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Deborah Healey, Editor

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Talk Now

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: EuroTalk
    See also
    World of Reading
    Clarity
    Approximate single-unit price: $35
    Purchase options: lab, network, site
    Level: Beginning For: All
    Vocabulary building program with a record option that compares the learner and native speaker pronunciations. Nine topics: first words, food, colous, phrases, parts of the body, numbers, time, shopping and countries. Includes interactive games. Help is available in more than 100 languages. Audio can be downloaded to an iPod. Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista; Mac OS X.

TaskMagic Authoring Software

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): Authoring
    Publisher: MDLSoft
    Approximate single-unit price: $185
    Purchase options: site
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    Authoring tool. Input text, images and sounds into a template. Each template automatically generates a range of games and exercises based on your input. Templates include Text Match, Picture Match, Sound Match, Pic-Sound, Grid Match, Mix and Gap, Dialogues, and Multi-Choice, See the website for more information, screenshots and free a trial download.

Taste for English, A

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Educational Software Products
    Approximate single-unit price: $74
    Purchase options: £40; lab
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: K-8
    Learners help Fred the frog find nice tasty flies for him to eat, in the form of words that fit into a set, while avoiding words that don't fit. Authorable. British English in the words included.

Teachers Value Pack

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): t util
    Publisher: Centron Software Technologies
    Approximate single-unit price: $45
    Purchase options: lab, site
    Level: Teacher For: T
    CD-ROM with Puzzle Power and Test Creator. Includes lots of puzzle types. Windows 95/98/ME/XP/Vista/7.

Teachers' Voices 8

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util
    Publisher: NCELTR
    Approximate single-unit price: $28
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    DVD to accompany a book by Anne Burns and Helen de Silva Joyce about teaching practice - latest in the series of publications on action research projects by teachers.

Teaching Templates Quiz Maker

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util
    Publisher: Tac-Soft
    Approximate single-unit price: $25
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    12 different quiz templates, including multiple choice, cloze, fill in the missing letters, flashcards, and mastermind. The program creates HTML files and can compile a set of quizzes into a web archive (.mht file) to keep images and sounds with the text, an .exe file, or an eBook. Quizzes can be encrypted, timed, and submitted to the teacher via email or PHP. Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4/2000/XP. A demo can be downloaded from the website.

Telephoning in English CD-ROM

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening, speaking
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: UK£25
    Level: Intermediate For: Adult, HE
    Special use: Business
    Listening and speaking practice in a business English context. Topics include Unit 1; Who's calling, please?; Unit 2; Would you hold on, please?; Unit 3; I'd like to know your prices; Unit 4; We're ready to order now; Unit 5; I'll have to change the booking; Unit 6; Let's fix another date; Unit 7; What seems to be the trouble?; Unit 8; I'm sure we can sort it out. British English.

Tell Me More Kids ESL

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Auralog
    Approximate single-unit price: $130
    Purchase options: age levels also separately
    Level: Beginning For: pre-K-6
    Special use: elementary
    Specialized English course for children based on speech recognition. Offers progressive learning adventures based on age and proficiency level, including more than 1,000 activities, karaoke and cartoons. Also available as an online course. Windows 95/NT4/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7

Tense Buster

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): Grammar
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    See also
    World of Reading
    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Purchase options: $365 for all 5 levels; lab, site packs
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Tense Buster upgrade. Covers selected grammar areas through presentations, practice exercises, rules, tests and learner training tips; has interactive feedback for right and wrong answers. Students can take notes, listen to the pronunciation of vocabulary items, hear many of the conversations and texts read out, do speaking activities, create tests from a test bank, and track their progress over different sessions. Teachers can choose North American English, International English, or Indian English. The five courses, Elementary through Advanced, are sold separately or as a bundle. Includes a free Authoring Kit and membership to TenseBuster.com website with downloadable materials to use with the authoring kit. Demos can be requested from info@clarity.com.hk.

