ERIC Number: ED445564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Finding and Evaluating Adult ESL Resources on the World Wide Web. ERIC Q & A.
Florez, MaryAnn Cunningham
One of the challenges often mentioned by users of the World Wide Web is creating and implementing successful searches on topics of interest. This article provides background information about adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) resources available on the Web. It describes various search tools, explains how to create search strategies and how to combine the right tool with the right strategy for finding specific information, and suggests ways of evaluating Web resources resulting from a search. Although written for adult ESL practitioners, this Q & A is appropriate for all educators seeking efficient ways of locating resources on the Web. The article begins with a description and overview of the Web. The specific details of how materials are accessed is then explained. Next, the four most common tools for finding information on the Web are described--search engines, directories, Web loops and rings, and portals. Suggestions for exactly how to frame and limit choices by choosing search words carefully is then reviewed, with tips for preparation, creation and execution, and review and revision provided. Evaluating the accuracy and usefulness of the search results is the final step covered. It is hoped that following all the steps and suggestions provided will make Web searches less daunting and more productive. Fourteen references are cited. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (Author/KFT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Resources, English (Second Language), Literacy, Online Searching, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.