TESOL CALL Interest Section
Deborah Healey, Editor
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Approximate single-unit price: $47
Purchase options: UK£25; lab, site
Level: Teacher For: Teacher
Flexible gap-fill/multiple choice authoring program. The teacher can copy and paste texts and clipart into GapKit from any application; create new gapped texts using GapKits's word-processing facilities; create gaps in any text simply by clicking and dragging the mouse; specify a range of up to 30 alternative answers for each gap, create multiple-choice exercises with specified or randomised distractors; specify if incorrect puntuation and letters typed in the wrong case should be penalized; include an optional 'hint line' for each gap; decide whether the hint line is to appear before or after the student attempts an answer; link a sound file with any gap; link a graphic image with any gap; resize the program window to accomodate any screen definition. A demo version can be downloaded from the website at www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/gkdemo.zip. See http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/gapkit.htm for more information.
Machine: Mac, Win
Skill(s): reading, authoring
Publisher: Wida Software
Approximate single-unit price: $110
Purchase options: £75 for 1-5 users
Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
A cloze generator that can import text from other programs and print out. Also included in Wida's Authoring Suite. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.
Gerry's Vocabulary Teacher
Approximate single-unit price: $50
Purchase options: See website for more options
Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All but K-8
A database of over 75,000 sentences in context with over 2200 keywords. Users can search and edit sentences, add sentences, and create language exercises. Keywords include academic language from the Birmingham Corpus and the Academic Word List from Victoria University in New Zealand. Each keyword includes a minimum of 10 contexts, and entries include different parts of speech, proverbs from different cultures, quotations, facts about countries, and trivia. The user can search and edit these sentences, and add more keywords or sentences of their own. And with a couple of mouse-clicks, users can choose a sequence of sentences, and build them into a complete language exercise. The program was created by Gerry Luton and Martin Holmes of the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Formerly sold through Creative Technologies.
Grammar Made Easy
Machine: Mac, Win
Publisher: DK Interactive Learning
Approximate single-unit price: $20
Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
Lessons and a game-show format; designed for native speakers. Diagnostic testing with tutorials for those topics where special attention is needed. Record-keeping.
Grammar Sense Interactive CD-ROMs
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press
Approximate single-unit price: $165
Purchase options: CDs sold individually
Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8
CD-ROMs for Basic (GSI1), intermediate (GSI2), or high-intermediate to advanced high school or adult learners (GSI3). These supplement the grammar text, Grammar Sense. Each CD-ROM includes interactive exercises, charts and usage notes with audio examples, games, and tests for learners to check their progress. CDs sold individually. Windows 98/XP; not tested on Vista.
Publisher: Gepeto Software
Approximate single-unit price: $15
Purchase options: lab, site
Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but K-3
Gaming interface, where the user answers exercises correctly to get treasure. 50 different lessons. Students can play the quest games, review the exercises with the Grammar Review feature, or do the exercises at home with the worksheets printed from the Teacher Toolbox screen. Every topic includes comprehensive and complete online help with examples. Record-keeping option. Requires Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, or NT; not compatible with Windows Vista. Download a sample from the website.
Machine: Win, Mac
Publisher: Idiom Software
Approximate single-unit price: $40
Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
Grammar exercises on beginning to advanced grammar topics. The program is editable, allowing the instructor to add customized exercises.Students have access to explanations of grammar topics and the glossary while working on exercises.
Approximate single-unit price: $390
Purchase options: Also available for single levels.
Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-3
Grammar exercises with record-keeping. Windows2000/ XP/Vista; not verified for Windows 7.Trial download from the website: http://www.gramster.com/index.php?page=g1_download&langue=en
Last updated 10 June 2010 by Deborah Healey, dhealey at uoregon dot edu