Middle East Technical University
Faculty of Education
Department of Foreign Language
Educational Technology & Society, 8
OM Personal Multimedia English
Objective of the site:
The objectives are not stated explicitly in the
site. However, one can infer that the basic aim is
to provide learners of English with multimedia
sources in English.
The site seems to be useful for both students of
English (especially for those whose native
language is Spanish) and teachers of English.
Domain related aspects:
It is an educational site and it focuses on
teaching English. The site provides audio and text
materials in English and explanations in Spanish.
The content of the
site is original and although it is a commercial
site, all the content is free to those who are
registered (registration is free).
Structure of the site:
Personal Multimedia English” site is basically
divided into four sections:
> Learning and
Under the section
headed “Learning and practice”, there are pages
related to basic elementary course, tests,
dialogues, exams and common errors in English.
“Listening comprehension” hosts songs,
conversation and dialogues from movies, and
everyday dialogues. “Reading comprehension”
provides reading passages, dialogues and e-books
written in English, which I think is a valuable
source. “Extra Edutainment” provides games,
cartoons and some lyrics.
Usefulness and richness of each topic:
The site provides learners of English with a
variety of materials in English not only in text
but also in audio and pictures. It seems that it
is rich as regards the materials provided.
As far as the
educational value is concerned, I strongly
recommend this site to learners of English.
did not have any problem in having accessing to
the site. I tested the connection speed through
ADSL connection and modem connections and no
problem occurred. No special software is needed to
access the site. However, to listen to audio files
and access to the materials designed with flash,
it is required to have a media player and a flash
player, which are freely available on the Internet
(Winamp for example).
Interface related aspects:
The layout of the
The layout is good and the links to the pages in
the site are clearly identifiable. However, the
animations on the links are a little bit
The structure of the site is clear and you can
easily find what you are looking for with clear
titles and links. The background color is not
distracting, fonts are readable and the links are
You can navigate easily. There are some icons and
some animations to make the navigation attractive.
It has also a site map.
facility is provided.
The site is supported by a commercial firm and all
the contact details of the site owners are clearly
stated. The site includes some banners; however
they are not distracting, they are just related to
the content itself provided by the site owners.
Also, the advertisement is clearly differentiated
from the main site content.
The site is
regularly updated (once a month) and the members
of the site are informed about each update. In
addition, on the main page new content is
announced. I have checked the external links to
other sites and none of them led to any failing to
The site is rich as regards the content and most
of the materials on the site are supported with
audio materials. The exercises are not just
mechanical and it provides the learners with lots
of reading and listening through songs and
dialogues. However, some of the texts and words
are converted to audio versions through
text-to-speech programs, which resulted in robotic
sounds. Instead of a program (because of the
current limitations of this technology), a native
speaker should read these texts and words.
course for learners of English at elementary level
is clearly fascinating since audio files are
provided and communicative needs are taken into
consideration and what is better, although the
site is supported by a commercial firm, all the
content (more than 4500 pages) is open to access
without any payment.