This site covers the vast majority of English grammar issues central to the learning of English as a second language for pre-intermediate to high-intermediate level students.
This site covers the vast majority of English grammar issues central to the learning of English as a second language for pre-intermediate to high-intermediate level students. The main menu not only reads like the table of contents for a comprehensive grammar text, but also includes work with reading and vocabulary. Cloze exercises and quizzes are well constructed, highly contextualized, with an engaging story line and consistent 'characters'. A handful of grammar points can be practiced using animation games that are beautifully designed and motivating to use.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
In addition to the many student-oriented activities, there are a number of 'animated grammar tutorials' that can be used not only for self study by individual students but by the instructor with a class. These animations can be projected and the grammar point demonstrated in the animation discussed by the group. Students can be assigned practice with problem areas by the teacher, or they can take a very well designed diagnostic test to determine their grammar weaknesses and be assigned activities accordingly. Work with troublesome vocabulary issues in English is also available in similarly engaging interactive formats.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
These many and varied activities are exemplary in terms of design. The clever forms of interactivity are sure to motivate students to practice language forms that are otherwise tedious. All activities are accessible from a clearly laid out main menu. They are uniformly easy to use, their goals and processes consistently transparent to the user. The sophisticated use of multimedia makes this site exceptional if not unique among ESL resources. Many activities require Flash 5, a link to download this is on the main menu.
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