This collection of ESL materials has more than 100 activities including grammar quizzes, vocabulary quizzes, and crossword puzzles. This material is for learning English in a drill-and-practice format using Java Scripts and Flash that provide learners with instant feedback. These interactive features can motivate learners to engage in activities to practice grammar, idioms, slang and homonyms in an authentic context.
This material covers a hundred topics in which the learners can use functionally appropriate English for real life situations. There are many useful vocabulary and idiomatic expressions that allow learners to express their opinions on a wide variety of topics. This material is organized by levels of learners? English proficiency, such that level 1-2 (Warming up and Easy), level 3-4 (Easy to medium and Medium), and level 5-6 (Medium to difficult and Difficult). Learners therefore can select lessons appropriate for their proficiencies in English. In most lessons, scoring features are provided at the end of the lessons. This feature facilitates the learning process, encouraging learners to continually practice again to perform better than before.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This material is more useful for individual practice rather than a teaching resource. As students? self-study, this material is recommended because it provides learners with highly individualized instruction for comprehensive grammar functions and vocabulary. By looking at the full list of the contents at the homepage, the learner can check whether those content lists match his or her own needs. Most lessons provides interactivity mainly through the practice and feedback cycle and they constantly provide feedback to the learner?s performances whether or not he or she is on the right direction of the lessons. Also, the most distinguished feature of this material is the bilingual quizzes section. The bilingual section provides twenty-seven bilingual vocabulary quizzes so that those who are barely beginners in English can choose one of the quizzes asking the questions with their native languages and start learning English in an unthreatened situation by using their first languages.
The instructional objectives and goals might not need to be specified on each lessons but if a brief annotation under the title of each lessons is provided the learner would understand the purpose of the lessons before exploring and practicing them.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Consistent interface and instruction of this material make it easy for the learners to follow the contents. The main menu icons are consistently located at the top of every each page so that learners hardly get lost during navigation of the site. And interactive feedback features such as Java scripts, Flash are provided to motivate learners to be actively engaged in their learning process. Downloading time might be problematic for Flash version of lessons but there are other choices of lessons for HTML or Java Script versions so that learners can choose them depending on their computer browser requirements and go proceed to the next task without wasting time.
There are some dead links; otherwise, no ineffective or bad features for technical use.
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