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Deborah Healey, Editor

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    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening, vocabulary
    Publisher: Wida Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: lab pack
    Level: Intermediate For: All but K-5

    A multimedia package based on 12 EFL songs by Christopher Jones. The songs cover a wide range of vocabulary, grammar and functions. The package uses a wide variety of activity types created with the Authoring Suite. Demo available. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

Bailey's Book House

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reading, vocab
    Publisher: Riverdeep
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    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: teacher pack
    Level: For: K-6
    Special use: elementary

    Elementary; explore words, rhyming, letters, and stories. Windows 98/ME/2000/XP; not verified for Vista or Windows 7.

Basic English Fitness

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): grammar
    Publisher: Merit Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Purchase options: lab, network, site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6

    Drill and practice with troublesome points of grammar. Each sentence contains up to four underlined choices, one of which contains a common error in usage, diction, grammatical relationship, or punctuation. In response to a wrong answer, the program shows the corrected sentence and explains why it is right. Record-keeping. Windows 95/98/2000/XP; not verified for Vista. A demo can be downloaded from the website: http://www.meritsoftware.com/.

Basic Mouse Sklls

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util
    Publisher: Grey Olltwit
    Purchase options: $20 membership to download all pgms
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All

    Easy-to-use, non-threatening program to help computer beginners gain familiarity with moving, clicking, and double-clicking a mouse. It works by having the user click on progressively smaller boxes that move around the screen. Excellent for adult learners as well as for children. A website membership fee allows the download of about 100 different programs, at least 15 of them good for English language learners.

BBC New English Course

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Ladder International
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but K-6
    Special use: bilingual (Chinese)

    A series of 24 CD-ROMs provide a variety of language activities for beginning to advanced learners. Vocabulary, dictionary, pronunciation guide and interactive pronunciation assessment, songs, role-plays, and more, Includes an English-Chinese dictionary.

BeltPrimary

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Binary Logic
    Purchase options: contact publisher for details
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6

    Six-level series with 16-24 lessons. Major emphasis is on grammar and vocabulary development, with a variety of exercises that include reading, listening, songs, and voice recording and comparison with the model. Extensive record-keeping and management that prints out reports and certificates. Schools subscribe for a period of time and pass the costs on to students. The package includes books and a dongle (hardware key). Students can work at home in the book, then enter their answers on the computer to check them. The company offers on-site teacher training.

BeltSuccess

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Binary Logic
    Purchase options: contact publisher for details
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: K-6
    Special use: elementary

    Five-level series with 16-24 lessons. Major emphasis is on grammar and vocabulary development, with a variety of exercises that include reading, listening, and voice recording and comparison with the model. Extensive record-keeping and management that prints out reports and certificates. Schools subscribe for a period of time and pass the costs on to students. The package includes books and a dongle (hardware key). Students can work at home in the book, then enter their answers on the computer to check them. The company offers on-site teacher training.

Better Accent Tutor

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Better Accent
    Approximate single-unit price: $129
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All

    BetterAccent Tutor analyzes intonation, stress and rhythm patterns of a user-recorded utterance and visualizes these patterns in an easy- to-understand manner. By pinpointing the exact mistakes, BetterAccent Tutor allows users to focus on the problems that are unique to their speech. Users can record and playback. The program visualizes the syllabic structure of recorded utterances and highlights the syllables as they are played back, which allows users to visually compare the user's and native speaker's intonation, intensity and rhythm patterns. An extensive set of exercises and explanations of each exercise are included, as well as a large collection of utterances by native speakers to provide users with guidance and a yardstick for correct pronunciation.

Brain Cogs

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reference
    Publisher: Fable Vision
    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Intermediate For: 4-9

    Multimedia-rich program to help students develop learning strategies, with a focus on remembering, organizing, prioritizing, shifting, and checking. Students practice with different activities. Record-keeping function is included. Windows 98/2000/ME/XP/Vista; Mac OS 8.6, 9, X. See a review at http://www.kyoto-su.ac.jp/information/tesl-ej/ej29/m1.html.

Business English: Meetings

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): speaking
    Publisher: Encomium Publications
    Approximate single-unit price: $95
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8
    Special use: business

    Video-based lessons demonstrating language and practices of authentic business meetings. Learners practice business meeting communication skills, verbal and nonverbal, as well as working on vocabulary and comprehension activities. Includes Audio scripts for the videos, clickable words and pictures, and text and audio definitions. North American English.

Business Territory 1 and 2

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening, reading
    Publisher: Lingonet Oy
    Approximate single-unit price: $100
    Purchase options: 5-user
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adult, HE
    Special use: business

    Students visit a variety of working environments in the UK and the USA in these CD-ROM-based programs. Authentic, non-scripted video interviews are accompanied by transcripts, paraphrases, a glossary, and audio comments giving both linguistic and business information. Teachers have a wide range of printable worksheets requiring students to collaborate in researching particular aspects of the companies and presenting their findings. 5-user licenses available. See the website for demos and downloads.

Business Writing

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): Writing
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    Approximate single-unit price: $180
    Purchase options: lab and site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adult, HE
    Special use: business

    Practice in writing for business, focusing on writing clearly and appropriately, with correct vocabulary and grammar. The program includes working on model documents, listening to short talks, podcasts, writing and formatting exercises, and writing responses to letters and email. The program links into a website with a library of model writing. Includes international English, North American English, and Indian English. .



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Last updated 10 June 2010 by Deborah Healey, dhealey at uoregon dot edu
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