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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

 

Not sure what to buy?  Why not use our advisory service and fill in a short online form?

Selected Products


Beginners

Michel Thomas Foundation Course: Italian (Michel Thomas) [Audiobook] (Audio CD)

Michel Thomas

Our Price: £69.99

 

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

Michel Thomas's approach to language learning aims to provide in a few hours a functional working knowledge of a language without books, note-taking or conscious memorizing. This course provides an eight-hour course.


Beginners

Rapid Italian

Earworms

Our Price: £11.99

 

  • essential words and phrases
  • ideal for your iPod
  • Audio CD with Phrase book
  • lots of repetition by native speakers
  • enjoyable background music
  • click on the image to order online

Beginners

Talk Now! Learn Italian

Eurotalk Limited

Recommended Retail Price: £24.99

 

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


CD-ROM

Features:

  • It's addictive, fun and makes learning easy
  • Topics: first words, phrases, shopping, numbers and time
  • Ideal for beginners

Beginners, intermediate & advanced

Rosetta Stone V3 Italian Level 1-2-3 Personal Edition (Mac/PC)

Rosetta Stone

RRP: £339.00

 

 

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

Features:

  • Rosetta Stone Language Learning Software CD ROM
  • Application CD ROM
  • Activation ID Card
  • User's Guide
  • Quickstart Card
  • Headset Setup Card
  • End User License Agreement
  • Keyboard Labels
  • Rosetta Stone icon decal. Headset.

Beginners

For more details on "All Talk"  - the new audio course on CD click here

 


Beginners, intermediate & advanced

Tell Me More - Italian 8

CD-ROM - Auralog

Recommended Retail Price: £51.98

 

 

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

 

 

Intermediate - advanced level

 

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


All levels

Italian Dialogue Course on cassette

Also available on CD

RRP: £249.90

 
  • Italian for all the family
  • Level : beginner to proficient
  • Format: high quality books and cassettes
  • ~4 books + 10 cassettes or 9 CDs + study guide

Advanced

Michel Thomas Advanced

Michel Thomas

Recommended Retail Price: £50

 

 

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

Michel Thomas's approach to language learning aims to provide in a few hours a functional working knowledge of a language without books, note-taking or conscious memorizing. This course provides an eight-hour course.

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