(reviewed Winter 2010)
Reviewer: A. Kaufmann
Recommendation: Not Recommended
Aardvark's EnglishForum.com is one of many “free” ESL-related Web sites currently available. It contains both student and teacher resources, as well as general Internet navigation links unrelated to ESL. It is not up-to-date and contains many broken links, and its owners are also mysteriously unidentified.
Several Internet searches finally revealed some domain information on www.who.is: the site's IP address is based in North Palm Beach, and the Web administration is done out of San Francisco. The searches also revealed that many other sites link to EnglishForum.com, apparently without regard to the unidentified source or the content disarray.
Although EnglishForum.com could be mined for some relevant bits of information, it is largely worth avoiding.
Evaluation (teacher resources only)
With the tagline, “Resources for students and teachers of ESL/EFL),” Aardvark's EnglishForum.com looked like it might have some potential. The site appears to have international appeal, with navigation to worldwide news, schools, and standards. However, there is no mission statement or information about who maintains the site; the copyright is outdated. The site is in severe disrepair, with many of the links broken. For example, you could begin to get some ideas on potential textbooks, but the links after the titles are broken. You could begin to get information on English language examinations, but then the links are broken. The section on actual exercises is frustratingly chaotic – all of the spot-checked links were broken. After this point, there didn't seem to be any reason to continue testing the site.
Recommendation: Don't waste your time.
Subject Headings: ESL students, English schools, forums