TESOL CALL Interest Section

Software List

Deborah Healey, Editor

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Videoster

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening, vocabulary
    Publisher: Edulang
    Approximate single-unit price: $230
    Purchase options: Titles also available separately.
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but K-3
    Four titles with a focus on General English. Each title contains 15 to 25 minutes of video showing scenes of everyday life. The video can show subtitles. Additional activities include comprehension, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, and writing activities and tests.

Videoster- English for Business

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening, vocabulary
    Publisher: Edulang
    Approximate single-unit price: $620
    Purchase options: Titles also available separately.
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adule, HE
    Six titles, each volume with 30 minutes of video and 250 exercise screens, which show authentic situations filmed in well-known companies. The video, if required, can be subtitled to assist comprehension and a glossary of the words used is available.

Visi-Pitch IV

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Kay Elemetrics
    Purchase options: call for pricing
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Hardware + software system for detailed speech analysis. In addition to the pitch, frequency, and intensity information of earlier models, this includes modules for spectral measurements, a motor speech profile, phonation (including the Sona-Match module, also sold separately), a waveform editor, and audio feedback tools. Voice games related to pitch, frequency, and intensity are motivating for younger learners. Models of speech need to be input by the teacher/clinician. Additional specialized modules are also available.This system is designed for serious speech therapy and priced to match.

Vision

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): T resource
    Publisher: NetOp
    Purchase options: lab
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    Computer lab classroom management system that lets the instructor view and control student screens. Formerly GenevaLogic.

Visual Voice Tools

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Edmark Corporation/Riverdeep
    Approximate single-unit price: $200
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    A collection of seven tools that help students develop control of their pitch, loudness, voicing, and breath. Activities begin with simple sound awareness and progress from there. Students use a microphone for input; each tool provides visual feedback in the form of an animated graphic. Originally by IBM as part of the SpeechViewer program.

Vocab

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Wida Software
    See also
    Athelstan
    RDA
    Eurocentres
    Approximate single-unit price: $110
    Purchase options: 75 for 1-5 users
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    This offers six different word game activities from word lists entered by teachers. Also included in Wida's Authoring Suite. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

Vocaboly - Vocabulary Builder

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Vocaboly Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $80
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Vocabulary practice with five elements: SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, and VOA Special English. Each has 12,000 words, with definition, phonetic spelling, and pronunciation. Users can create their own "books" of words. Each book contains eight flash cards for focusing on specified words. Each word can be assigned to a difficulty level of 0 to 5. Each user has his or her own study record and software setting, which is saved automatically when you quit the program. Study methods include a word ticker, recall, spelling, listening, multiple choice, memory game, and a Star Wars game. A demo can be downloaded from the website. See a CNET review at http://www.download.com/Vocaboly/3000-2279-10304079.html?tag=lst-0-9#cnetReview. Windows XP/Vista/7.

Vocabster

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Edulang
    Approximate single-unit price: $390
    Purchase options: Also available for single levels.
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but K-6
    Vocabulary exercises related to daily life and the contemporary environment. At the end of each level, there are 5 tests for reviewing and evaluating progress achieved. Windows2000/ XP/Vista; not verified for Windows 7. Trial download by request from the website: http://www.vocabster.com/?page=voc_download&langue=en

VOICEBook

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening
    Publisher: VOICEbook
    Approximate single-unit price: $6
    Purchase options: each story sold separately
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Learners listen to what the person is saying, then write down what they understand. Several modes are included: Dictionary mode- defines any word in the phrase; Spellcheck mode - corrects half-right words; Letter-by-letter mode - get a hint, one letter at a time; Grammar mode - grammar notes; Comments - sometimes cultural references, syntax or pronunciation explanations, or other comments. Each story is a separate VOICEbook, purchased and downloaded separately. A monthly subscription option is also available, where new titles are automatically sent to the user.

Vox Pop

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening, discussion
    Publisher: Lingonet Oy
    Approximate single-unit price: $65
    Purchase options: network
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    This multimedia CD-ROM is based on forty-eight authentic video interviews recorded on the streets of Cambridge in England. The program is built around task-based activities in which learners use language to achieve real outcomes like reporting people's opinions on widely-discussed issues. This is supplemented with a closer look at some of the particular features of authentic everyday language. See the website for demos and downloads.

VTrain (Vocabulary Trainer)

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): authoring, vocabulary
    Publisher: VTrain.net
    Approximate single-unit price: $25
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All, teacher
    Multimedia flashcard creator; ready-made translating flashcards are available between English and over 40 other languages. Powerful editor: voice recording, image edition, smart keyboard switch between 2 languages. $25 shareware. Download from the website at hhttp://www.vtrain.net/down.htm. Also on the website is a free tool for collecting words and phrases called WordClip. Windows XP/Vista/7.


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