Let’s Go Online Homework Review (Part 1)

I don’t know about you but I’ve always found that the workbooks accompanying course books like Let’s Go, the seven part series for children by OUP, never provide quite enough writing practice for students. As a result, I end up spending a LOT of time making additional worksheets for them to get that needed writing practice, and it would be no exaggeration to say that after a few years I must have accumulated hundreds if not thousands of them. It’s probably a situation faced by a lot of teachers. But then comes along the fourth edition of Let’s Go with its online homework, and poof! Problem solved.
LG Online homework 1Students simply visit the online homework page where they can complete exercises in listening, reading, (occasionally speaking) and writing assigned by the teacher for homework. This is great news for teachers not only because it frees you from the chore of making practice exercises, but OUP’s online software also automatically corrects the assignments, scores them and generates stats for you to evaluate how your students are progressing in their lessons. This also frees up precious class time for more communicative activities, relegating some of the drudgery to the home.

So let’s take a look at how it works from a student’s point of view with the latest version of Let’s Go 4. In class you’ve completed the first two pages of unit 1, which cover asking about the weather in the future tense. The grammar pattern is How’s the weather going to be? and the vocabulary words are: hot, humid, warm, cold, cool, and foggy. There’s a dialogue page and a chant as well. After learning to speak the language in class, the children log on at home, choose the unit they are to study from the drop down menu. In this case it’s Unit 1 Let’s Talk.

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Students click on ‘Menu’ and then choose from which unit they will study. From there they choose the right section.

They will see six tabs labeled A through F. Students click on the first tab and see:

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Students click the button next to the picture to hear the dialogue they studied in their course books. Then they move the sentence bubble into the correct order along the side.

Then tab B:

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In this exercise students listen to the dialogue and complete the sentences by choosing the right word from the drop down boxes.

Then tab C:

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In this exercise, students listen to the vocabulary word and click the correct picture.

Then tab D:

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In this exercise students read the sentence and choose the correct word to complete it from the drop-down menu.

Then tab E:

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This exercise is a dictation. They can listen to the speech as many times as they like.

And finally tab F:

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In this exercise students listen again to a chant that appeared in the coursebook and then fill in the blanks.

This pattern of activities is repeated through each section of the course book, making for hours of extra practice. Then there’s the bottom of the screen:

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1. The student’s score
2. How many attempts it took the student to achieve a perfect score
3. The check mark will correct the student’s work once they have done. The counter clockwise arrow reloads the page. The magnifying glass shows the correct answers, but this only becomes available to the student after they have completed the page.

Remember, the program will automatically score the student’s work and record it in the teacher’s log so you will know whether children have done their homework, how well they did, and how many attempts it took them. That’s time you don’t have to spend correcting (and occasionally scolding) in class time. OUP also offers similar online homework for its English Time and Everybody Up course books.

Click here to try the free demo or watch this video to learn more:

In an upcoming post I’ll be talking about how teachers set up and manage this homework.

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