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  • Lesley Shield
    With apologies for the accidental omission in the original posting of the dates for this conference. CALL FOR PAPERS Independent Language Learning: New
    Message 1 of 6 , Mar 17, 2003
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      With apologies for the accidental omission in the original posting of the
      dates for this conference.

      CALL FOR PAPERS
      Independent Language Learning: New Research Directions
      Department of Languages, The Open University UK
      4th-5th December 2003

      This conference will focus on new research into independent language
      learning, concentrating particularly on:

      * Distance language learning
      * Computer-Mediated Communication
      * Internet applications in language learning
      * Learner strategies and strategy training
      * Intercultural issues in language learning, including online
      * Assessment and feedback
      * E-literacy
      * Materials and curriculum design

      Other aspects of independent learning such as learner advising,
      non-specialist learners or study abroad are by no means excluded.

      PLENARY SPEAKERS include:

      * Andrew Cohen, University of Minnesota, USA
      * Mike Levy, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
      * David Little, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
      * Cynthia White, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

      We invite abstracts of no more than 400 words for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, which
      are 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. They
      should be submitted by 28th April 2003.

      To submit your abstract online, please point your browser to:
      http://dol-conf.open.ac.uk

      Alternatively, please submit your abstract in the body of an email -
      attachments are NOT acceptable - to arrive by 28th April 2003. Emails should
      be entitled: "DoL-Conference: abstract submission" and sent to:
      Dol-conference@.... Please make sure that you include: your name,
      address, institution, conference theme(s), title of your paper, name of
      co-author/s.

      All submissions will be acknowledged and authors of accepted abstracts will
      be notified by 30th May 2003.

      The language of the conference is English.

      It is anticipated that selected papers from the conference will be
      published.

      Details of registration will be posted on the conference website at
      http://dol-conf.open.ac.uk



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    • George Daniels
      Hi everyone I ve been asked to find self-study software to install on computers in my school s Self-Access Centre. This is in a UK language school, so the
      Message 2 of 6 , Jun 4, 2003
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        Hi everyone

        I've been asked to find self-study software to install on computers in
        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.

        Thanks in advance for your help.

        George Daniels

        General English Teacher, UK
        majdnem@...



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      • Maria Jordano
        Hi all, I love Reward by Heinneman, and my student do not want other thing... However I think it is not an updated method nowadays and I suposse there will be
        Message 3 of 6 , Jun 7, 2003
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          Hi all,

          I love Reward by Heinneman, and my student do not want other thing... However I think it is not an updated method nowadays and I suposse there will be other things to buy... Try visiting WIDA at www.wida.co.uk

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        • Geoff Taylor
          Hi George ... Pre-authored software: Integrated lessons: - Reward series of CD-ROMs. Four levels (Elem, Pre-Int, Int, Upper Int). Like the course books, has a
          Message 4 of 6 , Jun 8, 2003
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            Hi George

            > I've been asked to find self-study software to install on computers in
            > 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.

            Pre-authored software:
            Integrated lessons:
            - 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.
            Grammar:
            - Clarity's Tensebuster 2001, 5 levels (Elem - Adv). Networked version
            available. Very thorough, if not very exciting.
            Pron:
            - 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.
            Vocabulary:
            - 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
            catalogue!
            Exam software:
            - 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
            priced.


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          • Richard Davie
            You might want to look at GrammEx from the TELL Consortium based in at Hull Uni (at http://www.hull.ac.uk/cti/tell/). It s no-nonsense, read-the-explanation,
            Message 5 of 6 , Jun 9, 2003
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              You might want to look at GrammEx from the TELL Consortium based in at Hull
              Uni (at http://www.hull.ac.uk/cti/tell/). It's no-nonsense,
              read-the-explanation, click-and-bash software, but it is incredibly CHEAP,
              but perfectly good for the serious (higher level?) grammar-phile, and in our
              experience as well used as the fancier products like Tensebuster.

              For pronunciation, I was impressed by Sky Software's Stress & Rhythm and
              Word & Phrasal Stress (see http://www.skysoftwarehouse.com/programs.html)

              I'm not sure how well it would work for self-study, but you could try
              automatice exercise-generation software of the Wida Storyboard type: you
              would have to feed in the texts, the programme does the rest. Whether the
              students take to it is another matter. Again, a no-nonsense version of this
              kind of thing is Fun with Texts by Camsoft
              (http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/).

              Richard Davie
              ELTD, University of Strathclyde
              Tel: 0141 - 548 - 3065 (John Anderson campus) 0141 - 950 - 3620 (Jordanhill
              campus)
              ELTD Website: http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/ELTD/index.html

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              From: George Daniels [mailto:majdnem@...]
              Sent: 04 June 2003 12:55
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              Subject: [IATEFLComputer Sig] self-study software


              Hi everyone

              I've been asked to find self-study software to install on computers in
              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.

              Thanks in advance for your help.

              George Daniels

              General English Teacher, UK
              majdnem@...



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            • Andrew Harley
              ... Apologies for the vested interests, but here are some highlights from the Cambridge collection: * the new (Cambridge) English Pronouncing Dictionary 16th
              Message 6 of 6 , Jun 12, 2003
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                At 12:55 04/06/2003 +0100, George Daniels wrote:
                >Hi everyone
                >
                >I've been asked to find self-study software to install on computers in
                >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.
                >
                >Thanks in advance for your help.
                >
                >George Daniels
                >
                >General English Teacher, UK
                >majdnem@...

                Apologies for the vested interests, but here are some highlights from the
                Cambridge collection:

                * the new (Cambridge) English Pronouncing Dictionary 16th edition, with for
                the first time a CD-ROM, for pronunciation reference and practice
                * the new Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary CD-ROM, especially
                perhaps the SmartThesaurus feature which should prove very useful both for
                self-study vocabulary expansion and for lesson preparation
                * Telephoning in English CD-ROM
                * the "bonus extra CD-ROM" with English and Essential Grammar in Use
                * our TOEFL preparation CD-ROM
                * New Interchange CD-ROMs (for American English)
                * English in Toby CD-ROMs (for young learners)
                * the older, already mentioned, First Certificate Creative Writing CD-ROM
                (requires a freely available patch for Windows 2000+)

                I'll leave others to comment on how useful they find these products.

                See http://uk.cambridge.org/elt/cdrom for full details on these and other
                Cambridge ELT CD-ROM products.


                Andrew Harley
                Electronic Development Manager
                English Language Teaching & Dictionaries
                Cambridge University Press

                Direct line: (01223)325880

                http://uk.cambridge.org/elt/cdrom

                Cambridge Dictionaries Online - the web's favourite learner's dictionary
                http://dictionary.cambridge.org
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