“English Language Centre Study Zone”
English Language Centre Study Zone
May 14, 2002
- The University of Victoria?s English Language Centre Study Zone presents
tutorials and self-scoring exercises at five levels of difficulty to improve ESL
grammar, reading, writing, and vocabulary skills. The site can be projected
on a large screen for group instruction but may be best suited for independent
- For each of its five levels of difficulty, the module clearly identifies one or
more skill areas of academic English, which it seeks to develop with a variety
of formal explanations and follow-up exercises. The site?s layout is clearly and
consistently based on an organizing principle with which college and university
users are well familiar, course numbers, so independent learners will have no
trouble finding materials to address a desired skill area or level of
proficiency. Authentic texts illustrate the appropriate use of English
structures and vocabulary.
- The material is well presented and organized in such a way that teachers can
conveniently integrate it into classroom instruction and independent learners
can use it to gain a deeper understanding of and further practice with difficult
concepts, such as article usage. A full index links the most difficult aspects
of English grammar to relevant self-scoring exercises. A puzzle for beginners
and colorful drawings throughout the site help to maintain learners? interest.
- The material could be made more engaging by the addition of other media, such as
audio to complement reading passages.
- Screens are easy to read, use, and navigate.
- The site would benefit from a broader use of color.
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