Test Mountain

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): test prep
    Publisher: DynEd International
    Purchase options: Contact publisher for pricing
    Level: Advanced For: All but K-8
    Special use: TOEIC
    Game-format practice for the TOEIC and other standardized tests of English. Best for students at TOEIC 600+. Includes questions, text for listening questions, and explanations for reading questions.

Testmaster

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): t util, authoring
    Publisher: Wida Software
    See also
    Athelstan
    Eurocentres
    Approximate single-unit price: $110
    Purchase options: £75 for 1-5 users
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    The teacher types in a question or cue and the answer is programmed as a complete cloze with clues. You can also program up to around 21 variations for one answer. Also included in Wida's Authoring Suite. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

TexToys

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Creative Technology
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: lab, site licenses
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    A suite of two authoring programs, WebRhubarb and WebSequitur. The programs are used to create web pages (HTML documents) which contain interactive language-learning exercises. The exercises are based on the Rhubarb and Sequitur programs originally developed by John and Muriel Higgins. Purchase includes one year's free subscription to the hosting and results server at www.hotpotatoes.net.

ThoughtOffice

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): writing, t util
    Publisher: ThoughtOffice Systems
    Approximate single-unit price: $150
    Purchase options: network, site license
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All but K-6
    Now known as ThoughtOffice, this is an upgrade of the original IdeaFisher. An idea generator and outliner with a very large database of ideas and suggestions to link up with prompts. This includes words and associations and keyword-tagged image associations to help develop ideas. Also included are eXpertTopic Modules with set-ups, questions, images, links and references. Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS X.

Tidy Up

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util
    Publisher: Grey Olltwit
    Purchase options: $20 membership to download all pgms
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Easy-to-use program to help computer beginners gain familiarity with moving, clicking, and double-clicking a mouse. Users click on various household articles to move them back where they belong (hence the title). Excellent for adult learners as well as for children. A website membership fee allows the download of about 100 different programs, at least 15 of them good for English language learners.

Timescape

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): grammar
    Publisher: Timescape
    Approximate single-unit price: $275
    Purchase options: school license
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Different approach to verb tenses, focusing on changing the perception of time and how English represents it. As one element, students are asked to identify and select the correct message that needs to be sent from a selection of simple ideas. For example, students are asked whether an idea represents a finished action, a present action, or an unfinished action. The aim is for the user to understand exactly what they want to express in terms of a defining message which accompanies the idea. If the idea is LIVE - ENGLAND, the message can be Permanent - I live in England; Finished - I lived in England in 1995; or Unfinished - I have been living in England since 1995. Students can use other tools to practice their understanding of time and verb tense. Designed for speakers of German.

TOEFL Grand Slam

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): test prep
    Publisher: ESL Pro Systems
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Level: Advanced For: HE, Adult
    Special use: TOEFL
    This six-CD-ROM set provides two computer-based practice tests and four workbooks for enhancing English reading, writing, structure, and listening skills. The practice tests are gauge skill level prior to writing the exam, while the workbooks provide instruction, tips, and practice. Test packs are also available separately, with customized versions available for speakers of French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, German, Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, and Russian.

TOEFL Mentor

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): discontinued
    Publisher: Encomium Publications
    See also
    Wida

    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Purchase options: site, network
    Level: Advanced For: Adult, HE
    Special use: TOEFL
    TOEFL Mentor is a HyperCard-like program that runs off a CD-ROM and includes tutorials, practice tests and timed tests for all sections of the TOEFL test: Structure and Grammar, Listening Comprehension, and Reading Comprehension. In addition, test taking strategies and tips are available for both the TOEFL and the Test of Written English. Demos are available for downloading from the Encomium Publications web page at http://www.encomium.com. See Tom Robb's review of the program at http://www.kyoto-su.ac.jp/people/teacher/trobb/mentor/mr2.html. An online version is available by subscription; contact the publisher or see the website for details. Older Mac and Windows machines: OS System 7-9 and Windows 3.1/98 compatible.

