(Reviewed Winter 2011)
Reviewer: Chenxia Zhu
Recommendation: Not Recommended
The web site is designed as a resource center for ESL/EFL teachers, job information, ESL conferences, articles, and teaching tools and materials. It also aims at ESL/EFL learners by providing multiple links and information. The web site was created in 2000 by EJ and sponsored by Madridteacher.com. The author did not provide his/her full name, nor did he/she release any information pertaining to his/her experience or credentials. The web site is crowded with commercial links and advertisements.
The ESL pages seems to intend to include every aspect of ESL teaching and learning. However, the page looks unorganized and poorly-maintained with too much information squeezed into one place. The web site is hard to read, and visitors are often directed to irrelevant resources and commercial advertisements, occupying every corner of each page. The web site functions partially as an online store, selling books, online lessons, training and graduate programs, and so forth. Although the web site provides a complete list of sections such as quizzes, ESL for students, and business English, some are not developed, and some are only offered for a cost. There is, nevertheless, a small section maintained by The Internet TESL Journal that is resourceful, with publications and articles addressing various topics in teaching and learning. The articles contain footnotes and bibliographies and are contributed by ESL teachers from all over the world. For example, in the article titled “English Past Simple & Present Perfect in Relation to Thai Learners,” the author illustrates the difficulties of learning that specific grammar point and explains past simple and past perfect tense for ESL/EFL learners. The web site seems to shift its main focus to job advertising; visitors are frequently directed to another site called “ESL Jobs Board.” It is impossible to evaluate the authenticity of these job postings, but some opportunities do look appealing. In a nutshell, it is a hustle and bustle web site and it takes a lot of time to find the information you need.
Subject Headings: ESL Teachers, ESL learners, Forums, Jobs