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.