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Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Chi-Hua Tseng (Student), Mar 16, 2006
Comment: Overall rating: 5 out of 5

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab an interactive website free to students and teachers of English as a Second or Foreign language. This site is designed to help ESL/EFL students improve their English listening comprehension skills through practice with self-grading quiz pages. This site is also appropriate to all age levels. This is a good site for teacher to use as teaching resource and for students to use as independent study. This is an effective teaching-learning tool.

The site has hundreds of free interactive lessons for self-study or classroom use. The amount of and the depth of material is adequate. Materials include quizzes, games, and exercises for practicing reading, writing, and listening skills at the beginning through advanced levels. This site adheres to a clear organizing principle, in which listening activities are categorized by topic, proficient level, academic purpose, and the length of audio. Each listening activity includes audio, script, quiz, pre-listening exercises and post-listing exercises. The variety of listening activity is wide, which is from daily uses to academic purpose.

Overall, this site is excellent except one concern. There are too many advertisements on each page. The advertisement blocks are beside to this site’s navigation blocks. This is not easy to tell which one is internal page link, and which one is external advertisement link. This might be annoying.

Technical Remarks:

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

The quality of audio is excellent. The author provides two audio formats (Real Player and Windows Media Player), which allows many users to use the audio. In addition, script is provided in each activity, which helps students to read and listen to the content simultaneously. Moreover, activities are organized by subjects, which is easy to navigate. Finally, quiz has interactive feedbacks, which could increase learners’ interests and motivation. Overall, this site is easy to use.