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Q: Education market research ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Education market research
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: yoelgivol-ga
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Posted: 04 Jan 2003 15:15 PST
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Question ID: 137518
Who are the leading providers of English as a second Language ( AKA
ELT/EFL) in print and computer based programs ( CD and on-line), in
the US market.
Subject: Re: Education market research
Answered By: ragingacademic-ga on 05 Jan 2003 03:10 PST
Dear yoelgivol,

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 don’t 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, “Let’s Go,” Q, Ellis and English
Express Deluxe.

Dyned’s “Let’s 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 layperson’s approach to the task
of selecting ESL software at –

And manages what is likely the most comprehensive list of ESL software
anywhere – it’s at –

Leading ESL Resources in Print

As far as print resources go, you may want to check out the following
book –

"Building an ESL Collection for Young Adults: A Bibliography of
Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction for Schools and Public Libraries"

It’s by Laura Hibbets McCaffery, and was published in 1998 by

It’s 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


Additional Links:

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
is at –

(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

Search Strategy:

esl software "second language"
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