SchMOOze U. is a MOO or simulated college, where ESL/EFL learners take on fictitious identities, play games, do language-learning exercises, and engage in cross-cultural communication.
It provides an opportunity to improve reading and writing fluency in an entertaining social context. At any given moment, a handful of learners in distant countries may be online, which allows for interesting discussions. Among its external links are a virtual language center, access to the Internet TESL Journal's preferred language exercises, and a MOO for teaching professionals.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The Internet TESL Journal's collection of quizzes and exercises of all kinds give this site good potential as a teaching tool. Because of its amusing nature, it should work even better for independent study, particularly for learners who enjoy games. The authors present an interesting history of the site for users who might otherwise wonder about its purpose and give instructions for would-be MOO programmers.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
In spite of a few dead links, navigation is generally uncomplicated.
Although SchMOOze U.'s bovine logo is most appropriate (and animated), the animal's spots obscure menu items on the home page. Other screens are easier to read.
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