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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


ESL Learning Objects: Activities For ESL Students

by Numerous Teachers
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 25, 2008 by Teacher Education
Overview: "ESL Learning Objects: Activities for ESL Students" Web site is an Internet project of the Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Journal. It contains numerous contributions developed by many teachers. This site contains interactive quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help students learn English as a Second Language(ESL). It has links to the Internet TESL Journal as well as to the activities listed above.
Learning Goals: To assist English as a Second Language (ESL) students while they are learning English. Also to assist teachers in helping ESL students.
Target Student Population: K-12; undergrad and graduate students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: capability for audio for some activities; high speed internet for use of You Tube videos
Type of Material: Collection
Recommended Uses: The interactive quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles can provide resources for teachers and teacher candidates to help ESL students. As well, it is a useful resource for adult English language learners.
Technical Requirements: Internet connection, Java, and Flash Player. Some links require audio; The Daily English Show has links to You Tube videos and downloads of mp4 files so would require a high speed internet access.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The Web site has numerous interactive quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles to help ESL students learn and practice their English in over 40 bilingual formats. The activities present valid concept and skills for the ESL students. There are three learning levels for the students to select. Therefore, this Web site could be implemented with beginning ESL students and also advanced ESL students.
Concerns: Since the activities are developed by many educators, some activities may be of higher quality than others.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This Web site could be used in a variety of ways with different groups of learners. Teachers and teacher candidates could use the interactive quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles to assist individual ESL students. English as Second Language instructors in higher education could use the interactive quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles as models for the development of interactive activities by teacher candidates to develop specific activities for their ESL students.
Concerns: With the number of materials (over 1000) it is possible that quality control could be an issue.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This is an easy to navigate Web site. The major links are connected on the main page. It is easy to select a learning level, a language, and an activity to match. New material is highlighted as well.
Concerns: Since the activities are developed by many different teachers, the directions and formats may vary for the activities. The different activities provide easy to follow directions. The amount of material makes it easy to become distracted in the site. Teachers should be directive as to how they wish students to use the materials.