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Peer Review

English Language Centre Study Zone



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.67 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 14, 2002 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: 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

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Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: 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.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: The material could be made more engaging by the addition of other media, such as
audio to complement reading passages.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Screens are easy to read, use, and navigate.
Concerns: The site would benefit from a broader use of color.

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