This monthly web journal provides a well organized and accessible resource for teachers of English. It includes articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and links submitted by other ESL/EFL teachers. It also includes interactive quizzes and games for students.
The site is designed to provide information that is of immediate and practical use to ESL/EFL teachers.
Target Student Population:
The site is directed toward the ESL/EFL teacher, but it also includes activities and links for students of varying levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The website is extremely user friendly, so only basic knowledge of site navigation is required.
Type of Material:
This journal is organized in 3-4 distinct sections each month: teaching techniques, lesson plans, articles, and announcements. All articles submitted are reviewed according to the guidelines set forth by a review committee, which in turn presents the reader with well-written and pertinent information that can be immediately utilized in the classroom. Past journals are clearly archived according to topic as well as chronologically. Along with the journal, the website includes a wealth of quizzes, games, and activities that can either be used by a student online or adapted for the classroom by the teacher. There is also an online quiz generator which allows the teacher to create personalized on-line quizzes that can then be uploaded to the website and shared. Links to other ESL/EFL sites and popular search engines are also referenced.
Some of the on-line quizzes require Flash Player for plug-ins.
Evaluation and Observation
This website is extremely well organized and user friendly. Each section is clearly marked as to its purpose and content, allowing the user to find pertinent material without getting lost. Articles submitted to the journal must adhere to a strict list of guidelines and must pass inspection before being published online. These guidelines allow for well written articles that are uniformly formatted, systematic, and highly readable. The articles share teaching ideas and lesson plans in a manner that any teacher will find helpful as they look to adapt them for their classrooms. Since the articles are peer submitted, most of the ideas are tried and true methods that have been employed successfully by other teaching professionals. Other articles offer ideas dealing with multi-culturalism, technology, and other current topics in the ESL/EFL teaching field from the perspective of the teacher.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is a perfect resource for teachers who are looking for immediate and practical ideas for their classroom. Each article and activity submitted is done so with the express purpose of offering useful materials that can be integrated immediately into the classroom. Teachers will be able to locate specific lesson plans and/or ideas dealing with particular topics with ease since the articles are written and categorized for that purpose. Also, as mentioned before, there are various resources available on this site (on-line textbooks, games, puzzles, scavenger hunts, quizzes) that can be used by the student directly online or by the teacher in creating lesson plans. The online quiz generator is an excellent tool for teachers in helping them to create personalized quizzes for their students,
which they can in turn use out of class for practice. The interactive nature of the quizzes make them engaging and fun for the students and can include fill in the blank, multiple choice, images, and true/false questions. The questions are randomly generated ensuring that students never take the same quiz twice. It also includes a number of bilingual quizzes in over twenty languages as well as activities for students of varying levels.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is a no-frills website and is, as they say on their site, ?optimized for speed.? There are no advertisements or non-essential images that can slow loading time, rather it was created to be accessible to those with even the slowest internet connection. The home page offers a clear start-point with clearly labeled headings and links. It is very difficult to get lost in the site as everything is plainly referenced and there are always links leading you back to the homepage. It is never busy or cluttered. Overall, the site is very streamlined and user friendly. Its simple color scheme and uniform format allow the reader to read and navigate the site with ease. As it is with all aspects of the website, it is very straightforward and helpful, allowing for enjoyable, uncomplicated, and informative browsing.