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Software List

Deborah Healey, Editor

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Fallacy Tutorial

    Machine: Mac
    Skill(s): discussion, reference
    Publisher: MacinMind
    Approximate single-unit price: $10
    Purchase options: shareware
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    Reference tool for 42 logical fallacies and quizzes on 30 scenarios. Interesting for discussion and in teaching critical thinking. Shareware; download from the website.

Findword

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, grammar, listening
    Publisher: Higgins, John and Muriel
    Approximate single-unit price: $5
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All
    Utility which looks up a dictionary to retrieve lists of words which match a pattern, whether a spelling, pronunciation, or grammar pattern. A help file and dictionary are included. Examples of how the program can be used can be downloaded from the Higgins website at http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wordscape/software-new.html. This program can be downloaded for a small fee from http://www.lulu.com/content/864700. Windows 2000/XP: not verified on Vista.

First English

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): listening, vocabulary
    Publisher: DynEd International
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Beginning For: 6-12
    Multimedia English course for true beginners ages 10-17. The focus is on listening, vocabulary, and grammar, with speech recording and playback available. Course material includes school vocabulary and situations, as well as work on letters and numbers. Lessons are sequenced and incorporate review. The management module lets teachers assign placement and track student progress. Pricing options include per-student-use cost. Contact the publisher for details.

Fish Trek

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): grammar
    Publisher: University of Michigan Press
    Approximate single-unit price: $38
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Computer game designed to help teach English article usage; supports The Article Book, but does not require the book. It offers six game levels, ten levels of difficulty, complete print options, tracking of wrong answers, and a comprehensive practice session. Includes a test generator option for teachers. Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, or XP; Mac OS X.

Focus on Grammar Interactive

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): grammar
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Purchase options: see website
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Five-level series from beginning to advanced; each level sold separately. The CD-ROMs follow the syllabus of the textbook series in its third edition. Unlike most grammar programs, this uses all language skills and both passive and productive modes for grammar practice. Writing exercises will require a teacher for assessment. Other exercises have automated assessment and record-keeping. Also available as a fully online program. Windows 2000/XP; not verified for Vista.

Focus on Grammar series

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): grammar
    Publisher: Exceller Software
    See also
    Addison Wesley
    Longman
    Longman,
    Approximate single-unit price: $100
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Four-level series from beginning to advanced; each level sold separately. The CD-ROMs follow the syllabus of the textbook series in its third edition. Unlike most grammar programs, this uses all language skills and both passive and productive modes for grammar practice. Writing exercises will require a teacher for assessment. Other exercises have automated assessment and record-keeping.

FreeENGLISH

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: ESL Pro Systems
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Beginning For: All
    A free, downloadable English tutorial application (English Pro Web Edition) that takes a phonetic approach to learning English is available from this Internet site. Also on the site are a chat and message board and a series of interactive games to improve vocabulary, listening, grammar, and spelling.

Froggy Phonics

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Ingenuity Works
    Approximate single-unit price: $25
    Purchase options: lab, site
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: pre-K-3
    Special use: elementary, literacy
    This CD-ROM has three modes: Learn, where children click on words or letters to hear them spoken; Watch, where children match words and objects then watch a movie incorporating target sounds; and Play, where students have five activities that focus on reading, spelling, painting, matching, and pattern recognition.

Fun With Texts

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, vocabulary
    Publisher: Camsoft
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: UKú25
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All, Teacher
    Text reconstruction program. Input a text, then the program will create 7 activities: a whole-text deletion, traditional cloze (nth word or by part of speech, etc.), letter substitution decoding game, jumbled words, predict what comes next in a passage, and jumbled text. A demo and a free handbook can be downloaded from the website.

Functioning in Business

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): listening, speaking
    Publisher: DynEd International
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: Adult, HE
    Special use: Business, bilingual (Jap)
    These four CD-ROMs use QuickTime Video and speech recognition technologies to create an engaging learning environment. The course is designed for intermediate level students preparing to use English in a business context. The primary focus is on practical language functions common in the business world such as requesting, refusing, suggesting, confirming, etc. Vocabulary is developed in the context of meetings, phone calls, a business lunch, negotiations, and a disagreement. Provides about 80-100 hours of intensive self-study and practice. Networkable.



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