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Deborah Healey, Editor

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Pajersoft's Dynamic Spelling Bee

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): Vocabulary, spelling
    Publisher: Pajersoft
    Approximate single-unit price: $60
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Pull down the File menu to select an appropriate Bee file, then click Bee to start spelling. It's easy to add your own word list, but not easy to get the program to use it. British spelling predominates.

ParaConc

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): t util, vocabulary
    Publisher: Athelstan
    Approximate single-unit price: $95
    Level: Advanced, teacher For: Teacher
    Bilingual or multilingual concordancer, useful in contrastive analyses, language learning, and translation studies/training. The software is accompanied by a 110-page book ParaConc and Parallel Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies.

Paragraph Punch

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Merit Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $70
    Purchase options: lab, network, site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Learners choose from a menu of topics to develop an idea and write their own topic sentence, body, and conclusion. Sections include cause and effect, reasons, details, examples, and sequencing. Designed for native speakers but usable for ESL. Record-keeping. Windows 95/98/2000/XP; not verified for Vista. A demo is available from the website, http://www.meritsoftware.com/.

Pass First Certificate CD-ROM

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): test prep
    Publisher: wds/Pass-English-Exams
    Approximate single-unit price: $60
    Purchase options: CHF69
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adult, HE
    Pass First Certificate is a multimedia software program for students preparing for the Cambridge FCE exam. It contains over 500 exercises in grammar, reading, listening and writing. 5 'mock' exams and a 5,000-word exam-specific multilingual audio dictionary are also included. Demo versions can be downloaded from the publisher's website at http://www.pass-english-exams.com.

PerfectPronunciation

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Antimoon
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: $30 if downloaded from website
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    500 word-based pronunciation exercises designed for self-study/supplement to classroom work. The learner self-assesses for each word practiced. The program uses SuperMemo technology to stage reviewing, so that each lesson includes some previously-viewed words along with new words. The program chooses words to review based on the learner's self-assessment, so that words assessed at a lower level are reviewed more frequently. •Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista or 7.

Personal Best Spelling

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, spelling
    Publisher: Spelling Zone
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: downloaded version; CD is more
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Freeware and shareware. Three different tools: look and spell; spell tester; and problem words. The free version uses two default lists. This program is only useful if you register to get more lists and to be able to create word lists. Download at http://www.spellingzone.com/.

Picture Context Reader

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Merit Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $80
    Purchase options: lab, network, site
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but HE
    Short sentences are accompanied by illustrations, with an emphasis on the nouns in the pictures. Students respond to prompts; they advance if they achieve a certain number correct. Explanations are given throughout. Record management system. Designed for low-beginning ESL learners and adults. Synthesized speech is an option. Windows 95/98/2000/XP; not verified for Vista. A demo is available from the website, http://www.meritsoftware.com/.

Picture Cue Dictionary

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Attainment Company
    Approximate single-unit price: $80
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: All
    Special use: elementary, literacy
    Vocabulary presentation program organized around four thematic units: shopping, meals, appearances, and home. Display mode presents the target words together with a corresponding picture and digitized pronunciation one by one. In Matching mode the students match the word to the picture--testing what they've learned. Teachers can modify the order and content of lessons for each student. Has IntelliKeys overlays for students with limited manual dexterity. CD-ROM.

Print Shop Deluxe

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing, t util
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
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    Approximate single-unit price: $25
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
    Create greeting cards, signs, personalized letterhead stationary, banners and calendars. The program comes with lots of interesting pre-made graphics which students can use in the creation of their projects. Different versions work on different types of computers, so take care when selecting the version. Windows 95/9/2000/ME; Windows XP/Vista.

Pronunciation Power

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: English Computerized Learning
    Approximate single-unit price: $105
    Purchase options: also separately $155/95; site, network
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Pronunciation CD-ROMs with a variety of exercises for practice. Learners can listen, record, and review the different sounds. Video and animation are included for each sound, as well as waveforms. Each CD also sold separately. Downloaded versions (not on CD) are less expensive. An online option is also available. See a review in CALICO Journal at http://calico.org/CALICO_Review/review/propower00.htm. Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista or Windows 7; Mac OS X.

Pronunciation Power Idioms

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: English Computerized Learning
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: discount if downloaded
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    104 Idiom lessons with a picture, a description of the idiom and a recorded sample sentence. Exercises and quizzes are also included. Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista or Windows 7; Mac OS X.

Puzzle Power

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Centron Software Technologies
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: lab pack, site/network license
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
    This CD-ROM includes Crossword Creator, Wordsearch Creator, KrissKross (like Scrabble), Quote Falls, Cryptograms, and Cryptoquizzes. What sets this apart from many others is that graphics, sound, and video clips can be included in the clues. Hundreds of predesigned puzzles, including New York Times puzzles, are on the CD-ROM (though these are not specifically for ESL). Puzzles can be played on screen, printed out, or exported to a word-processor (sound and video may not transfer, and certainly won't print out). Contains both the Crossword Creator AND Wordsearch Creator.


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