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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Language and Linguistics Resources

by Kylie Hsu
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Nov 29, 2002 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: This site is a Chineses language and linguistics resource. The site includes
exercises in grammar and vocabulary, practice in learning the language and
culture, sites for downloading software, and related links to items like radio
stations for direct experience with the Chinese language.
Learning Goals: Students will increase their knowledge of Chinese and also will learn about
Chinese culture.
Target Student Population: This site is valuable for anyone who wants to learn Chinese.

Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some of the Chinese language links require some prior knowledge of Chinese since
they are geared towards the intermediate or advanced learner.
Type of Material: The material consists of various kinds of language instruction. It also offers
links to cultural and historical sites.
Recommended Uses:
Technical Requirements: Some of the links the browser might have to be configured to display the Chinese
characters.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The purpose of this site is to allow a learner of Chinese or a person from China
to access a wide variety of resources. The resource links are provided in list
form, so the student may choose the items needed. It offers such a variety and
depth of resources that anyone can find material of interest. Links are also
listed in a way that they can be easily navigated from link to link and also
easily back to the index page. The links are also directly related to the
subject matter and therefore are all relevant and interesting. Language learners
can listen to audio recordings and video clips of real life situations.
Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This website could be very useful as a teaching resource since it offers such a
variety of material. Not only can information from this site be used for
language learning but also for history, literature, art, and so on. Some online
programs are also offered on this website. Since the information is easy to
understand, especially with teacher guidance as to specific information to
consider for each student?s need, it is a valuable tool for any student.
There are also some grammar and vocabulary sites where students can practice
their skills. This could be done as part of class instruction or as independent
learning. Some of the material could also be easily integrated into a social
studies/Chinese history and culture curriculum.

I like the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival site depicting cultural activities,
and the free software download sites (always a great teacher resource), and
lastly, the use of audio and video to allow students to view and to listen to
the language as spoken by native Chinese, to enhance their perception of
language in use. There are many activities to gain student interest: for
example, my new Chinese name is Wu Baomu, meaning praise, commending, honor,
admire, desire and longing.
Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site overall is well organized and the fonts are easy to read. Navigation
is easy and can be understood by the learner. There is good use of color which
enhances the content of the site. All buttons, labels, menus were visually
distinct All links work, are relevant, and students would easily be able to get
back to the index page from the links. Students really cannot get lost in this
site since it is well designed. The audio quality was also good.
Concerns:

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