Re: [IATEFLComputer Sig] self-study software
- Hi 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
CALL Coordinator, St Clare's, Oxford, UK
IATEFL Computer SIG Webmaster
- 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
ELTD, University of Strathclyde
Tel: 0141 - 548 - 3065 (John Anderson campus) 0141 - 950 - 3620 (Jordanhill
ELTD Website: http://www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/ELTD/index.html
From: George Daniels [mailto:majdnem@...]
Sent: 04 June 2003 12:55
Subject: [IATEFLComputer Sig] self-study software
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.
General English Teacher, UK
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- At 12:55 04/06/2003 +0100, George Daniels wrote:
>Hi everyoneApologies for the vested interests, but here are some highlights from the
>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.
>General English Teacher, UK
* 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.
Electronic Development Manager
English Language Teaching & Dictionaries
Cambridge University Press
Direct line: (01223)325880
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