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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Games that Teach

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Ismaeil Elrehaima (Student), Nov 04, 2006
Comment: Merlot “Games that Teach” http://www.funbrain.com/spell/index.html This website is a great educational website, especially for developing spelling skills. It is very useful and very helpful for young kids and it can also be used by non-native speakers of English. How to play the game:  The computer will give you twenty sets of four words.  Place a check next to the word, which is spelled wrong.  Spell the word, which you checked, correctly in the box.  If you get all twenty problems correct, you can put your name on the website’s leader board. The player has a chance to choose between an easy and a hard level. The easy level has easy and short words, while the hard level has long and hard words. After following the steps of playing the game, the player has to click on “check it!” to receive feedback and scores. The same thing will happen with each of the twenty words. The website has other games related to math, reading, etc. The one that deals with the spelling is the one that I liked the most. Because the site is originally designed for kids, it is very easy to use there is no complication at all. The number of the links is very limited and when you click on anyone of them, it smoothly takes you to the right place. I think primary school teachers can use this website to develop the spelling skills of their students. As we all know spelling is not an interesting topic to deal with, but this game makes it very interesting and great fun. Teachers of English as a second/foreign language can also use this game to develop the spelling skills of their students.

Technical Remarks:

At the bottom of the website there are very useful links for parents, teachers, etc. Technically, there are no problems regarding navigating this website or playing the spelling game. In addition, the best thing about this game is that it is free. You do not need to pay any fees for playing the game or using the website.