Explanatory lessons in English grammar basics, with practice exercises to test learners proficiency
with each aspect of grammar.
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To improve English grammar skills through instruction and practice exercises
Target Student Population:
Learners of English, General Education
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic knowledge of English grammar
-Concise and useful explanations and practice exercises to hone English grammar.
-Fill in the blank and rewriting exercises provide challenging examples at both Basic and
-Links take the learner to the ESC Writers Complex, which has many good resources, but is poorly organized and has some misleading subject headings (topics have been changed).
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
-Exercises are useful for independent study or as classroom practice.
-Several practice exercises test competency at both Basic and Advanced levels.
-Exercises provide basis from which teachers can create additional practice examples.
-It is sometimes difficult to determine the authors intent for in the completion of practice exercises.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Feedback given on users responses - gives correct answer when student response is incorrect.
Many sub-topics; user must click through several options to arrive at a beginning point. For some exercises, only one suggested response is given when other responses are possible; student, therefore, does not always know if submitted answer is correct. Sub-topics of each broader lesson would be better included as a single unit, rather than as separate links, so that the learner is led to review all aspects of the topic before completing the practice exercises. Exercises can be accessed directly from the lesson, but are also indexed separately from the lesson. In the latter instance, there should be a link back to the appropriate lesson (or sub-lesson) that covers the material tested, so that the learner can easily reference the pertinent information. Some practice exercises that follow the lessons include material from lessons that are reviewed in later lessons of the site (i.e. practice exercises for Adjectives & Adverbs follow the Nouns & Adjectives lesson, but Adverbs are addressed in a later lesson.
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