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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Foreign Language Teaching Forum: WWW Resources for Language

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 05, 2008 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: The site provides links to Internet resources for foreign language teachers including links to extensive collections, individual sites created by FL teachers and/or organizations, authentic media resources (newspapers, radio, TV), professional organizations, dictionaries, online journals, etc. In addition to general FL resources, it offers collection of sites for ten languages: Chinese, ESL, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
Learning Goals: Support for language teaching and learnin
Target Student Population: Teachers and learners of foreign/second languages. Students of all language proficiency levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Resource
Recommended Uses: The site could be used as a starting point for locating learning materials for FL learners of all levels and with variety of learning needs. FL teachers may be interested in sites that provide lessons and individual exercises developed by other FL teachers, as well as information related to professional organizations, possible sites for publication or jobs. An extensive list of authentic learning materials (online newspapers, radio, TV) can serve as a valuable source of media texts in a variety of languages.
Technical Requirements: n/a

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: While including a great variety of online resources, this metasite provides a clear and logical grouping of sites and short but helpful descriptions of almost all resources. The site design is not fancy but simple and user-friendly.
Concerns: One may spend quite a while of time before locating the desired site. It would be helpful if each link was tagged with key words that could be searchable. It would also be nice, if resources could be ranked and commented by users.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The effectiveness for teaching depends on what resources one locates and how she/he uses them. The site does not have detailed annotation of each resource it provides and it is the user herself/himself to judge its value as a teaching/learning tool. However FL teachers and learners will appreciate the fact that someone took time and put together and grouped such a variety of quality online resources thus saving users time on locating online learning resources.
Concerns: none

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The choice of resources, the way they are grouped and a short description of almost all sites could be of great help to not only novice but also to more advanced users of online resources for educational purposes. However, whether these resources benefit FL teachers/learners, depends on users themselves – their expertise in the target language, foreign/second language methodology, and/or in instructional technologies.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: None