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Peer Review

Ohio ESL



Overall Numeric Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 3.5 stars
Reviewed: Nov 06, 2006 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: This site is a Meta-site of websites for ESL. The home page consist of five categories of vocabulary sites for which when clicked on will bring you to sites for vocabulary study, activities, vocabulary for special purposes, idioms, and reference.
Type of Material: Collection of resources and links
Recommended Uses: Resources for teaching and learning
Technical Requirements: n/a
Identify Major Learning Goals: Support ESL/EFL learners and teachers
Target Student Population: Learners of ESL/EFL
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Because this is a site for English language learners some basic knowledge of the English language is needed.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The purpose to this site is to promote and encourage the learning of English as a second language. There is significant depth of material. The initial five groups of sites have numerous sites within them that link to an assortment of activities and content. For example there are sites with synonyms and antonyms, word puzzles, vocabulary lists, and content specific exercises, for example math or geography. The site is organized around the five main sites listed above. In terms of productive media-to-content correspondence, the sites deliver what they indicate and sometimes more. For example, one site listed vocabulary that would be used with staying at a hotel. Not only did the site present the terms but there was also an audio component along with it. The majority of the external links were relevant to the site.
Concerns: Many links end up at commercial sites with distracting pop-up advertisements or solicitation to buy a software product.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The OHIO ESL site is a useful teaching resource. It provides many sites of varying degrees of difficulty covering many content areas. In terms of completeness, the site with its many links, cover a lot of material, although it should not be considered an exhaustive list.
Concerns: Although many external links are provided, no guidance is supplied concerning how these linked materials might be used.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The site can be easily navigated.
Concerns: In some regards the site is too large. It would be very time consuming for the instructor to determine what sites would most benefit their students. Even though it is easy to use and navigate around, it would not be effective for a student to navigate alone. The site itself is not readily engaging for it only list the five main categories without any enticements as to what could be found within.

Other Issues and Comments: n/a