RE: [IATEFLComputer Sig] self-study software
- 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.
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Cambridge University Press
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