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
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.