me/2000/98/NT/XP; Mac OS X. Different versions work with different operating systems, so buy with care. Hybrid CD-ROM.

American SpeechSounds

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: SpeechCom
    Approximate single-unit price: $150
    Purchase options: $75 for home version; site lic.
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All

    The program offers video clips of lip and tongue position to help with pronunciation practice of sounds from isolated phonemes to words, phrases, and sentences. Linking, stress, and intonation exercises are also included. A directory based on the student's first language (out of 30 choices) helps students focus on sounds most likely to be problematic for them. Students can listen or listen, record, and compare themselves to the model. The Professional version of the program includes IPA and is authorable, so teachers can add their own material. While the program is designed for self-access, students will probably need some guidance in assessing their progress when working independently. Windows 95/NT/97/2000/ME/XP/Vista.

Aprenda Ingles

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Transparent Language
    Approximate single-unit price: $70
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6

    Reading-based language study, with windows that open up to offer vocabulary, grammar, and usage help on the word, sentence, or text level in Spanish. The program includes video clips, a talking dictionary, extensive grammar reference, vocabulary games, and pronunciation help that offers voice recording with (modestly helpful) waveforms. Especially good for those who have some English and want to maintain a reading knowledge of the language. An Educator's Edition includes classroom management tools. Available for Spanish speakers and Portuguest speakers.

Arthur's Teacher Trouble

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): listening, reading
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    Approximate single-unit price: $10
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: K-6
    Special use: Bilingual, elementary

    An interactive, animated story about an elementary schooler (Arthur the Aardvark) surprising even himself with what he accomplishes. The program has excellent graphics, sound effects, dialogues, and lots of surprises to maintain student interest. Text can be heard in English and Spanish. Requires CD-ROM drive. Best used in K-6 and family literacy settings.

Author Plus

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    See also
    World of Reading
    NAS
    Approximate single-unit price: $75
    Purchase options: $150 for 5, $375 for 20
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher

    This CD-ROM-based program lets teachers create several different activity types--multiple choice, free practice, gap fill/cloze, drag and drop, proofreading, and target spotting--with hints, a feedback function that responds to students' errors, an introductory text option, and on-line help. Vocabulary can be added with sound. The program uses a simple type and click system to make it easy to author. Exercises can be linked. Context-sensitive help is available on each screen. Request a free copy of Author Plus Lite at www.authorplus.com/freecd/.

Authoring Suite

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Wida Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $685
    Purchase options: Titles also sold separately.
    Level: Teacher For: T

    This is an update on Wida's established authoring range incorporating Storyboard, Gapmaster, Testmaster, Matchmaster, Choicemaster, Pinpoint and Vocab into a single program for Windows. Users pay only for the titles they want. Authors can enhance text activities with graphics, sound, video and rich text. Students can use the notepad to give a comment on the activities and teachers can call up and respond to these messages. Programs can share common glossaries. 'Convert' facility automatically converts files previously authored with Version 2.0. Windows 95/98; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.


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Last updated 15 January 2009 by Deborah Healey, dhealey at uoregon dot edu
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