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Deborah Healey, Editor

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Daedalus Integrated Writing Group

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Daedalus Group
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    Extensive writing environment, with a set of six tools: prewriting, word-processor, peer review, internal email, real-time written communication, and citation tools. Windows 95/98/NT 4.0 SP3/2000/XP; not verified for Vista or Windows 7. Requires a local area network and server. A free trial is available from the website.

Dave Taylor's African Safari

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Ingenuity Works
    Approximate single-unit price: $70
    Purchase options: $70 site license
    Level: Intermediate For: K-6
    20 digital books with over 300 high quality pictures of the animals and plants on the various ecosystems on Earth that students can copy for use in projects. Uses a web browser for the delivery system, so any platform should work.

Decisions, Decisions Series

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): reading, discussion
    Publisher: Tom Snyder Productions
    Approximate single-unit price: $150
    Purchase options: each title; $1650 for all 15
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Students work in groups to use the software and text materials to make decisions. Students check the printed materials for additional background information. As a group they prioritize their goals, receive multiple perspectives on the issues from their 'advisors' in the computer, discuss their options and input their course of action to the computer. The computer presents the consequences and the 'advisors' reappear to offer the students help in dealing with them prior to another round of decisions, actions and consequences. These programs work well in a one-computer classroom. The following are ones most likely to be of interest to ESL/EFL students. Immigration, Prejudice, The Environment, Violence in the Media.

Destination Reading

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Literacy, beginning, intermediate For: K-8
    Special use: literacy, bilingual
    Comprehensive reading program with extensive record-keeping. Bilingual support in Spanish is part of Destination Lectura. See more information at http://www.hmlt.hmco.com/DR-IN.php

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Merit Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Purchase options: lab, network, site; both sets for $180
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: 7-12,Adult,HE
    Helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their ability to make inferences. Short factual readings on four levels, two levels per set. Students read selections and answer multiple choice questions based on key words and inferences. Designed for native speakers but usable by ESL students. Windows 95/98/2000/XP; not verified for Vista. A demo is available from the website, http://www.meritsoftware.com/.

Diascriptive Language Arts Development

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): grammar
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $395
    Purchase options: lab, site
    Level: Intermediate For: All but K-5
    Multimedia grammar program includes exercises on capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, compound sentences, and paragraph construction. Designed for native speakers, but usable with ESL. Includes diagnostic tests that determine the language arts skills of each student and prescribe what is needed for improvement. Thirty-six tutorial lessons, presented with voice and text, develop language arts concepts, evaluate performance at each level and redirect students to lower levels to help build skills or to higher levels to learn more advanced skills.

Diascriptive Reading I, II, III, IV

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $1400
    Purchase options: $400/unit; lab pack, networking
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: 4-12, Adult
    An interactive reading tutorial designed for native speakers of English, both children and adults. The program is diagnostic, prescriptive and developmental. The instruction focuses on reading for details, inference, the main idea, vocabulary (synonoyms, multiple meanings, discovering meaning in context), identifying the sequential signals in a text, and distinguishing between fact and opinion. The program includes a glossary with definitions and computer pronunciation of the target words. Useful for ESL false beginners and above.

Diascriptive Reading in Science

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $335
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    The program works like Diascriptive Reading, but with a focus on the content area of science. Five diagnostic tests and 25 reading programs are included. CD-ROM.

Digital Language Laboratory

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util
    Publisher: Sun-Tech
    Purchase options: Contact publisher
    Level: Teacher For: All, Teacher
    Multimedia language laboratory software system.Offers pronunciation practice, video presentation, audio discussion and exercises. Software needs to be installed on student computers. Windows 2000/ XP.

Dynamic Business English

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): listening, speaking
    Publisher: DynEd International
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but K-6
    Special use: Bilingual (Jap, Fr, Sp, Port), business
    Formerly known as Interactive Business English. Presented in a similar format to Dynamic English for ESL, this listening-based business English course on 6 CD-ROMs offers the listening, speaking, reading, and critical thinking skills for the workplace/international business situation. The topics are Company History, Job History, Manufacturing and Trade, Product Comparisons, Overseas Assignment, and Future Consequences. This content-based program begins with a Presentation during which the student answers periodic listening comprehension questions. These questions reinforce the vocabulary, language concepts, and structure, while giving the students repeated opportunities to respond. The feedback includes an automated 'shuffler level' which adjusts the level of difficulty of the questions according to the learner's response. The Question Practice gives the student practice in question formation. Quantitative English, Dictations, the Verb Grid, and Grammar Fill-In test the student's knowledge. The program includes voice recording capability for student practice. Mac and Windows. Individual CDs (one topic each) can be purchased separately. Pricing options include per-student-use cost. Contact the publisher for details.

Dynamic Classics

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): listening, vocabulary
    Publisher: DynEd International
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Special use: Bilingual (Jap)
    Dramatized retellings of Round the World in 80 days, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and Robin Hood on interactive CD-ROM supported by dictations, fill-ins, character matrix, and on-line comprehension aids. For listening, reading, and vocabulary development. Voice recording. Pricing options include per-student-use cost. Contact the publisher for details.


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