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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Chinese The Easy Way

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.8 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.7 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 03, 2006 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: The co-authors provided audio exercises to supplement their textbook Chinese the
Easy Way.
Learning Goals: Listening
Target Student Population: Beginning Chinese learners
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material:
Recommended Uses:
Technical Requirements: RealPlayer

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This website provides audio recordings for the lessons in the textbook Chinese
the Easy Way. The audio files are in .ram format and can be played using
RealPlayer. Lessons 1-2 provide pronunciation drills and lessons 3-19 vocabulary
and dialogues. Its major strength lies in the fact that the vocabulary and
dialogues are read more than once. In addition, new words are expanded to
phrases and sentences and they are repeated several times for learners.
Concerns: Users may not have the textbook to follow the audios. Information about the
textbook is not clearly presented; it is linked to the publisher’s name
(Barron’s Educational Series).

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.7 stars
Strengths: The audio quality is good and the pronunciation is very clear. It is a useful
tool for learners who have the textbook. They can enhance their listening and
speaking skills by following the audios. In particular, the recordings include
slower speed in addition to normal conversational speed.
Concerns: The site could be more useful by including English translations of vocabulary
words and simple graphics related to the contents to compensate for the absence
of texts.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site has clear instructions and is easy to navigate. There is also a link to
download RealPlayer. No special computer skills are required.
Concerns: The first part on pronunciation is much shorter than the second part on new
vocabulary and dialogue. Since both parts have the same format and the same
objective (listening and pronunciation), it would be more user-friendly to have
both parts on the same page.

Other Issues and Comments: