Language Learning Materials Reviews

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

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Language Learning Materials Reviews
With learner training and language for reviews

Choose one (specific) thing for learning English, preferably something that your partner 
knows or at least has heard of. Describe its good points and bad points, who it is most and
least suitable for, etc, as if you were writing an Amazon review. Your partner will listen and 
then comment and/ or ask you for more details. 

Suggested phrases for reviewing materials
 cheap/ reasonable – expensive/ overpriced
 complicated/ tricky – easy to use
 (in)effective
 flexible/ adaptable
 including
 innovative – traditional
 leading
 overrated
 packed with
 pocket-sized
 radical – tried and tested
 recommended
 similar to
 simple (but effective)
 (un)suitable
 time consuming
 tricky
 underrated
 worth(while) – worthless
 Looking at…
 In addition
 An additional… is…
 On the other hand
 On the other side of the coin
 Turning from the advantages to the disadvantages
 Moving onto…
 Despite…,…
 Nevertheless,…/ Nonetheless,…
 All in all/ Overall
 For all those reasons,…

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

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Suggested questions
 Can it…?
 Can you… with it?
 Did you have any problems with…?
 Do you need…?
 Do you think it will…?
 Does it claim…?
 Does it live up to…?
 How does it…?
 How long did you…?
 How does it compare to…?
 How long would it take to…?
 How useful is it for…?
 I found that… Do you have the same experience?
 I heard that… Is that true?
 Is it better for… (than…)?
 Is it easy/ difficult to…?
 Is it suitable for…?
 Is it useful for…?
 Is it worth…?
 Is… an advantage or a disadvantage?
 It sounds… Is that right?/ Is that fair?
 Overall, do you think…?
 When was it (first/ last)…?
 Who wrote/ published…?
 Would you recommend it for…?

Ask about any words or phrases you don’t understand, questions you couldn’t answer, etc.

Without looking above, brainstorm suitable language for reviews, including adjectives, 
opposites, phrases for looking at both sides, etc. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

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Kinds of materials

Specific materials

Things to talk about

app(lication)

audiobook

business English materials

CD (ROM)

(kids’) chant/ song

children’s book/ DVD/ TV/…

collocations practice

comic (strip)

correspondence course

(learner’s/ electronic) dictionary

DVD

e-book

Facebook page/ feed

graded reader/ing materials

grammar checker

(self-study) grammar materials

language exchange/ school/…

list of language learning tips

list of recommendations

list of useful language

(listings/ freebie) magazine

model texts/ model dialogues

MOOC

newspaper

online lecture/ presentation

parallel text books

phrasebook

podcast

poem/ book of poetry

pronunciation materials

 6 Minute English

 Academic Word List

 ALC English Journal

 BBC Learning English 

drama/ News Review

 Berlitz phrasebooks

 Business Result

 Busuu.com

 DuoLingo.com

 Eigo de Asobo

 Email English

 Flashcard Stash

 Focus on IELTS

 Google Translate

 General Service List

 Headway

 IELTSbuddy.com

 Johnny Grammar

 Kaplan test preparation

 LearnEnglishKids

 Learning Time with 

Timmy

 Lingual.ly

 Market Leader

 (FCE) Masterclass

 Murphy’s English 

Grammar in Use

 MyWordBook

 NHK materials

 Oxford Advanced 

 advantages/ 

benefits/ selling 

points/ positive 

points/ good 

points

 disadvantages/ 

drawbacks/ 

negative points/ 

bad points

 accuracy

 availability 

 comparisons to 

others

 content

 cost

 design/ 

attractiveness

 difficulty

 ease of use

 effectiveness

 effort needed

 features

 future

 functions

 history

 level

 market share

 marketing 

(claims)

 motivation

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

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radio programme

smartphone game

software

speech

study abroad (agent/ provider)

(writing) style guide

test preparation materials

textbook

translation materials

TV programme

Twitter feed

video

(self-study) vocabulary materials

website

YouTube channel

Learner’s Dictionary

 Oxford Express series

 Penguin Readers

 Rosetta Stone

 Simple English 

Wikipedia

 SpeakingPal English 

Tutor

 SuperSimpleSongs

 TED.com

 The Business 2.0

 The English We Speak

 Vocabla

 Vocabulary in Use

 Voxy

 popularity

 portability

 reliability

 reuse

 size/ length

 suitability for…

 techniques

 time

 usefulness

 uses

 overall judgement

 recommendations

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2020

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