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.