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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Language Learning Library

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

3 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 3 stars
Reviewed: Aug 04, 2009 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: This is the Learn Chinese module within the Language Learning Library site. This module contains the following topics: Chinese grammar, common phrases, common nouns, numbers, time, alphabet, dictionaries, and culture.
Learning Goals: This module is basically for users who wish to learn about Chinese language and culture at a superficial level. It does not provide exercises for learners to practice.
Target Student Population: First year college students or adult self learners.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prior knowledge of Chinese is necessary. The module is entirely in English.
Type of Material: Information about the various aspects of the Chinese language.
Recommended Uses: Users who are interested in descriptions (as opposed to the use) of Chinese language and culture can use this site for classroom presentations. It can also be used for self study by students.
Technical Requirements: No special requirements. Web browser only.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: The module is well organized with detailed English descriptions about Chinese language and culture.
Concerns: The entire module is essentially descriptive in nature. The only exception is the page with links to external online dictionaries and translation tools.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: The module is useful to learners who just need a general knowledge about Chinese language and culture, e.g., students in a Chinese culture course taught in English.
Concerns: The module is not suitable for students who need to learn to use the language rather than just gather information.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This module is very well organized with clear labels and functional links. The colors are also well coordinated and visually pleasing. The menu in the left bar facilitates quick search for topics.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: Too many typing errors. Some sentences miss letters, and some sentences do not have tone markers. Some dictionaries linked in this web are actually not online dictionaries. There are some content errors. For example, the pronunciation listed for letters is not correct and accurate ( e - eh sound in egg) Not a single word in Chinese characters.