This is an excellent site which provides interactive lessons, worksheets, flashcards, and puzzles for learners, as well as forums and articles for teachers. Math concepts are clearly presented with examples should a learner need to review before practising with the wide range of worksheets.
The level of lesson difficulty ranges from single digit basic math facts, fractions, percentages, decimals, and money up to geometry and pre-algebra skills. Most of the basic math activities can be found in the worksheet section under the Math Fact Cafe. Some of the worksheets have 100 practice questions that can be printed off for use away from the computer, or used online by typing in the answers. Immediate feedback is given to learners for checking their answers. Learners can also view questions in flashcard format. A basic calculator is included with the site to be used as needed. Although the lessons are categorized as “grade one, two” and so on, the format is not inappropriate for adults in its presentation. The site avoids use of juvenile clipart and topics for word problems, and so is extremely suitable for adult learners.
A helpful feature for instructors is the option to “build your own worksheets” with clear instructions to create interactive worksheets. Within this feature is the option to adjust font size, a feature particularly helpful for learners with vision limitations.
The site provides support for learners and instructors, as well as a section for help with homework and home schooling. Various links to similar sites are also provided.
Math Goodies advertises the option of buying a CD of 70 math lessons. However, unlike some sites whose main focus is selling a product, this site offers numerous interactive lessons and games which are easy to use and free.
Looking for a website where learners can work independently, reviewing and practising a variety of grammar points and some vocabulary? Here is an interesting one.
This site is set up by English International Lyon and is mostly written by Pearson Brown, who is also advertising his book on the site. It is called Business Partners and the focus of the site is business English.
There are activities on a wide range of grammar topics from basic, such as simple present to more advanced, such as conjunctions. Many of these exercises are fill-in-the-blank with 4 or 5 multiple choice answers to choose from. The answers are marked immediately in most cases and the ongoing score is shown at the top of the screen. There are vocabulary topics such as business language and telephone. Some of the sections titled Missing Words and Find the Pairs need Macromedia Shockwave version 7 to run, and a section on Business English Hangman can only be downloaded for $8.00. For teachers, the site advertises mini and maxi lessons available by e-mail as well as an extensive resource list of other sites and a book sale section.
Although some of the grammar exercises are very simple and geared to ESL, these are grouped together in a list called Easier Exercises. Overall, the site provides many opportunities for independent practice as the corrections are done quickly and clearly for the learner. The focus is definitely on business and workplace English and could be very valuable for literacy learners.
Although this site is geared towards ESL learners, many of the quizzes and games could be useful for literacy learners. It is very diverse, and contains such word games as crossword puzzles, scrambled words, scrambled sentences, concentration, drag and drop puzzles, and quiz shows. There is something for all levels. There are some easy vocabulary quizzes for beginners where the learner matches a word with the correct picture. Or the learner can select a topic such as parts of the body, and drag scrambled letters into a box to form correct words. For advanced learners, there are proverbs, grammar quizzes and crossword puzzles that are challenging. Hints and feedback are always given.
If you’re looking for a site with a variety of activities where learners can work independently, as the title implies, Many Things has a lot to offer.
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