Computer Assisted Language Learning

The Self-Access Centre provides a range of computer assisted language learning (CALL) programmes. Any CityU student can use the programmes in the SAC or the Language Lounge.

Details of the programmes and how to use them can be found near the computers in the SAC. Student helpers are often available to assist or offer tips on using these programmes.

CALL programmes available in the ELC

Grammar

  • Business Writing for Hong Kong - Get the CD from the SAC counter.  This program offers a good look at writing business letters with a focus on being concise.
  • Mind Game – It is similar to tic tac toe. It tests users’ abilities in different areas of English and it offers a choice of learning modes.
  • Read It - This is a great independent learning tool to help you with academic research writing in every aspect, including how to find resources, gather information and find supporting evidence quickly.  It will also help you improve your vocabulary and grammar choice as well as the way you organize your thoughts and paragraphs.
  • Tensebuster - This program covers different grammar areas using dialogues, news articles, radio broadcasts and exercises.  The Vocabulary icon on the right explains words for you and the Rule section gives a description of the grammar rule covered.
  • Virtual Language University - This program was written for City University students and is divided into 4 sections, represented by 4 buildings, each with 3 levels of difficulty. The Library offers tips on Vocabulary Building; the Lecture Theatre focuses on Listening Skills; the Language Building is for Writing Skills Practice, and the Gym is for Grammar Practice (get it? do exercise at the gym? haha).  After your lesson, you can get a report on your learning.

Listening

  • Business Speaking for Hong Kong - Get the CD from the SAC counter.  Tip:  Open the sound file first before opening the transcript.
  • CityU Interactive Online Listening Assistant - This site has 12 listening passages with exercises to help you improve your listening skills.
  • Eighteen Stories – This program provides exercises that users can do after listening to the stories.
  • LANGMaster Interactive English - Elementary Level - You need to get the CD-ROM from the SAC counter.  Dr. Lang will explain how to do the exercises. 
  • LANGMaster Interactive English - Intermediate Level - You need to get the CD-ROM from the SAC counter.  Dr. Lang will explain how to do the exercises. 
  • Streaming Speech - This program helps you learn the sounds and pronunciation of English, including speech segments and fast speech.  Read the Introduction first.  The chapters get more difficult as you progress through the program.  Transcripts are available and the "notation icon" breaks the speech down into detailed intonation patterns.
  • Ten Interactive Lessons - Get the CD from the SAC counter. This program provides 10 English lessons to teach you listening, reading, and writing.
  • Ten More Interactive Lessons - Get the CD from the SAC counter. This program provides 10 English lessons to teach you listening, reading, and writing.
  • VOICEbooks - This is an audio library of original TV and radio recordings, often by celebrities.  Go to "File" and "Open" to get a catalogue of spoken texts.  A dictionary is provided and you can slow a recording down if you are having trouble.  You can also record and listen to yourself.

Reading

  • Eighteen Stories – This program provides exercises that users can do after listening to stories.
  • LANGMaster Interactive English - Elementary Level - You need to get the CD-ROM from the SAC counter.  Dr. Lang will explain how to do the exercises. 
  • LANGMaster Interactive English - Intermediate Level - You need to get the CD-ROM from the SAC counter.  Dr. Lang will explain how to do the exercises. 
  • Read and Solve Mini-Mysteries - New stories are added every month!
  • Read and Watch Nobel Prize speeches - Go to “READ Lecture” to see the transcripts of the speeches.
  • Read It - This is a great independent learning tool to help you with academic research writing in every aspect, including how to find resources, gather information and find supporting evidence quickly.  It will also help you improve your vocabulary and grammar choice as well as the way you organize your thoughts and paragraphs.

