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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


Selected Products


Talk Now! Learn Russian


Our price: £24.99



  • 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

Elementary level

World Talk Russian


Our Price: £19.99


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  • quickfire TV quiz
  • 10 language games
  • recording studio - gain confidence in speaking
  • dictation - 6 stories to give practice at dictation
  • printable worksheets

Beginners, intermediate & advanced

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

Rosetta Stone

Our Price: £339.00


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


  • 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.

Beginner to proficient

Russian Dialogue Course


RRP: £249.90

  • Russian for all the family
  • Level : beginner to proficient
  • Format: high quality books and CDs
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