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M-Power Your Business English

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: International Business Images
    See also
    Wida
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Special use: business
    A variety of CD-ROM-based exercises to improve business English, though many activities would be applicable to general language learners as well. Topics include Business, Communications, Companies, Finance, Import/Export, Industry, Marketing, and Personnel. Activities include Pronunciation, Hangman, Definitions, Word Order, Anagram, Maths, and Identify. British English. Sold through http://www.worldlanguage.com/

Mark My Words

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing, T util
    Publisher: CompuLang
    Approximate single-unit price: $100
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    Microsoft Word add-on toolbar. The program lets teachers insert comments with linkst to online resources and generates a summary of all comments. Potential common errors are highlighted based on the part of speech of a word. Requires Internet access. Windows 2000,, XP, Vista; Microsoft Word XP/2003/2007.

Markin

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): t util
    Publisher: Creative Technology
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: shareware
    Level: Teacher For: T
    Markin is a teacher's tool created by Martin Holmes for marking student writing in electronic form. A student's text can be pasted into Markin from an e-mail message or a word-processor file. The teacher can then annotate the text using a set of buttons, footnotes and other kinds of feedback. The marked text can then be exported as a World Wide Web page in HTML format, and sent back to the student. The student, opening the page in a Web browser, will see that parts of the text have been made into links. Clicking on a link will take the student to the teacher's comment or error diagnosis. The program will also automatically compile error statistics for each piece of work which is marked. Download as shareware. Only short texts can be marked up without paying and registering.

MarkUp

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Higgins, John and Muriel
    Approximate single-unit price: $5
    Level: Intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All but K-6
    Students practice punctuation and capitalization rules by finding and correcting errors in paragraphs or longer text. The bottom of the screen shows a list of the missing punctuation marks and the number of capital letters. While some exercises come with the program, teachers are expected to add more of their own material. It works well to use students' own work as the basis for exercises. Available for a small fee from lhttp://www.lulu.com/content/multimedia/verbalist/7825756

Master Key

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): typing
    Publisher: MacinMind
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Purchase options: network
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Typing tutor with game. This can use the drills that are included or add plain text files and ebooks. Record-keeping; individual or network use. Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS X. Download at http://macinmind.com/?pid=2&progid=2&subpid=1.

Master Spell

    Machine: Mac
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: MacinMind
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Spelling and hangman program. Spelling drills using over 3,600 included words and sentences spoken with a real voice and supplemental guidance using the Mac's Text-to-Speech. Freeware; download from the website.

Matchmaster

    Machine: DOS,
    Skill(s): Authoring, vocabulary
    Publisher: Wida Software
    See also
    Eurocentres
    Athelstan
    RDA
    Approximate single-unit price: $110
    Purchase options: 75 for 1-5 users
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All, teacher
    Authoring program for matching exercises. Also included in Wida's Authoring Suite. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

Math 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
    Special use: VESL
    Topics include paying for a meal, sales slips, unit pricing, saving on transportation, sales tax, finding a job, overtime, piecework/commission work, and finding net pay. CD-ROM.

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing!

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    This typing program offers a step-by-step tutorial (written for native speakers, so not very useful by beginners or intermediate level students without a teacher's help getting started), record-keeping so that learners can start up again where they left off, and game options for further practice. The road race typing game is very popular with some learners. Sometimes sold bundled with Correct Grammar by mail order vendors.

MaxAuthor

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: University of Arizona
    Purchase options: free for non-commercial use
    Level: Teacher For: T
    MaxAuthor is used by an author to associate multimedia with text to prepare it for use by students using the MAX family of lesson activities: MaxBrowser, Listening Dictation, Pronunciation, Multiple Choice, Vocabulary Completion, and Audio Flashcards. The author records separate audio for both sentences and words and has the option of recording audio in the training language only, but can also record translations or paraphrases in any other language or dialect. The author can either manually define the word and sentence boundaries or let MaxAuthor choose the boundaries automatically. Download from the website at http://cali.arizona.edu/docs/wmaxa/maxadown.htm Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP/Vista (32-bit only)

Measuring Up

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, listening
    Publisher: Protea Textware
    See also
    Wida
    Approximate single-unit price: $115
    Level: Beginning For: All but K-6
    Practice with numbers in real-world contexts, including shopping, cooking, weighing packages, and sports. CD-ROM. Australian English. Windows 2000, Me, 2003, XP, Vista, 7.

