This website represents an English language reference and tutorials offered by Department of English Studies at University of Calgary in Canada.
Type of Material:
Drill and Practice
Use with tutor in a writing lab or as an in-class writing assignment.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The basic elements of English Grammar
Target Student Population:
High school students and older needing extra grammar instruction in order to improve English writing.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Because instructions may not be clear to a beginning learne, it would be helpful to work with someone who knows the parts of speech--like a tutor at the early stages.
It clearly explains each part of speech. This guide is based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by the Modern Association of America. These resources are grounded upon displaying links to websites related to English usage, style, rhetoric, grammar, dictionaries and lexicography, copyright and plagiarism, copyediting, and writing centers.
It is presented with few visuals. The font is cramped and small. There are exercises that require some outdated technology to access. (You need a Java enabled browser like Netscape Navigator 3.0 or Internet Explorer 3.0)
Be aware the site has not been updated in some time.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
It clearly offer examples of each part of speech in a very thorough manner. The information of this guide is endorsed with samples of well-written essays. So the theoretical tips provided in this guide are supported by practical models of stereotypically effective essays. Therefore, all the students with different academic progression can comprehend the explanation of this information given by the teachers/instructors from this guide.
It is not visual at all. The interactive part of this is dependent on outdated technology. There is no teacher section--it is completely student-facing. There is no provided disability access, and title-fonts are in script that may not be easily read by blind or low-sight individuals. Fonts are small and cramped.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is a thorough description of the parts of speech. It is easily navigated.
This is very outdated. Although the material is thorough, it is also static. Most students expect more interactivity. Also, interactive elements require outdated technology to access (You need a Java enabled browser like Netscape Navigator 3.0 or Internet Explorer 3.0).
Other Issues and Comments:
This needs to be updated. Most students would expect a lot more interactivity, and visual appeal. The quality is not good, it is not mobile capable, it even appears somewhat pixellated. There is no access for those using Apple devices, or even those using current materials. The requirement for a Java enabled browser like Netscape Navigator 3.0 or Internet Explorer 3.0 is completely archaic. Also, there is no place for disability access, and many of the headlines are in a font inaccessible to readers.
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