Selecting and evaluating information and sites
EVALUATING WEB PAGES
On this page you could read specifications for evaluating web pages:
TASK 1: RESOURCES
Zsolt's evaluation (Hornyák)
TASK 2: GRAMMAR
Julianna's opinion (Séllyei)
TASK 1: RESOURCES
Your audience is your primary/secondary school group in your teaching practice.
Step 1 Contact at least one (or more) of the URL addresses from the list handed out: Electronic Libraries, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Magazines, or Newspapers.
Step 2 Evaluate the source in a written report (two paragraphs max.) keeping the following questions in mind:
Step 3 Design a language activity for your students where you could use/rely on the information from any of the sources contacted today assuming that the computers are at your disposal at any point in time for as long as you wish.
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From the given list I first chose the 'Electronic Libraries' option but it seemed very difficult to contact any of the addresses under this title.
The second choice fell on 'Dictionaries'. I contacted 'Websters'. Here, there are some interesting options such as: home page, bookstore, radio scripts and words to look up. Looking into Bookstore, we can find high quality reference books that can be browsed and can be ordered and purchased via Web. I think this section is rather usuful because teachers can keep up with the latest books in connection with English teaching. This section may not be so useful before an intermediate level.
Students might find much more interesting another option of Webster, which is called 'Word of the Day'. This application offers a word every day with its definitions and background. The user can choose a date from a calendar and there comes the explanation. Advanced students are more likely to be able to use this part of Webster because, according to my experiences, the given words are not very frequently used. Yet, Webster, as an ordinary electronic dictionary, provides answer to all kinds of vocabulary questions. Also, it explains meaning, pronunciation and gives context. That is why I can recommend this source for everyone beyond the absolute beginner level.
TASK 2: GRAMMAR
You will contact two sets of sites concerning GRAMMAR:
A) GRAMMAR RESOURCES
an article on the explaining why grammar teaching is good via CALL
B) ACTIVITIES PRACTICING GRAMMAR
grammar softwares (some can be downloaded free)
Step 1 Contact two or more of the URL addresses from each list.
Step 2 Through comparison, evaluate two sources from the Grammar Resources section in a written report (two para max.) keeping the following questions in mind:
Step 3 Through comparison, evaluate two sources from the Activities Practicing Grammar section in a written report (two para max.) keeping the following questions in mind:
Dear Eniko ! Here are the results of today's surf :
Step 2 - Grammar resources I contacted the first one ( jlawler ). - Linguistics professor ( John Lawler ) had to explain how English grammar works too often and got tired of it. Therefore he created this " collection ". In series 2 we found no logical order, no signposting, phonetic symbols were somewhat obscure and his explanations were too lengthy. How are we supposed to know what is available in this collection when there is no table of content ? As for resource material, a " list of interesting books about the English lang. is at disposal.
The second site I visited was grammar help ( the third address on the list ). 3 sections : help ( 2 ) info from various Web sites A good exercise for my students was " Queen Beatrice and the missing prepositio ns ", a fill in the gap type of activity with answer key ! Interactive tasks ( grammar drills ) , a grammar help page ( phrasal verbs ) and a collection of miscellaneous resources are also worth attention. " Mama's hot 100 goofs " were great fun. This section aims to stimulate ss while presenting traditional grammar.
Step 3 - Activities practicing grammar I managed to access the first two sites.
No 1 - Quiz center Menu contains idioms, grammar,...etc.
No 2 - Links to grammar references, exercises and quizzes. e.g: " Animal idioms " There 's a separate section for teachers ("exam writer" provides useful ideas).