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Peer Review


by Charles Kelly


Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 13, 2008 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: This page provides Hangman, a game related to the Halloween theme for ESL learners. It is part of the Flash Hangman Games for ESL Students of the site. It is easy for students to understand how to play. If they have six wrong guesses, they will lose. The game randomly selects easy or difficult vocabularies for each play.
Learning Goals: The site provides useful practice for ESL/EFL teachers and students.
Target Student Population: The page is good for ESL/EFL beginners to the intermediate level. It is also good for ESL/EFL teachers to apply to their classes.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Vocabulary related to Halloween
Type of Material: The page provides an online Hangman game for students.
Recommended Uses: Independent use or in class
Technical Requirements: Web Browser, JAVA, Flash

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site has a clear purpose. It can be used as material in class. EFL/ESL teachers can integrate this site directly to their teaching.
Concerns: The topic is quite narrow.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This page is a good resource for ESL/EFL teachers who are looking for immediate and practical exercises for Halloween. This page can be used by students directly online in their leisure time. They can learn more from the “Show Hint” function (even though the hint counts as one wrong guess).
Concerns: Teachers need to develop extension materials, reading materials, vocabulary lists, and other materials in order to use the page in their teaching.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: It is easy to navigate the page. Learners can click a letter on the screen. The letters are placed on a similar position as on a computer keyboard. The screen will show the results of each click. The site provides drop down menu lists for linking to other pages of the same site (i.e.
Concerns: When students click on the same error that they do in each game, they should not be deducted the point (as in other Hangman online game).

Other Issues and Comments: None