“English Lessons and Tests”
English Lessons and Tests
Mar 11, 2003
- This material consists of drill-and-practice exercises with multiple choice
tests, self-scoring lessons, cloze exercises, crossword puzzles, and hangman
quizzes for ESL reading, grammar, and vocabulary practice arranged by level of
difficulty for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners. Another feature
of this material is on-line communication with other ESL learners and teachers
such as a message board, students? mailing list, English by email, and a chat
- Type of Material:
- Drill and Practice
- Identify Major Learning Goals:
- The primary goal is to learn English while focusing on grammar and vocabulary
through drill-and-practice exercises.
- Target Student Population:
- English as a Second Language Learners from beginner to advanced level
- The main test section is organized by levels of English proficiency: beginner,
lower-intermediate, intermediate, upper -intermediate, and advanced. Learners
therefore can select lessons appropriate to their levels of proficiency. On the
first page of the section, the criteria for each level are clearly stated so
learners are not confused as to which levels they are. This material is in a
drill-and-practice format using Java Scripts and CGI Scripts that provide
learners with instant feedback on their performance. These interactive tests and
exercises can motivate learners to engage in activities to practice grammar,
vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
Online communication is a distinguishing feature in this material.
A students? mailing list, English lessons by email, a message board, and a chat
room give learners the chance to communicate with others who have the same
interests. On the list, members can write to each other and discuss topics that
interest them such as experiences with learning English, giving/asking for tips
and advice in connection with learning English, looking for keypals, or anything
else that might be interesting to learners of English. The English by email
feature provides lessons that include grammar, vocabulary, reading
comprehension, and other areas at three levels (beginner, intermediate and
advanced) every week. The answers to the lesson are sent to the mailing list
four days after the lesson.
In the multiple-choice tests, self-scoring features are provided on the top of
the pages. This feature facilitates the learning process, encouraging learners
to continually practice until they get correct answers.
- This material is useful for both individual practice and as a teaching resource.
For students? self-study, this material is recommended because it provides
learners with highly individualized instruction and self-scoring tests for
comprehensive grammar functions and vocabulary. Most sections provide
interactivity through the practice and feedback cycle and online communication
with others. As a teaching resource, teachers can get and develop new ideas for
their lessons through the Teachers? resources section. In this section, the
author creates and develops various activities for warming up, speaking, and
writing English and provides useful sites in which teachers can get numerous
English teaching resources. As external documents, teachers also can download
pictures, or sheets they can hand out to their students from the resource
- The instructional objectives and goals might not need to be specified with each
lesson but if a brief annotation under the title of each lesson were provided,
learners would understand the purpose of the lessons before exploring and
- A consistent interface and clear instructions make it easy for the learners to
navigate the contents. The main menu icons are usually located on the left side
of the page so that learners do not lose sight of them during navigation.
Interactive feedback features such as Java applets are provided to motivate
learners to be actively engaged in their learning process.
- The primary concern is that there are many commercial banners and pop-ups on
each page. Although the site provides free software which disables commercial
messages on the browser, learners can be distracted by the flash banners and
messages and cannot concentrate on and maximize their learning.
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