Things To Look For When Evaluating An Esl

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Things To Look For When Evaluating An Esl

  1. 1. Things to look for when evaluating an ESL Website
  2. 2. Things to look for when evaluating an ESL Website <ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reputable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affiliated with a college, university, or some type of educational organization? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be relevant to coursework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be accurate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Navigation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links should be clear and material easy to find </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of “bells and whistles” may be attractive and entertaining, but these are often present at the expense of content – also can clutter and distract </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Things to look for when evaluating an ESL Website <ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the material engage the student and use his/her input? Or is the site static? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exercise feedback and help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better practice exercises provide immediate, useful feedback to the student (why is it right, why is it wrong, and hints) and help files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, many online exercises do not have feedback at all </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Glitch-free” functioning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the website load quickly and run smoothly? Or are there problems such as crashing, dead or missing links, missing files, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Links to other websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although not essential, a website with links to other helpful, relevant sites can be a plus </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Example <ul><li>Website : ELLLO (English Language Listening Lab Online) </li></ul><ul><li>URL: http://www.elllo.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Target group: Adult learners, International students </li></ul><ul><li>A listening resource of listening activities for ESL & EFL students and teachers. On various topics e.g. shopping, health </li></ul><ul><li>Users can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>listen to conversation, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>listen and watch slide show on topic related to conversation, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>take slide show quiz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to definition of unfamiliar words and phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download lesson worksheet in PDF format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, matching and gap-filling exercises, writing exercises </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Example <ul><li>Computer skills – point in click </li></ul><ul><li>Suitable for independent study – explanation and answer key given and lab associated with a class </li></ul><ul><li>Since it is a listening website activities centers around listening and answering multiple choice questions (drill and practice) – behaviorist </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple intelligence – go to http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic68.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Vygotsky’s constructivist theory – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://delta.cs.vt.edu/edu/fis/techcons.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://hagar.up.ac.za/catts/learner/ameyer/constructivismandtechnology.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An obedient servant to students – very much a student control website. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Example <ul><li>Yes, as a supplementary and independent study material for ESL/EFL young adult students going to the US to study </li></ul>

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