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Materials and software

This section of the website is divided into 3 main parts:

1. advice on selecting materials and software for language learning,

2. products to buy, and

3. useful links.

The products to buy section also contains:

Translation software and dictionaries are found in other sections of the website. 

Advice on Selecting Materials

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of materials available for learning languages. Modern materials and software such as  CD ROMs, DVDs, cassettes, and videos, provide colour, variety and sources of authentic input (examples of real language used by native speakers).  Traditional materials are mainly text-based and tend to focus more on reading and writing skills e.g. course books, work books, text books, graded readers, and grammar exercises - these can also be very useful.  All these materials are designed for language learners, but we should not forget that there is a huge amount of authentic material designed for native speakers which can be used for advanced learners, and adapted for those who are less proficient: books, magazines, newspapers, games, music, films, radio, and tv.

When selecting materials for language learning you should try to find those that match your:

  • language level e.g. advanced level
  • age group e.g. adult 
  • reason for learning the language e.g. to improve your letter writing ability
  • preferred approach e.g. like to do repetitive exercises
  • mode of learning e.g. self-study
  • price range e.g. £15 to £25
  • equipment available e.g. using Windows 95+

Look for attractive materials, which you find interesting, colourful and useful.  They should be clearly laid out and well-structured.  Borrow materials from a friend or a library first, if you can, to make sure that you can get on with them.  You can also ask your teacher or fill in a short online form to use our advisory service.

You can also consult the CILT resources library . Another possibility is the Hull CALL software database.

Global Office - an enhancement to Microsoft Office for 100+ languages

Global Writer -  a word processor with a wide range of languages

Microsoft Office Proofing Tools - allows users to proof documents in 50+ languages (currently out of stock)

CD ROMs and DVDs from Eurotalk for learners of most languages and all levels

BBC DVDs, videos, books, audio books, software


You can buy materials online from World Language Resources

Selected Products


Talk Now! Learn Arabic


RRP: £24.99


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  • Ideal For Beginners
  • Topics include: first words; phrases; food; shopping; numbers and time
  • Test Your Knowledge - easy and hard quizzes
  • Monitor Your Progress
  • On Screen Help
  • Print A Picture Dictionary


Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

Georgetown University Press

RRP: £23.50


Newly revised and packaged with two DVDs containing both audio and video exercises, Alif Baa with DVD:

Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, is the first part of the Al-Kitaab program. It teaches learners to recognize and produce both letters and sounds accurately through a variety of exercises designed to develop listening, reading, and writing skills. In addition, it introduces about 150 basic vocabulary words in authentic contexts, and it includes video footage of an Arabic calligrapher, a large collection of street signs, social greetings, capsules on Arab culture, and an English-Arabic glossary.


Teach Yourself Arabic (book and double CD pack)

Teach Yourself Books

RRP: £29.99


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Paperback - 168 pages 


The Arabic taught in this course is the standard written language of more than 150 million inhabitants of the Arab states, ranging from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east. The language in this course is based on the kind of material seen in Arabic newspapers and magazines or heard on radio and television news broadcasts.


Talk More: Arabic (PC/Mac)

Euro Talk

RRP: £29.99

  • For beginners to intermediates
  • Broadcast quality video and the latest interactive techniques
  • Ideal for travellers, holiday makers, business people, students and families


World Talk Arabic


Our Price: £29.99


Platform: Macintosh, Windows
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  • Improve your communication skills with this new disk from Eurotalk
  • Includes:-Quickfire TV quiz. 10 Language games. Recording Studio. Dictation
  • To help you learn, test and gain in experience

Intermediate level

Tell Me more Arabic 5 CD 3-4


RRP: £49.99


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  • Cutting edge Speech recognition
  • Phonectic 3D animation
  • Standard and dialectal Arabic
  • Arabic writing workbook
  • Cultural videos
  • 400 hours of learning

Beginner to proficient

Linguaphone - Dialogue

RRP: £249.90


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  • Arabic for all the family
  • Level : beginner to proficient
  • Format: high quality books and cassettes
  • ~6 books + 10 CDs + study guide  
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