840Re: [IATEFLComputer Sig] self-study software
- Jun 8, 2003Hi George
> I've been asked to find self-study software to install on computers inPre-authored software:
> my school's Self-Access Centre. This is in a UK language school, so the
> students are of all levels and nationalities. Does anyone else have any
> suggestions for useful, tried-and-tested self-study software? I'm
> interested in pronunciation software, grammar, vocab, etc.
- Reward series of CD-ROMs. Four levels (Elem, Pre-Int, Int, Upper Int).
Like the course books, has a bit of everything: listening, grammar,
vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing. Much better than the course
books, which I don't like much at all: well staged, interactive,
challenging. Includes high quality video lessons too, which students like.
Good value (double CD of about 100 hours material for £45), though expensive
to get class sets of all levels.
- Clarity's Tensebuster 2001, 5 levels (Elem - Adv). Networked version
available. Very thorough, if not very exciting.
- Try Sky Software (Don Friend)'s stuff. We have Phonemic Alphabet, one on
Stress and Rhythm. Low production values, but pedagogically high quality.
Relatively cheap site licences.
- Educational Software Products (Angus and Sandy Savory) do several fun
programmes (apparently based on a common dictionary database): Crossword
Challenge, Word Invaders (like space invaders), Beat the Clock (guess the
word from definition before time runs out), Error Terror (similar to space
invaders). Good value, authorable, relatively cheap. We got their whole
- Educational Software Products (Angus and Sandy Savory) produce 3 Cambridge
tutors (papers 1, 2 and 3), again quite reasonably priced.
- FC Creative Writing CD-ROM is very stimulating, and quite reasonably
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