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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: John Rhoe (Student), Mar 12, 2002
Comment: I spent a significant portion of time reviewing this site. I like the concept of
this site when I first it and decided to look to whole site over and
participate with it as if I were a student. I selected one exercise from each
category in each section. By doing this I developed a basic understanding of why
these exercises were grouped the way that they were. I found the exercises to
be broad their overall scope and that they covered many pertinent topics of
interest and use to early ESL students. The quality of content in these lessons
is high, although, I feel that the exams at the end of the presentations could
be more extensive. Perhaps more such exams could be offered in the future and I
would suggest that this be done to upgrade this site and keep it in the
high-ranking category that it currently occupies. I found that this site is easy
to use and promotes user interaction by maintaining a high quality of audio
reproduction. Furthermore, the audio files downloaded quickly and I found that
that feature also promoted continued user interaction by avoiding the
frustration that comes from using poor or slow materials. Maintaining this
feature is particularly important in keeping first time users interested in
continuing with these exercises. The potential for enhancing teaching
effectiveness and learning by using these tools could be dramatic. I do not know
that this is true, as I have not yet tried this in a classroom. But, given the
breadth and depth of these fine materials, I believe that they will be quite
impactful and I conclude that this site should be maintained and expanded in
order truly fulfill its full potential.

John T. Rhoe

Technical Remarks:

The primary difference between the difficulty levels seems to be a matter of
syntactical complexity and the amount of inference required on the part of the
listener to answer the exam questions. A possible expansion of this site could
include complex pictures coupled with the spoken text and exam questions that
required the listener to draw form both as he/she answers the exam. I can also
see this program would benefit from having long sections of text available for
the listener to read as he/she listens to the sound of it. As I progressed
through the exercises, with an eye on this program as a teacher, I felt that the
program would be more readily incorporated into various curricula by the
addition of a text or lesson book that these listening exercises would then
augment.
Still, I found this site to be an excellent resource.

John T. Rhoe