One of the strongest features at the PALC
Web site is our interactive, self-marking
week, for example, about 15% of the total pages viewed on our
site were quizzes.
How is this interactive? Teachers will write
a simple vocabulary quiz to go with a current worksheet, then
alert their students to its availability. Often, a teacher can
use a projector to do a practice as a whole class activity.
Students can then do further practice at home or in our lab.
Other teachers have written more "generic"
quizzes on various topics. Louise, for example, has written a
large number of quizzes on English prepositions, which tend to
give a lot of trouble to our second language learners. In
addition, the site has a large number of grammar quizzes on a
variety of topics. In fact, our quiz index for grammar is in
our top three pages visited.
But, you might ask, "Is it difficult or
time-consuming?" No, in a word, it's not! The trick is that
PALC.net uses software from the University of Victoria called
Hot Potatoes. The software is free for educational use as long
as no fee is charged for the use of the quizzes.
Writing a quiz typically takes 15 or 20
minutes of a teacher's time. Placing it on the Web takes about
10 minutes for a Webmaster, including setting up a redirect
page to allow for tracking visits. Teachers give me a quiz on
a diskette, but most often send it along as an email
attachment. The quiz itself is in html and can be linked to
from any page you desire.
Since quizzes are indexed on our site,
students continue to use them for months and years after they
are first written. One of the classes I teach, for example,
had a text reading that had three vocabulary quizzes already
available from a previous teacher's class.
This past term, we started to
include cloze quizzes written by our students. Needless to
say, these quizzes both inspired some of the best work
students had done and were the most popular pages, too!
To find out more, visit the
download page at the University of Victoria. Note that you
will need to use a free unlocking code and adhere to the
policy of not charging for any quizzes you produce.
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