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CALL Library for English

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, grammar
    Publisher: Wida Software
    See also
    Athelstan
    Approximate single-unit price: $110
    Purchase options: for 1-5 users
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All
    Special use: TOEFL

    Eurocentres teachers have used Wida's authoring programs and created ready-to-go library files for almost all levels, elementary to advanced, concentrating on vocabulary, grammar practice, etc, but also exam practice including TOEFL. 10 CD-ROMs in the collection. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

CALLEAP

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, reading
    Publisher: Wida Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $115
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: HE

    Uses Wida's Gapmaster program to offer a range of practice materials for English for Academic Purposes students. 21 exercises work on finding the missing words, word building, finding and correcting mistakes in a text, answering questions about a written text, and analyzing data in a table. A student workbook, teacher's manual, and learner's manual are included. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

CB IELTS Listening

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening
    Publisher: EFL Productions
    Approximate single-unit price: $5
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8

    Listening practice for the computer-based IELTS test. The download contains one full-length IELTS Listening test consisting of 40 questions in 4 different sections. The test can be taken in two different modes: Practice and Test. Download from the website. Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7.

CGEA CD-ROM, The

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, writing, speaking
    Publisher: Protea Textware
    Approximate single-unit price: $115
    Purchase options: lab pack
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8

    Teaches and tests a wide range of skills covering all Learning Outcomes at Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the Reading and Writing, Oral Communication and Numeracy and Mathematics Streams of the Australian CGEA test. Australian English. Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/ XP,/Vista, Win 7.

Check My Words

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing, vocabulary
    Publisher: CompuLang
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3

    Microsoft Word add-on toolbar that explains common errors made by nonnative speakers of English and shows how words combine in English. Online link adds pronunciation and other information. Windows 2000, XP, Vista; Word 2003, XP, 2007.

Choicemaster

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Wida Software
    See also
    Athelstan
    RDA
    Eurocentres
    Approximate single-unit price: $110
    Purchase options: site
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher

    Produces multiple choice tests with feedback for right and wrong answers. Now included in Wida's Authoring Suite. Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT supported.

Churchill House First Certificate Program

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing, grammar
    Publisher: Churchill House
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6

    Download this free software program to help students revise for the tricky "spot the error" question on the Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE). It's also suitable for intermediate and advanced students who want to work on their grammar. Available at http://www.easyfreeware.com/first_certificate_english_program-11195-freeware.html

Civilization II

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, discussion
    Publisher: MicroProse
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Advanced For: All but K-6

    Inventions and technology are the focus of this simulation. Students need to pay close attention to what they can and can't do, based on what inventions exist at that point in the game. Careful note-taking is essential, as well as a lot of reading. Group work makes the game do-able in a few class sessions. There are a couple of fan sites: CivFanatics at http://www.civfanatics.com, and http://www.civ3.com/ for Civilization III.

Clear Pronunciation

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    Purchase options: Contact publisher
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All

    The program includes over 1,000 audio clips and 50 videos which provide both comprehensive input for the sounds, and models for learners to copy. The Recorder enables users to record their voice and assess their pronunciation against a native speaker. Learners contrast sounds in isolation, work on them in sentences, then use them in a more natural context. British English.

Clear Speech Works

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: DynEd International
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6

    An earlier version was also sold as Speech Works from Trinity Software; this is now from DynEd. Learners can select lessons by their native language or see all the lessons. Learners can listen, record, and review words, phrases, and sentences. There is a technical vocabulary component, so learners in different disciplines can practice field-specific vocabulary. The focus is more on sounds than on stress and intonation, though those lessons are also included.

Collocate

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util, vocabulary
    Publisher: Athelstan
    Approximate single-unit price: $45
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Teacher, HE

    Find collocations or terms in a corpus. Search for a word or phrase within a set span, such as 4 words; produces collocations from the corcpus and n-grams (lexical bundles).

Concordance

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: R.J.C. Watt
    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Purchase options: $40 ea additional copy
    Level: Intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All

    Text analysis and concordance software. Powerful and flexible program. Make indexes and word lists, word frequencies, compare usage, analyze keywords, find phrases and idioms. Download a 30-day trial from the website at http://www.concordancesoftware.co.uk/.

Connected Speech

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): Pronunciation
    Publisher: Protea Textware
    Approximate single-unit price: $216
    Purchase options: lab pack
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8

    This program focuses on suprasegmentals, the most current approach to pronunciation teaching. It uses 27 video clips with 9 different speakers with a range of accents. A wide range of activities includes oral and visual feedback and some speech recognition. Three levels: lower intermediate, intermediate, and advanced are provided. This is helpful, since many pronunciation products use vocabulary that is far too difficult and uncommon for any but advanced students. North American, Australian, and British versions sold separately. See a full review at http://calico.org/CALICO_Review/review/conspeech00.htm. Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/ XP,/Vista.

Core Reading and Vocabulary Development

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): reading, vocabulary
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $675
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: 3-6, Adult
    Special use: Elementary

    This program is a comprehensive approach to reading and language development. In the first phase, students see, hear, say, and record each word. The second phase is a reading of the lesson text, 2-3 sentences per screen. The same text is then presented in a timed reading exercise, one phrase at a time. Next the student completes reading comprehension exercises. Students can refer back to the text to find the answer, and on an incorrect response the computer highlights the sentence where the answer should have been found. For vocabulary practice, students complete words from sentences in the text and choose the correct spelling. Directions are spoken in English and Spanish. This is sold separately or as part of the ESL/Basic Literacy bundle.

CrossCountry Canada

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Ingenuity Works
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: site, network
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All

    Using a realistic, yet fun visual format this geography simulation lets students take on the role of a long distance truck driver. Students make decisions about finding and delivering in a timely fashion up to 52 different commodities to 180 cities. Students need to read maps, calculate distances, estimate expenses, and plan cost-effective routes from coast to coast. The program and accompanying teacherŐs manual offer many possibilities for ESL/EFL communicative language practice through cooperative learning tasks.

CrossCountry USA

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Ingenuity Works
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: lab, site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Any

    Using a realistic, yet fun visual format this geography simulation lets students take on the role of a long distance truck driver. Students make decisions about finding and delivering in a timely fashion up to 52 different commodities to 180 cities. Students need to read maps, calculate distances, estimate expenses, and plan cost-effective routes from coast to coast. The program and accompanying teacherŐs manual offer many possibilities for ESL/EFL communicative language practice through cooperative learning tasks. Also available: Cross Country California and Cross Country Texas in Macintosh disk format. Demo version is on the TESOL/CELIA CD-ROM. CrossCountry USA is now downloadable from the company's website (requires credit card) or on CD-ROM.

Crossword Creator

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): t util, vocabulary
    Publisher: Centron Software Technologies
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Level: Intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All

    Crossword puzzle maker. Includes a thesaurus to help in generating clues. This package received several recommendations and was praised for being easy to use, though it helps to read the documentation in order to take advantage of all the features. Puzzles can be solved on screen, printed out, or exported to a word-processor. Can be downloaded or ordered on CD. Windows, including Windows 7.


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