Language Learning Software
Submitted by Sarah Braun Hamilton on December 17, 2012 - 5:46pm
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I'm looking for experiences and recommendations for English language learning software. This would be for (mostly) self-directed learning on the computers in our center. Our organization owns Tell Me More and Rosetta Stone, and I can choose to have one or the other in my center (or propose another application entirely). I have looked at both of them, and they seem very different, both with their own pros and cons.
My requirements (more or less):
- Runs on Windows 7 (this is a dealbreaker)
- Saves student progress through lessons
- Same application can be used by multiple students
- Option for audio to be "broadcast" (rather than headphones only) so that a student can share the program with a tutor
- Uses speech recognition, preferably with waveform comparison
- Geared towards second language (rather than foreign language) learners
- Can be used at a wide range of levels
I would love to hear what experiences others have had using this kind of software, if any. I have some students who are very interested in doing some independent computer study, and I'd like to make some decisions soon. I do know about USALearns and some other free online resources. In this case I have a little money to spend if it means getting a reliable, quality product.