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Peer Review

The Compleat Lexical Tutor



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 14, 2005 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: Developed in Quebec, this site can be used by native French speakers to improve
their English vocabulary and native English speakers to improve their French
vocabulary. Word selection is based on research about which learners and
instructors are encouraged to read. Tools for text manipulation that teachers
can use in materials development and actions research are also provided.
Type of Material: Various interactive tools and reference material for vocabulary building
Recommended Uses: Individual work on vocabulary building
Technical Requirements:
Identify Major Learning Goals: Vocabulary work for learners of ESL and learners of French.
Target Student Population: Learners and instructors of ESL and French, any level.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
The tools on this site can be used to test one’s areas of vocabulary weakness,
determine level for study and remediation, and explore lists of frequently used
lexical items. Learners can also explore how lexical items are used in authentic
texts. The range of perspectives the site provides makes this a powerful tool
for vocabulary enhancement.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This is an excellent resource for vocabulary expansion and could be integrated
nicely into live, hybrid and completely online language courses in ESL or
French. Individual learners can undertake self-assessments and tailored work in
the areas in which they need the most practice and support.

The text tools included can be used by instructors for a range of instructional
purposes: analysis of student work, classroom discourse, text corpora, etc.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
The organization, graphics, feedback, and range of supporting resources make
this site an excellent overall resource for students of French and ESL. The
functionality of the text manipulation tools is quite good as well.

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