After completing the course the learner is expected to be able to maintain conversations on everyday themes, to ask questions, to make sentences and to express opinion on certain topics.
The platform is appropriate for self-preparation. This doesn’t mean that it is not useful for trainers – just the opposite. Some of the features could be used for preparation of classes or directly implemented in class. The platform could be used simultaneously by more than one user – for example the dialogues can be done by two people.
Separate sections with the most commonly used words with a corresponding example how the word could be used in different context are also available. The trainers could use this material when presenting new vocabulary. The presentation of the new vocabulary is supported by audio version which is helpful for teaching and learning proper pronunciation.
There are also video lessons. Next to them the user can make some notes which can review later. The transcripts of all audio and video lessons are presented as texts. The lines from the dialogues could be listened separately in order the learner to check and practice his/hers pronunciation.
The lessons are divided according to a topic, most often some theme from the everyday life. This helps the trainer a lot when preparing the next class. There are many examples and exercises that could be used in class or for homework or self-preparation.
Pros and cons:
+ Various themes
+ Easy to use and user friendly
+ Customer support available
+ Forum with comments
+ Mobile friendly
– Certain amount of time for completing the registration process
The biggest advantage of the resource is that the material is very well structured. The themes are suitable for different proficiency levels and cover various situations. The given examples are realistic; the dialogues are accompanied with descriptions of the context of the situations. Every user can create own dashboard where can add different content according to the learning needs and preferences.
|Complexity of the development / implementation of the content||Well-structured web based courses with text and audio. Very modern user interface with a lot of interactive features. You can download course content, transcripts and checklists in PDF format. There is also an interactive feature to check your speaking skills where you record your voice and is compared with a native speaker’s voice.|
|Comfort of use||Easy|
|Skills and knowledge required||Basic|
|Hardware requirements||Computer, tablet, Smartphone, headphones, microphone|
|Software requirements||No specific software requirements|
|Expected technological tendency/trend||High, modern design, many interactive features and oral skills assessment.|
|Mobile friendly||Yes||Registration required||Yes|