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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


English-Zone.Com

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 19, 2001 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: English-Zone.com is a student-friendly site that addresses all language skills for learners of English as a second language.
Target Student Population: Learners of English as a second language, child and adult.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site provides practice and immediate scoring in such areas as prepositions,spelling, reading comprehension, verbs, idioms, writing, and vocabulary. It further includes a messageboard, references, study tips, and jokes. Updated frequently, the site clearly identifies newly posted content. While some activities are directed at younger learners, most of the site's pages will also appeal to older audiences. For teachers, it offers links, product reviews, game ideas, and printable worksheets.
Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Because its exercises deal with the trouble spots of English usage, the site is quite useful for both teaching and independent study. It could easily be integrated into reading and writing courses. A broad use of humor and uniform formatting of content pages make English-Zone.Com engaging and comprehensible for users.
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Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This award-winning site is searchable and easy to navigate. Screens exhibit attractive colors, comical graphics, a judicious amount of animation, and very legible fonts. Users are invited to chat with the creator, add their own links, and evaluate this highly interactive site.
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