Grammar: words and structures below, or at sentence level
Basic Grammar including relevant punctuation, vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure.
Advanced Grammar most needed for academic style - passive, nominalisation, cohesion, modality, appraisal.
fullest, most integrated basic and advanced academic grammar work on web
Structure - Basic Grammar in Unit 4.Sentence Structure and Advanced Grammar in Unit 5.Academic Writing; also in Unit 1 Effective Writing
Content - theoretical knowledge very high quality; only site presenting grammar well integrated with style and genre. Advanced work includes passive, cohesion, nominalisation, modality.
Appearance - attractive, clear, well laid out
Design - interactive though sometimes repetitive; navigation reasonable
Instruction - very good though not always fun. Advantages are
lots of good and bad models from different disciplines, long examples with teacher
comments; every section has interactive tasks with correction and feedback.
Problem is sometimes texts so long and serious it may be hard to keep concentrating.
Helpful Hint: Best do do these units systematically as it is good instruction on crucial advanced grammar related to cohesion, nominalisation. New Critical Thinking unit - soon may have more grammar for analytical/critical writing
Very thorough at sentence level but not clearly integrated into academic text structure and style
Structure - Module 1. Word and Sentence Level most relevant
Content - very detailed but too restricted to word and sentence level.
Appearance - minimal but good use of colour, layout design, illustrations and movement, all presented clearly.
Design - not very interactive, but engaging and easily navigated - all information in clearly identified topics with clear links.
Instruction - mostly information and simple, clear, straightforward explanations in friendly, communicative spoken style. Examples and models mostly from literary texts. Exercises are fun too but not sufficient - very interactive but often focussed on testing word, sentence lvel knowledge rather than how to integrate into writing skills.
Helpful Hint - only visit if you need very basic help or want literary examples or lots of word/grammar exercises.
Also two very useful online interactive resources especially for students with English as an additional language. They have been developed by Australian universities and are freely available.
English for Uni
International English Help