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Reading Skills

Basic Skills Interactive (Adult Pre-GED)
This is a highly interactive program that fully engages learners in a study of basic reading skills which include management, pretests, post-tests, instruction, graphics, hints, explanations, and motivators. (Steck-Vaughn)

English Tutor (High Beginner – Low Intermediate)
This CD-ROM based multimedia instructional program provides interactive lessons using graphics, speech, voice recording and playback. Teaches English grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension and speaking practice. (Exceller Software Corp. www3.viaweb.com)

The Rosetta Stone (Beginning – Intermediate ESL)
This program works through an extensive series of details that associate text, spoken words, and pictures, clearly teaching the vocabulary and grammar. Dictation lessons develop writing skills, including capitalization and punctuation. Icon-driven operation for ease of use. (Fairfield Language Technologies)

MHC Interactive GED
A computerized GED preparation program designed to learn and review the content areas tested on GED exams.

Ultimate Speed Reader (Grades 8-12 and Adult)
This CD helps students increase reading speed and comprehension with six activities and a personalized training plan. Students become more efficient readers as they learn how to effectively use their eyes, increase their rate of perception, and use their peripheral vision to read more words at once. Includes over 200 exciting reading passages in 10 categories. (Educational Software Institute, Inc.)



Grammar

English Interactive Levels I and 2
A highly interactive grammar-based software designed to engage English learners through real-life workplace dramatizations and a variety of activities designed to develop and exercise a language learner’s listening, reading, writing, and pronunciation skills.

Focus on Grammar (Basic, Intermediate, Hi-Intermediate, Advanced)
These innovative four–level CD-ROM programs provide extensive multimedia grammar practice through lively reading, listening, and writing activities. (Exceller Software Corp www.exceller.com)

English Micro Lab
A developmental English computer program that offers instruction and practice in the basics of grammar, punctuation and mechanics. Includes assessment, recognize and repair exercises, and mastery tests. (Houghton – Mifflin www.hmco.com)

Perfect Copy Classic (Middle to High School)
Contains 3 reading levels to choose from, 500 stories and letters to edit, 11 skill areas to improve upon, 200 grammar rules, multiple clue levels and word lists. Develops proofreading skills and complements whole language learning. (Advantage Learning Systems)

Spelling Counts I, II, III (Grades 7-8, ESL, ABE)
Includes homonyms, contractions, regular plurals, exceptions to rules, and spelling demons. (Queue, Inc. www.queueinc.com)

Write On ! (High School)
Word processor-based activities help students develop their thinking and writing skills. (Humanities Software)



Videotapes
Accent Correction Series (ESL)
This videotape set focuses on accent correction / reduction for speakers of English whose first language is Spanish. Includes word stress and blending, problem consonants and more. (Crossroads Video)

Easy Accent (ESL)
This 45-minute videotape with companion textbook helps students improve their accent of American English by actually seeing how to make the correct sounds by watching and listening to a professional teacher. (International Effectiveness Centers)

Literary Visions
Explores literature and literary analysis through dramatizations, readings and discussions of short fiction, poetry, plays, and essay (classic and contemporary). Builds critical thinking and writing skills. Includes 26 half-hour programs on 13 cassettes and teacher’s guide. (The Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection)

The Real Thing (Advanced ESL-College)
This video set contains fifteen college lectures, each 10-15 minutes long, focus on skills essential for success in college. With the companion book, students increase listening comprehension, develop vocabulary, practice note taking, improve study skills, learn critical thinking strategies and more. (Delta Systems Co. Inc.)

The Write Course
Includes specific techniques related to sentence structure, word choice, and style; mini-documentaries focus on real-life writing problems. Includes 30 half-hour programs on 15 cassettes. (The Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection)

Voices & Visions
The lives and works of 13 renowned American poets are interpreted through dramatic readings, archival photographs, dance, performances and interviews. Poems are accompanied by insights about their historical and one-hour cultural connections. Contains 13 one-hour programs on 13 cassettes and faculty guide. (The Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection)

Vocabulary

The Rosetta Stone (Beginning – Intermediate ESL)
This program works through an extensive series of details that associate text, spoken words, and pictures, clearly teaching the vocabulary and grammar. Dictation lessons develop writing skills, including capitalization and punctuation. Icon-driven operation for ease of use. (Fairfield Language Technologies)

Word Roots (Intermediate-Advanced)
A program which focuses on building vocabulary through the learning of word roots, prefixes and suffixes in an interactive game-like environment