TOEIC Quick Start

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): test prep
    Publisher: ESL Pro Systems
    Approximate single-unit price: $70
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adult, HE
    Special use: TOEIC
    This bundle includes three practice computer-based tests, two workbooks for enhancing English listening and reading skills, and TOEIC® Tips, Traps & Strategies. The practice tests gauge skill level prior to writing the exam, while the workbooks and Tips, Traps, & Strategies provide instruction, tips, and practice. The workbooks are in Adobe PDF format, allowing the student to work directly on screen, or print a portable paper copy.

Toolbox

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Discovery Educational Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $28
    Purchase options: site license
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: Teacher
    Makes a variety of printed puzzle worksheets from words or text you type or paste - crosswords, wordsearches, scrambled words and text, text mazes and coded text. Download a 15-day free trial from the website: http://www.discoveryeducationalsoftware.co.uk/toolbox_e.htm.

Top Score (also Mindstorm TOEIC)

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): test prep
    Publisher: Mindstorm
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: HE
    This CD-ROM prepares students for the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), a test with a focus on English for Business. The CD contains not only practice with the multiple-choice test but also test-taking hints, listening practice with famous speeches, and a multimedia game called Maze where learners have to answer grammar and vocabulary questions to escape. Help sections are in French, Spanish, English, Korean, Japanese, and Indonesian. A site from the Japanese education ministry contains usefull shockwave-based vocabulary learning activities: http://mindstorm.org.uk/EW. Reviews by Mac People, LeMonde, Yomiuri Shimbun and others can be found at http://www.iac.co.jp/~minds/art.html; a review of the older version is at http://www.chorus.cycor.ca/Duber/toeic.html.. The program seems to run on older Windows machines; not tested on XP or later.

Tortoise and the Hare

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): listening, vocabulary, reading
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    World of Reading
    Approximate single-unit price: $15
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Special use: bilingual, elementary
    Colorful and interactive storybook. Students can hear the story read in both English and Spanish. Each page is filled with surprises to entertain and motivate new readers. Requires a CD-ROM drive. If this program is used on an IBM or compatible, it requires an MPC-compliant machine.

Total Recorder

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T util
    Publisher: High Criteria
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Teacher For: T
    Convert audio to digital form - records streaming audio, microphone and line-in input, CDs, and DVDs and saves the files to the hard drive. The program also converts various digital audio file formats. The Professional version offers more features. A demo version can be downloaded from the website.

TotalDeletion

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: PerLingua Software
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    Students reconstruct a text. They are guided by lines where the letters used to be. They type a word and if it is in the answer, it will appear in the proper place. Authorable. Freeware. Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS 9/X.

Trudy's Time and Place House

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Edmark Corporation/Riverdeep
    Approximate single-unit price: $10
    Purchase options: school version avail.
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: pre-K - 3
    Special use: Elementary, literacy
    Time and geography instruction with different activities. Designed for native speakers. CD-ROM. Runs on older platforms - Windows 95/98 and Mac OS 7-8. Not verified on later systems.

Twisted Tails

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: AHA! Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $10
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: K-6
    Special use: elementary
    Popular fairy tales with an optional mad-libs style twist - the stories are not quite as they used to be. When the stories are 'twisted,' the computer slots randomly selected names, words and phrases into the framework of the traditional stories. You can even select the names of the hero/heroine in each story or let the computer pick for you. Words can be added to the computer's vocabulary. The freeware version includes a few stories, and the shareware version includes several more.

Type to Learn

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Sunburst Technology
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: lab, network, school
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    A typing program recommended for beginning typists, used at the University of Kansas. Complete keyboarding course that includes spelling, grammar, composition, and punctuation work. Two reading levels. Designed for native speakers. Available on CD-ROM or download.


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