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As a future elementary school teacher and as a second language learner myself I looked at this website from both a teacher?s and student?s point of view. The website is kind of like a one stop for ESL/ EFL teachers (hence the name EFL Pit stop) it has a automatic translation link, tips on how to get your own EFL book published, a bookstore, free sample materials, games, discussion forums, etc. For students there are links to free e-mail, pen pals, English language schools, etc. These sites are sometimes in Japanese and Spanish. Many of the games are fun and do not involve many materials. Some do have directions that are a bit unclear. The game battle spaceships, as noted by it?s author, is difficult to explain to students. Many games use idioms or other such phrases that would not be appropriate for ESL/EFL teachers teaching Australian, Canadian or American English as idioms differ from region to region. Slight revision of these materials would be necessary.A very big plus for the activities and games is that they have graphics that are of immense help in understanding exactly what the activity entails. The various links to other ESL/EFL sites are great! Overall this is a very useful site and definitely worth a look.
The site is generally very well run and well organized. I was disappointed that the automatic translation service was no longer available. Although as one of the coauthors Sarah stated, the quality of these translation services is sometimes not the best (hmm, would that have anything to do with the service no longer being offered) it is very convenient and useful. Another disappointment was the link to the free e-mail. I was sent to cataloguelink.com,
which although highly unlikely could be the correct URL as I am not a computer genius.