Millie's Math House

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Edmark Corporation/Riverdeep
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Purchase options: school version avail.
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: pre-K-3
    Special use: Elementary, literacy
    CD-ROM with interactive math activities. A Spanish version is also available. Windows XP: Mac OS X. Not verified on Vista.

Mindgame/MindLines

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    See also
    World of Reading
    NAS
    Approximate single-unit price: $240
    Purchase options: $60 per level ; network available
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    A computerized version of one of Mario Rinvolucri's grammar games, combining language learning with strategy. It's a virtual boardgame based on the ancient Japanese game "Go" in which students must master an area of language in order to win. MindLines is the American English version while MindGame is the British English version. Students can play against each other or against the computer. Each of the five levels comes on a separate CD-ROM or as a compilation. It comes with an authoring component. A demo is available from the website.

Mindplay TEAM - FLRT

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Mindplay
    Approximate single-unit price: $300
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: K-6
    Special use: Literacy, elementary
    Reading speed and fluency-builder. Provides visual discrimination practice while learning to read sight words and high frequency words. The program measures and works on silent reading speed, reading fluency, retention, and comprehension with a library of over 700 content-rich stories. Reports on reading comprehension skills by class, student, and 18 specific skills including: main idea, context clues, inference, and author's purpose.

Mindpoint Quiz Show

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Pearson Assessments
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    Game show format with items from ExamView test banks. Use ExamView to create your own Quiz Show question sets. Simply create a bank or test in ExamView and have your students open the file in Quiz Show. Can be used with Pearson's Classroom Response System wireless pads, as well. Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP or a more recent version; Mac OS 8,, 9, 10.2 or higher.

MLS English Immersion

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Magnum Language Systems
    Approximate single-unit price: $60
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8
    This program uses grammar practice, vocabulary practice (including some translation work), and stories (listening, cloze, translation into the learner's language). It includes a dictionary with sound, voice recognition, and record-keeping. A distinguishing feature is that help and lessons are in 20 different languages, including Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Record-keeping. English Lab and English Pro versions are available. See the website at http://www.magnumlanguage.com/ for specific information. Windows 98/2000/ME/XP; no information re Vista.

MonoConc Pro

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util
    Publisher: Athelstan
    Approximate single-unit price: $85
    Level: Intermediate, advanced, teacher For: Teacher, AE, HE
    Concordance program. Can load multiple files totaling several million words, then view contents from within the program. Searches can be case-sensitive or case-insensitive, have wildcards, and include non-letter characters such as '-' or apostrophes. A word list function with a frequency count and calculation of the frequency of collocations is also included. The program comes with an extensive manual that covers basics of concordancing as well as use of MonoConc Pro. Concordance Pack II and Concordance Pack III include extensive additional corpora plus MonoConc Pro. A demo is available from the website. Windows 98/XP; not tested on Vista.

My Canada Software

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, grammar
    Publisher: NAS Educational Software
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing.
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: 9-12, Adult
    Designed for new immigrants to Canada, this covers a variety of topics such as Canadian geography, history, government, culture and more. All topics are presented in a number of levels from beginner to advanced, with beautiful pictures, videos, helpful graphic organizers and summaries. Authoring and record-keeping.

My Reading Coach

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: MindPlay
    Approximate single-unit price: $300
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: K-6
    Special use: Literacy, elementary
    Phonics-based program. Includes an initial assessment of reading skills, then assigns lessons and monitors progress. Virtual teachers provide support and encouragement. Will support Macintosh clients using a Windows server or Windows standalone machines.


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