ESL Flow offers a wealth of teaching ideas and lesson plans for ESL speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing classes at the elementary, pre-intermediate, and intermediate levels. Learning activities are catalogued according to content theme, language skill, level of difficulty, and other criteria that allow teachers to choose activities tomatch their needs.
A pastel flow chart forms the organizing principle of this sleek site. Links to grammars, guides, and articles on pedagogy lend scholarly credibility to the site, and well-chosen external links provide access to excellent resources and other popular sites. There are, for example, tests for the Cambridge Certificate and favorite communicative activities from Dave's ESL Cafe. Most useful as a source of activities for classes in oral expression, the site also addresses hard-to-teach problems of usage, such as articles, prepositions, and the choice between gerunds and infinitives.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
While independent learners will find challenging practice tests, reading passages, and cloze exercises here, the site targets teaching professionals to whom it offers a well-organized collection of ready-to-use teaching ideas, handouts, and online exercises. Of particular interest to teachers of listening and speaking courses are the many icebreakers, warm-ups, and roleplay and debate ideas. Lesson plans, which prescribe group level and size, preparation and implementation times, and materials needed, can be easily integrated into conventional classroom instruction.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
A high resolution screen and/or adjustment of fonts may be required to view this aesthetically refined site. Subdued colors and lack of contrast may make the site difficult to project well. For many users, however, the sheer visual pleasure of using ESL Flow will prolong their stay at this intelligent, elegant site.
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