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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Language Learning & Technology

by Dorothy Chun, Irene Thompson
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: May 13, 2008 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: Language Learning & Technology is a scholarly refereed journal that seeks to disseminate research to second and foreign educators in the US and around the world on various topics (i.e. 38 topics) related to technology and language education. The journal, which is published three times a year (February, June, and October), is published on the World Wide Web only.
Learning Goals: The site provides useful information related to technology and language teaching that is of practical use to ESL/EFL researchers, teachers, and educators.
Target Student Population: Language educators
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Each issue is organized in two main sections: feature articles and reviews. Related resources of the site also provides for viewers.
Recommended Uses: Reference
Technical Requirements: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Since 1997, this journal has served as the premier venue for scholarly work in language learning technology. Viewers can browse: articles by author, title, topic, issue, and special issue; book reviews by author or title, multimedia reviews, and website reviews; and issue. Users can contact sponsors, board, and the editorial staff of a current issue by visiting a “Masthead” link. To view other users of the site, click on “Visitor locations”, which is an external link.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site is a perfect resource for educators and researchers who are looking for various topics related to new technologies and language learning and teaching. In addition, the review section introduces viewers to new books, software and online resources.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The layout is consistent and easy to navigate. The screens are easy to read. There are no advertisements and images that can slow loading time. It is difficult to get lost on the site because the site has the same links on every page.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: None