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Peer Review

English Works Vocabulary Exercises



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 12, 2005 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: English Works Vocabulary Exercises provides practice in mastering idiomatic
expressions in U.S. English. It consists of four drill and practice sections:
Common Idioms (5 test items), Idioms of Color (10 test items), American
Expressions (10 test items) and Phrasal Verb Exercises (490 lines of cloze
tests).The site offers opportunities to practice vocabulary by working on a text
with hints. One can also see the results of one’s performance.
Type of Material: Drill and practice
Recommended Uses:
Technical Requirements:
Identify Major Learning Goals: Mastery of U.S. idioms
Target Student Population: Deaf and hearing-impaired learners of ESL and ESL learners in general
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic English skills

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is divided into four major sections. Common Idioms contains 5 items
each having four multiple choice exercises. The user can choose by clicking the
button next to each choice then seeing the result for right and wrong
choices.The Idioms of Color and American Expressions sections are structured in
the same way but the difficulty level of these sections is higher than that of
Common Idioms. The purpose of each section has been clearly defined. The fourth
section, Phrasal Verb Exercises includes more exercises and requires more in
depth knowledge. It offers different phrasal verbs used within the context of
reading passages each containing cloze tests. The site is well-organized and the
language used in the site is clear and comprehensible.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This website was originally designed as a tool for ESL teachers to teach U.S.
idioms to deaf and hearing impaired learners of ESL. It is a good tool for any
ESL learner wishing to improve mastery of U.S. idioms. Learners can be assigned
to practice vocabulary skills independently.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site is very easy to navigate. It sets students up for success by allowing
them to try out each exercise in a basic, familiar format. As the site is
designed with the intention of teaching the deaf, naturally, it contains no
audio features.

Other Issues and Comments:

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States