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Deborah Healey, Editor

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WebCALIS

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): authoring
    Publisher: Humanities Computing Lab
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    WebCALIS is an experimental Java version of WinCALIS for PC, Mac, Linux/UNIX platforms. It supports over half the features of WinCALIS, and also includes numerous additional features, support for the World Wide Web as a browser applet; multiple hardware and software platforms; and HTML pages. The current version can be downloaded from http://www.humancomp.org/webcal.htm.

Where in the World /USA/ Europe/America's Past/Time is Carmen Sandiego?

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    Learning Services
    Approximate single-unit price: $15
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Detective mystery/ adventure. Students need to use travel and geographic clues to solve the mystery. Engaging story, good for group work. Different versions run on different operating systems, so take care when purchasing.

Who is Oscar Lake?

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Language Publications Interactive
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $80
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All
    Special use: bilingual versions (Sp, Fr, Ger, It)
    CD-ROM interactive mystery. Versions are available in a variety of languages, so students could try it in their language first, then again in English. Windows 98/ME/2000/NT/XP.

WiggleWorks

    Machine: Mac
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Scholastic Software
    Purchase options: 1500 for books, CDs
    Level: Beginning For: K-2
    Special use: Bilingual, elementary
    Children learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with this set of materials, including books, other print material, and CD-ROMs. Titles include Pizza, Kites, Raindrops, What Lila Loves, The Ball Game, The Tree House, What's Inside, and several others.

WinCALIS

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): Authoring
    Publisher: Humanities Computing Lab
    Approximate single-unit price: $150
    Purchase options: see website for details
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    Family of programs for authoring; interfaces with audio, video, and videodisc; Windows version of CALIS (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction System). Full range of multimedia presentation. Differs from other authoring environments by supporting complex string matching with author use of wild cards; automatic "SpellMarking" of student answers; observing Unicode conventions, i.e., all languages of the world (including IPA) uniquely identified and distinctively encoded. Contact the publisher or see the website for detailed price and ordering information.

Word Hound

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): discontinued
    Publisher: Mindplay
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: K-6
    Special use: Elementary, bilingual
    Students direct a mouse making its way through a maze, avoiding the cat and trying to reach the dog house, where they are asked questions about vocabulary. At the beginning level, learners are asked to match a picture/word combination with one of two below. Learners progress to more difficult matching questions as they work their way through the game. All instructions are spoken. Learners get more points with each correct answer. Learners can listen to instructions in English or Spanish. Available on CD-ROM or disks. A separate Spanish version is also available. Now part of One-Pick Pack (English only) or Language Pack (Spanish or French), which includes Ace Detective, Ace Explorer, Ace Inquirer, Ace Reporter, Easy Street, Race the Clock Language Arts, Word Hound, and some math titles. Pay a separate fee to install each the One-Pick Pack titles.

Word Magic Translator

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reference
    Publisher: Word Magic Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Purchase options: Home edition; other versions more
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Translation tool for Spanish-English. Products vary from home use to high-end professional translation quality. The company also offers a Spanish-English dictionary. Windows 2000/XP/Vista.

Word Smart ESL

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Wordsmart Corporation
    Approximate single-unit price: $180
    Purchase options: sets, network, site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    'Discussions' describe each word's synonyms, antonyms and derivations. Audio available in word lists and discussions. Five types of exercises: flashcards, column matching, laser review, and multiple choice involve synonym matching, while sentence completion requires typing in the best word from the set being studied. The ESL set includes 3 CD-ROMs and a DVD explaining how to use the system. Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7; Mac OS X.

WordCommand

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Lexio
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Allbut K-8
    Vocabulary drills, but with a variety of formats. Includes vocabulary via the screen saver; pop-up windows throughout the day; pop quizzes; sound cues; flash cards; information cards with examples, definitions, synonyms, and antonyms; and quick reference printouts. Authorable lists. Download a free trial from the website at http://www.wordcommand.com/product.htm.

WordOrder 2

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): grammar, authoring
    Publisher: PerLingua Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $5
    Purchase options: shareware
    Level: Teacher For: Teacher
    You provide the sentences and Word Order 2 does the rest. A great feature is that you can easily choose how the sentences are broken up. Students click on words in buttons to make a sentence. Feedback is instant; both visually (the word is added to the screen) and aurally (there are sounds for correct and incorrect choices). Free demo is limited to 5 sentences; $5 shareware for full version. Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS 9/X..

Wordsearch Creator

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, t util
    Publisher: Centron Software Technologies
    Approximate single-unit price: $15
    Purchase options: lab, site
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, teacher For: All
    Creates three types of word search puzzles: standard wordsearch (target words are hidden in a grid of letters), clues puzzles where students see clues to the hidden words, and fill-in-the-blank puzzles where students see a paragraph with the missing words found in the puzzle. Can be solved on screen, printed out, or exported to a word-processor.

Wordsmith Tools

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, writing
    Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press UK
    Approximate single-unit price: $80
    Purchase options: 55; site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All
    Integrated suite of programs for looking at how words behave in texts. WordList shows a list of all the words in a text, set out in alphabetical or frequency order. Concordancer shows any word or phrase in context, and KeyWords finds the key words in a text. Various smaller tools and extensive on-line help also included. Download the software at http://www.lexically.net/wordsmith/version5/index.html, then purchase a license.

WordWise

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Attainment Company
    Approximate single-unit price: $99
    Level: Beginning For: Adult
    Everyday vocabulary. Uses graphics, voice recording, human quality speech, and quiz, presentation and print-out options. Create a word list for each student, save it and add new words anytime. Six programs: People, community, house, outdoor, actions, adjectives with 80 words apiece. Has IntelliKeys overlays for students with limited manual dexterity. CD-ROM.

World of Words

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Discovery Educational Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $40
    Purchase options: site
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: K-8
    Special use: literacy, bilingual (Sp., Fr., Ger.)
    English vocabulary through pictures program. Point to the image to see the word, click to hear it. Listen to sentences about the pictures. Self-tests in comprehension and reproduction of vocabulary, with progress reports available. major topics are "Home and Family," "Education and Leisure," "Out and About." Help is available in English, French, Spanish, Polish, or German. A demo can be downloaded from the website.

World Talk English

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): listening
    Publisher: EuroTalk
    Approximate single-unit price: $35
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Interactive listening exercises. 10 different games covering numbers, conversations, descriptions, sentence building, directions and dictation practice. Windows 2000 or later; Mac OS X.

Write a Novel

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: WriteExpress
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    Step-by-step help for creating writing. Choose a title and write a one-line summary; choose a category of novel, create and classify characters, describe settings, and get help putting it all together. Designed for native speakers, but could be useful to encourage creative use of vocabulary for English language learners. Windows Vista, XP or 2000

Write On Plus

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Sunburst Technology
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Purchase options: each level priced separately; lab, site
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: K-12
    Special use: Literacy, elementary
    Writing activities. Different CDs for K-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12. K-3 includes children's literature and literacy activities; 3-6 includes editing, sentence combining, punctuation activities; 6-9 has process writing and literature skills; 9-12 includes more advanced writing activities. Windows ME/2000/NT/XP; Mac OS 9.

Writing Process Workshop

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $250
    Purchase options: lab, network
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
    A prompted writing program with pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading exercises. The four domains: persuasive writing, report on information/observation, autobiography, and evaluation can be purchased separately or as a complete series. Separate domains are $70 each. CD-ROM.


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