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Deborah Healey, Editor

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Hablemos Ingles

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
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    Approximate single-unit price: $15
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but K-3
    Special use: Bilingual
    A CD-ROM-based course designed for native speakers of Spanish that includes video and audio recordings, exercises, games, and a 350-page textbook to help learners improve listening comprehension, grammar, and writing skills. Like in its English-based counterpart, Learn to Speak English, each lesson begins with a setting and a dialog. The settings follow a visitor to the U.S. through customs, getting a hotel, exchanging money, to furnishing an apartment and shopping for food. The students can expand their study of the language presented in the settings and dialogs through the use of cultural notes, vocabulary study (hear the word, definitions, notes about usage), grammar notes, exercises (fill in the blank, sentence writing, scrambled sentences, listening dictation), pronunciation work (listen to the model pronunciation, record voice and play back), and a test of both grammatical and functional language knowledge. The Windows version uses speech-recognition technology to evaluate pronunciation on a scale of 'Tourist' to 'Native.' QuickTime movies show cultural points of interest in the US. Windows 95/XP.

HearSay

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Communication Disorders Technology
    Purchase options: unavailable until 2011
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All
    Pronunciation program based on contrastive analysis. Offers an all-languages version as well as specialized versions for Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish. Currently unavailable; a new version is planned for 2011.

Hockey Sweater, The

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Editions 3D
    Approximate single-unit price: $60
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: All
    Special use: literacy
    Multimedia CD-ROM for ESL and literacy learners,including the animated movie by the same name by the National Film Board of Canada. Supporting the film are interviews with Mr. Carrier and with Quebec folk artist Marcel Dargis, pages from Eaton's 1946-47 catalogue, "hockey cards" and computer-based activities.See the TESL Ontario review at http://www.teslontario.org/new/publ/contact/Summer2007_Vol33No3.pdf (refer to pp.22-29).

Hollywood

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): discussion, writing
    Publisher: Tom Snyder Productions
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
    A creative writing CD-ROM, which lets you or your students write, direct, and play your own animated shows with talking characters. You select the scene, you direct the actors, you write the dialogue, you choose the music and special effects. You can screen it in the theater by clicking on the projector. There's even an Idea Machine which provides story starters, plot twists, and dialogue suggestions based on the scene you've chosen and the specific personalities of your characters. Uses computerized voices; sometimes you have to fiddle with spelling to get them to sound right. (SA) Formerly sold by Theatrix, it is good to see this title reappear. Windows 95/98/ME; Mac OS 8,9, X classic.

Hollywood High

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): discussion, writing
    Publisher: Tom Snyder Productions
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
    Like its predecessor Hollywood, Hollywood High has students write and direct an animated show with talking characters. The settings and characters are high school-oriented, so this is more attractive to teens but less useful for adults than Hollywood. Students select the scene and characters, place and move the actors, write the dialogue, and choose the special effects. Because it uses synthesized rather than digitized voices, they can be odd. It's possible to tweak the spelling to improve the pronunciation, but the point of this is the dialogue among the learners creating the show, not the end result itself. This is not recommended as a listening skill builder, but it's a great tool for discussion at the computer. CD-ROM. Formerly sold by Theatrix, it is good to see this title reappear. Windows 95/98/ME; Mac OS 8,9, X classic.

Hot Dog Stand

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Sunburst Technology
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Purchase options: lab, network, school
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: 4-8 grade
    Simulation where learners buy and sell at a hot dog stand.

Hot Potatoes

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Half-Baked Software
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    A suite of programs for creating exercises that will run using a web browser, either online or offline. Programs include JQuiz, to make multiple choice and short-answer quizzes; Jcloze, to create gap-filling exercises; JCross, to create crossword puzzles painlessly; JMix, for scrambled sentences; and JMatch, for matching exercises. Graphics and audio can be added easily. Menus (and content) can be in English or any of several other languages. The real power of the program is that it is so easy to create exercises that students can create them for each other. Version 6 includes the option of subscribing to a web-hosting service. Version 6 is now a free download from the website.

How to Read for Everyday Living

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $160
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Intermediate For: Adult
    Designed for adult learners. Topics include reading labels, menus, and job ads; managing money; working with want ads and job applications; and travel-related reading. Activities include crosswords and other puzzles. CD-ROM.

How to Write for Everyday Living

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $160
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Intermediate For: Adult
    Topics include writing skills for resumes, employment forms, business letters, lists, memos, social security applications, bank account applications, and driver's licenses. Some voice instructions. Also offers an Internet link to useful websites. CD-ROM.

HyperStudio

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Software MacKiev
    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Purchase options: school, district licensing
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All,Teacher
    Sophisticated authoring program with an easy interface and a lot of built-in graphics and other resources, including video narration, iLifeŽ integration (Mac version), podcasting support, and integration of Web cams. This was originally an alternative to HyperCard; current versions have been updated and run on Mac OS X and Windows XP and above. Now distributed by Software MacKiev.

HyperStudio

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Roger Wagner Publishing
    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    Multimedia authoring program that is relatively easy to use, though it provides a lot of flexibility. CD-ROM.


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