(Review 1: Winter 2010)
Reviewer: Kinda Al Rifae
Recommendation: Highly Recommended
"Activities for ESL Students" is a project of The Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org). This monthly web-based journal started publication in 1995 by Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan. It has now a collection of more than 5,000 links to resources for both teachers and students. The Internet TESL Journal offers teachers articles, research papers, lessons plans, classroom handouts, and teaching ideas. It also offers students a big collection of activities. It is open to all contributors and contains a variety of materials from teachers around the world. "Activities for ESL Students" is directed particularly to an audience of ESL students. It has a huge number of grammar and vocabulary quizzes, exercises, and crossword puzzles. The home page tells a lot about the content of this Web site. There are mainly two parts there: English Only and Bilingual Quizzes. In addition to the quizzes and puzzles, the English Only part contains sections that take the visitor to the Web site's search engine, the new quizzes, the "30 newest ESL podcasts", ESL videos, and some other useful ESL links. The second Bilingual Quizzes part offers students bilingual vocabulary quizzes in 48 different languages. Many teachers contribute to this project by regularly adding new quizzes and activities to it.
Subject Headings: ESL students, activities, games, quizzes
(Review 2: Winter 2015)
Reviewer: Zane Kurtz & Kimberly Petitt
Recommendation: Recommend for both students and teachers as a supplement
This website contains links to a multitude of quizzes in grammar and vocabulary, crossword puzzles, Youtube links in which students can read the text while they listen: there are also “Listen & Repeat” videos for them as well. In the interest of assisting non-English speaking students, bilingual quizzes are available as well in over 48 different languages. The grammar and vocabulary quizzes are based on ability, ranging from easy to difficult, as well as 6 different levels for each, progressively increasing in difficulty. Grammar quizzes are based on students identifying (through multiple choice) articles, nouns, prepositions, verbs, word forms, word order, etc. Vocabulary quizzes are similar: Easy level has students identify the correct word choice (verbs, nouns, and adjectives) through picture identification. For teachers, there are links in assisting them to create a quiz, a link so that a teacher can use any of the quizzes, etc, on their own page for their own specific classroom needs, and a search engine if they need to find something specific.
Overall, this website is simple in design but very thorough in breaking down information based upon student ability. The quiz results are immediate and provide score, number correct, number wrong, and time it took. While each quiz gives a description next to its title, there are no concept lessons. It is helpful, however, to have bilingual quizzes for those students (and teachers) that need that extra help.This site would be good for teachers looking for a specific quiz to give to their students based on their current lessons, as well as having the ability to contribute quizzes of their own for others to use. There were no issues regarding accuracy either.
Subject headings: quizzes, grammar, vocabulary, puzzles