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ISL Collective:Hojas de trabajo ELE



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 30, 2013 by World Languages Editorial Board
Overview: The iSL Collective, or Internet Second Language Collective, features worksheets and PowerPoint presentations created by its members for language educators. New materials as well as those that are most "liked" appear on the home page. The entire collection may be searched according to grammar point, vocabulary group, level and student type (i.e. elementary, secondary, professional, etc.).
Type of Material: Worksheets with Visuals, Charts, Written and Oral Activities
Recommended Uses: This site is a great time-saver for teachers. Do you need an activity for family vocabulary? Or professions? How about weather? Before you spend an hour creating an activity, look here first! Someone has probably already done it for you. Depending on their content, the ideal uses for worksheets are for homework, additional practice and exam preparation. Worksheets featuring communicative activities may be used in the classroom. PowerPoint presentation can be used for grammar and vocabulary presentation.
Technical Requirements: ability to download attachments in doc, docx, ppt and/or pptx.
Identify Major Learning Goals: PowerPoint presentations -- listed as "proyectables" -- provide teachers with materials that supplement, reinforce and/or expand typical grammar and vocabulary presentations available in textbooks. The vocabulary "proyectables" in particular permit educators to stay in the target language by relying on images to illustrate meaning. Worksheets, or "imprimibles," are designed to give students extra practice for grammar and vocabulary. Users are able to search the database based on the type of skill they wish to practice. Activities for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening are available. Activities are available for all levels, although the majority are for beginning and intermediate levels.
Target Student Population: Materials for preschool through post-secondary students, including those studying Spanish for business and professional purposes, are available.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: There are no pre-requisites.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: From "adjetivos" to "voz pasiva," worksheets cover more than 50 possible grammar points. A variety of vocabulary groups are also available, such as the human body, animals and parts of the house.Strong use of visuals in many resources that were observed. Activities appear engaging and interesting for students. Users may search site by skill to be tested (reading, writing, speaking, listening), by grammar topic, vocabulary theme (i.e.,family), type of student (i.e.,beginner), type of material (flashcards, game, etc.), and function (i.e.,"apologize" or "invite someone to a party").
Concerns: Review of materials is not required prior to posting. Although there is space for "comentarios" and "observaciones," it is the responsibility of the user to edit a material for accuracy or determine whether a material is suitable for use. On some of the materials observed there were small typographical or grammatical errors. This is not a huge concern, because if the user downloads the file into Microsoft Word, they should be able to correct any errors.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The images included in the materials will attract and engage students. Students who seek alternative or additional explanations for grammar presented in their textbook will be particularly well served by the worksheets. There are many good resources here. Ultimately, it depends on how the teacher uses it in class which will determine how engaging it is for students.
Concerns: Many grammar activities would benefit from contextualized examples at the paragraph level rather than a series of disconnected sentences. Not a lot of material for upper levels observed.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The homepage offers users a glimpse of the vast number of materials available by featuring "proyectables del día," "autores populares," new materials and materials that have been downloaded the greatest number of times. User profiles include the person's nationality, number of materials contributed as well as the number of times his/her materials have been downloaded. Searching the collection and users is fast and effective and the site is easily navigated. Registration is free and easy to complete.
Concerns: It is difficult to view worksheets without downloading them. The site would be enhanced with larger thumbnail images of the materials. Not entirely intuitive, but after a few minutes of self-orientation, navigating the site should not be too difficult for first-time users.