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 ones performance.
Type of Material:
Drill and practice
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
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
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
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.