WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAGE
Our group has dedicated this last project to the making of a web page, for the use of students of English as a second language (EFL). We have divided the page into, what we consider, are the main skills a student should acquire when learning English, and we have tried to put together some links with exercises dedicated to these skills. In this way, the learner would be able to quickly find exercises for the area he/she would like to improve.
The planning of the project was like this: firstly we divided the work between us into sections: each of us had to look for exercises for the area we had been assigned to work in. Then, all of us attached our links to the main page and finally we agreed on the final presentation.
VOCABULARY EXERCISES: ANA ASPIAZU
Vocabulary exercises are the section I worked on. What I first did was to search through the Internet for "vocabulary English exercises". Then, I gave a look at some of the most important pages I found, and finally, I decided the five more important pages in terms of vocabulary and the way these exercises were presented. In my opinion as a student, I think that the way the web page is presented is also very important. The manner the site is organised and presented can be definite and encourage students to go on or just skip to another page.
We have all included a brief explanation of each section before the links explaining in what we were interested in each site. In my own section, vocabulary exercises, I chose simple words directed to beginners, an abstract vocabulary such as, psychological states. Other sites are divided into different levels that go from intermediate to advanced, and there are also brief explanations of grammatical expressions such as verbs+prepositions. These exercises are really enjoyable and effective for learners.
GRAMMAR EXERCISES: AMAIA TORRONTEGI.
My job was to look for exercises related to grammar. To do this I looked for webs that had to do with these pages. Then I started analysing them trying to find the most suitable ones. After making the decision I included the links in our web page, giving a brief explanation of their contents. Finally we gave the page its final shape together.
Finally I would like to explain the reasons for the choosing of the pages. In the grammar section, I have tried to bring together pages with very specific purposes: first of all, I think that all of them have a very interesting choice of exercises, also the level of the exercises is made clear and finally some of these pages also include a brief explanation of the most problematic grammatical issues.
READING LESSONS: MARIA LEIVA
I have been working on the reading section; witch is very important and has to be highlighted as one of the main skills that a learner of any language has to acquire.
The student has to work very hard on this section, that is why after going through a lot of web sites on the net, I decided to choose those that are more dynamic and entertaining for the student, where the subjects of the readings are more or less interesting and the student finds a way of evaluating if he/she has really understood the text.
Another important aspect that I have had into account is that of the different levels of difficulty in understanding the readings, because one of my aims was to gather different interesting texts in all the levels of English: "every student would have a place in this reading section to practise and improve this skill".
SPELLING LESSONS: LOREA MONASTERIO
Spelling is another important part of learning English as second language. Especially with those words that have very similar spelling and a totally different meaning in English.
The sites I have selected are mostly webs of learning English on-line. I have called them "lessons", because they are based basically in explaining the different pronunciation and meaning that a set of words have. Some of the pages, however, do have some exercises such as listening comprehension; in which the learner has to spell the different words presented by audio. The use of games for the learning of spelling is very usual in order to make the student learn in a significant way without memorising.
PHONETIC EXERCISES: MARIA LEKUE
The first thing I did was to look for different web sites on English Phonetics exercises. It was quite hard to get the kind of web sites that I wanted because this issue
is normally accompanied by other kind of exercises of grammar, listening... Finally, the five web sites I have chosen content different kinds of exercises all of them based on phonetic transcription, and also in memorising the phonetic symbols. The outstanding thing of some of the sites is the explanation they have after each exercise where the student can easily understands what he/she has done wrong and why.
Before I pasted all these web sites in our page, I decided to include another web, which had information about what are phonetics, and a table with all the English morphemes. This first web site is a kind of introduction before the exercises.
All the web sites I have chosen are for students who already have a basic knowledge of phonetics transcription, because some of the exercises that are included are a little bit complicated.