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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


Selected English materials to buy

- for beginners, beginners - intermediate, elementary-advanced, intermediate-advanced, advanced, children, business & all levels

Selected Products

Beginner to Advanced

Tell Me More - English 8.0


RRP: £49.99


Usually dispatched in 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability

  • Over 250 hours of learning and 40 types of activities
  • Over 1,200 exercises and 40 types of activities
  • 3 lesson modes for a personalized learning experience
  • S.E.T.S technology and speech recognition: 3D animation
  • Interactive dialogue and MPEG videos
  • Explore the world of dubbing with Film Set
  • Learning on the go: Audio CDs or MP3 files created from WAV source files
  • A step-by-step activity guide in PDF format
  • High quality headset included


Talk Now! Learn English

Eurotalk Limited

Our Price: £24.99


Platform: Macintosh, Windows
Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability


  • Talk Now! is designed for people who want to learn a language quickly
  • It's addictive, fun and makes learning easy
  • If you don't have time to become fluent, but need the basics in a hurry, Talk Now! is for you
  • Comprehensive:-Topics include; first words, phrases, shopping, numbers and time
  • Ideal for beginners


Listen! Interactive English Lessons 1

Eurotalk Limited

Our Price: £20.99


Platform: Macintosh, Windows
Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability


  • Ten interactive English lessons
  • Ten fun lessons for beginners of learning English, covering topics of interest including conversation, at work, and on the beach
  • Sound and pictures, combined with quizzes are used to help understand English
  • Printable Gold, Silver and Bronze awards encourage students to excel
  • All sound is recorded with native speakers
  • Simple, fun and easy to use

Beginner - Intermediate level

English Tutor Box Set

ESL Pro Systems

RRP: 59.99 USD

This 6-CD collection of English language software is just like having your own tutor in a box!

Elementary - Advanced

The Listening Business: listening exercises based on BBC Radio Programmes

Language learning software from Clarity - order online now - see tense buster and mind game! 

Intermediate - advanced level

Authentik- resources in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and English for intermediate and advanced level language learners

Advanced level

Advanced English - Inspector Morse DVD

Eurotalk Limited

Our Price: £34.99


Platform: Macintosh, Windows Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability


  • Advanced English is an inovation in language learning which gives you the starring role.
  • Be Inspector MORSE by replacing his voice with yours as the movie rolls.
  • Cutting edge technology enables you to take part in the English series Morse as if real.
  • Become characters, choose your favorite scene and re-record it giving yourself the best lines.
  • Play a virtual reality game show against an onscreen competitor.
  • Discover new games.

For Children

Bridge to English

Our Price: £9.95

Intense Software: Bridge to English DVDs and CD ROMs for learners of English using games, stories and vocabulary learning exercises

For children

Britannica Key Stage 1: English (5 to 7 Years) (PC)


RRP: £9.99

  • High quality graphics, sound and animation help retain student interest.
  • Presents teaching material in a fun and interactive manner.
  • Encourages independent learning.
  • Authored by practising teachers.
  • Covers National Curriculum.
  • Easy to install and use
  • Letter recognition
  • Letter case (upper & lower)
  • Word building
  • Letter combinations
  • Word recognition
  • Listening skills
  • Sequencing events in a story

For Children

Letts GCSE English 2007/2008 (PC)


Our Price: £9.99

Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours, but click on the image for our latest price and availability



  • Clear and effective revision aid designed to improve your GCSE grade
  • Written by experienced examiners and teachers
  • Suitable for all boards and levels
  • Includes printable mock exam papers

For Children

KS3 English SATs/National Test Practice Papers (Paperback)

Letts Educational

Our Price: £8.99

These papers provide all the practice necessary for total success in the SATs National Tests, with brand new questions reflecting the latest curriculum changes.

"Letts'" authors are examiners and teachers with proven records of helping children to achieve top grades.

The book's questions and format are similar to the real National Tests and the answer section is clearly laid out for both parents and children.

This book gives children essential practice for SATs success. It tests all topics on a need to know basis. It builds a child's confidence by previewing the test format.


For Children

Garfield Pre 3-4 years: Letters and Words (PC)


RRP: £16.99

Garfield and the tiger activities include:

  • Alphabet book A-M
  • Alphabet book N-Z
  • Upper and lower case
  • Beginning letters
  • Letter concentration

Business English

Talk Business: English (PC CD)


RRP: £29.99

  • A wide range of topics: business meetings, trading, IT, the internet, advertising, negotiations, banking and many more.
  • Words spoken by native speakers so you can repeat and learn.
  • Quizzes that test your knowledge.
  • The chance to record your pronunciation, compare it to your 'teacher's' ? and then award yourself marks for ability!
  • Three levels of awards to achieve.
  • Automatic localisation - lets you choose the language you learn from.
  • A printable phrasebook of what you've learnt.

All levels

Bridge to English



CD ROMs from Intense e.g. Bridge to English for speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Turkish

All levels

English Dialogue Course by Linguaphone on CD

RRP: £279.90



  • English for all the family
  • Level : beginner to proficient
  • Format: high quality books and cassettes

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