The website addresses several different vocabulary skills using different exercises such as word search, crosswords, hangman, a matching game, word jumbles, and quizzes. The learning outcomes for this site would be increased awareness of English phonetics, and spelling, in addition to word recognition using images, and quizzes to review exercises that students participated in. Everything on the site is in English and there are links to different projects in other languages. The exercises are also scored upon completion of the exercise and students can print their score sheets which include the time and date the exercise was completed. The website allows for students to use a mouse or keystrokes, which is important for learners of English who might be special needs students. The website uses all multimedia, with sound clips and animation to make the exercises fun and interesting. All of the exercises and activities are on the main page which could enhance the interest of students.
Type of Material:
Collection of learning activities
Independent, pair or whole class language practice
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Practice in English as a second language
Target Student Population:
Learners of ESL
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
The website is technically sound, the exercises function and students can move between exercises easily. Also students can either use a mouse or key strokes, which as mentioned earlier is very important. The material presented is leveled. Students may pick an easy level, a hard level or somewhere in between. Also the various exercises are challenging in themselves, they assess different skills, and provide students with inductive and deductive learning situations.
The hangman exercise is very hard. No clues are given except for the general topic - which is the way one plays hang man - but it would be helpful if there were two levels for the students, an easy level and a more challenging one.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site can most definitely be used as a teaching tool. There are lots of different types of exercises, which appeal to varying learner preferences. Also students can do the exercises as many times as they want which is important in learning language, especially working on vocabulary acquisition. The goal of this website is to learn new vocabulary, which can be seen clearly in all the activities, students are asked to spell, guess and make comparisons. The website has a good mix of vocabulary which, include topics from other cultures, not just U.S. culture.
A section for teachers which provides a list of all the vocabulary the students will come across would be helpful.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website is very well laid out, the links function properly and students can move between activities with ease. The students can also see when the page is loading which is important because some of the pages take longer to load. Students can also navigate easily due to the easy directions,
and set up of the page. Students can also tell how well they have been doing on items like the quiz, they can see the number of questions which are correct and those which are incorrect. The website has standard text which makes it easy to read, and the colors are also very good. Students can use key strokes to select and exercise and the level they want to work with.
Since some of the exercises seem harder than others it might be important to provide a suggested order for the exercises, so that students can build up to the higher levels, rather than feeling defeated immediately.