Shalom, and thanks for your question. First, let me request that if
any of the following is unclear or if you require any further research
please dont hesitate to ask me for a clarification.
You requested information about leading providers of ESL programs in
the US market.
Computer-based ESL Resources
Your first stop, on the software end, should be a 1998 article titled
BEST BETS FOR THE ESL CLASSROOM which is available online at
This article, by Ana Bishop, reviews and compares the four most
popular computer-based ESL programs, Lets Go, Q, Ellis and English
Dyneds Lets Go is now at
Gessler Publishing was located at
Gessler Publishing Co., Inc.
10 East Church Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24011
but seems to have gone out of business recently; no news on what
happened to the Q system.
ELLIS can be found at
Davidson became Knowledge Adventure under the Cendant brand, and now
seems to be a part of Vivendi Universal. At some point, they sold
English Express to the Linguaphone Group, and the program is now at
Old version of the Davidson product seem to be making the rounds on
the Web, for example
A more academic perspective on computer-based second-language learning
is available from
Note that Professors Warschauer and Healey mention all vendors of the
above programs in their paper.
Professor Healey provides more of a laypersons approach to the task
of selecting ESL software at
And manages what is likely the most comprehensive list of ESL software
anywhere its at
Leading ESL Resources in Print
As far as print resources go, you may want to check out the following
"Building an ESL Collection for Young Adults: A Bibliography of
Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction for Schools and Public Libraries"
Its by Laura Hibbets McCaffery, and was published in 1998 by
Its reviewed by Mary Ellen Quinn in the Feb 15, 1999 issue of
Booklist, and is available from Amazon at
I hope this response adequately addresses your request. Please let me
know if you are in need of additional information concerning this
Extremely comprehensive directory of sites for teachers of the English
Another very good ESL portal is at
The association of Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages
(lots more material there)
Comprehensive directory of English Language Technology resources (but
not hyperlinked; however, many email contact addresses)
The Computer Assisted Language Learning Center at Berkeley
esl software "second language"