Speaking

  • Business Speaking for Hong Kong - Get the CD from the SAC counter.  Tip:  Open the sound file first before opening the transcript.
  • Clear Speech Works - This program is good for pronunciation practice and has video clips explaining how to make the sounds.  It allows you to listen to speech samples and practice them.  You can record yourself by clicking on the RECORD button at any time. Tip: EXIT lets you return to the presentation; ESC exits the program.
  • Interview practice for HK Administrative Officers - This is a PPT of real questions used in the AO interviews.
  • Pronunciation and Speech Tutor – This program has "speech analysis" which can help you understand the mistakes you make in your pronunciation.  It teaches linking, tone, vowel sound contrast, and even looks at sounds that are especially useful for Chinese speakers.
  • Pronunciation Power - This program gives a clear demonstration of how to pronounce English sounds with mouth and tongue positioning.
  • Streaming Speech - This program helps you learn the sounds and pronunciation of English, including speech segments and fast speech.  Read the Introduction first.  The chapters get more difficult as you progress through the program.  Transcripts are available and the "notation icon" breaks the speech down into detailed intonation patterns.
  • VOICEBooks - This is an audio library of original TV and radio recordings, often by celebrities.  Go to "File" and "Open" to get a catalogue of spoken texts.  A dictionary is provided and you can slow a recording down if you are having trouble.  You can also record and listen to yourself.

Pronunciation

  • Clear Pronunciation – This site helps users learn and practice difficult sounds in English through lessons, exercises, a dictionary and games.
  • Clear Pronunciation II – This site helps users practice key areas of pronunciation.
  • Connected speech – This site provides exercises to help users speak more fluently and improve their pronunciation.
  • Clear Speech Works - This program is good for pronunciation practice and has video clips explaining how to make the sounds.  It allows you to listen to speech samples and practice them.  You can record yourself by clicking on the RECORD button at any time. Tip: EXIT lets you return to the presentation; ESC exits the program.
  • Pronunciation and Speech Tutor - This program has "speech analysis" which can help you understand the mistakes you make in your pronunciation.  It teaches linking, tone, vowel sound contrast, and even looks at sounds that are especially useful for Chinese speakers.
  • Pronunciation Power - This program gives a clear demonstration of how to pronounce English sounds with mouth and tongue positioning.
  • Sky Pronunciation Suite - This program allows you to record yourself practicing English sounds, stress and rhythm as well as giving you exercises.

Writing

  • Business Writing - Not just for Business Students! Anyone can improve his or her writing skills with this program.
  • Business Writing for Hong Kong - Get the CD from the SAC counter.  This program offers a good look at writing business letters with a focus on being concise.
  • Eighteen Stories – This program provides exercises that users can do after listening to the stories.
  • Report Writer - This program shows you how an academic report should be structured and includes a guide that helps you create your own report.
  • Tensebuster - This program covers many different grammar areas using dialogues, news articles, radio broadcasts and exercises.  The Vocabulary icon on the right explains words for you and the Rule section gives a description of the grammar rule covered.

Testing

  • IELTS - Road to IELTS - This online program provides 12 units of exercises and practice to get you ready for the IELTS test.
  • IELTS - Study Skills Success – This program will help any student improve his or her academic study skills.  Using authentic materials, this program helps you work on all disciplines as well as giving special IELTS tips.
  • Interview practice for HK Administrative Officers - This is a PPT of real questions used in the AO interviews.
  • TOEIC – Alexis - This program is designed to help students with the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) test, which is used to test one's ability to understand English as it is used in international business.  It covers listening and reading for professional situations.  Anyone who wants practice in Listening and Reading can really benefit from this program.

Vocabulary

  • Read It - This is a great independent learning tool to help you with academic research writing in every aspect, including how to find resources, gather information and find supporting evidence quickly.  It will also help you improve your vocabulary and grammar choice as well as the way you organize your thoughts and paragraphs.

Tools

  • SAC Resource Centre – You can search for a specific book or AV material in our SAC.
  • Audacity – It is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
  • Longman Online Dictionary – It is an online version of the Updated Edition of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
  • Macmillan Online Dictionary - This free online English dictionary was created by teams of lexicographers who studied real spoken and written language, showing exactly how and when words are used today. Go to options to set the dictionary for British or American English.
  • Merriam Webster Online Dictionary – It is a free online dictionary with thesaurus, audio pronunciation, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources.

 

We also have some other grammar & vocabulary games. Come & see what we have got in the SAC.