Project ELIAS Quality Evaluation

Project ELIAS Quality Evaluation

The primary goal of Project ELIAS is to provide a robust language learning environment system that is configured to accommodate any language with considerable ease of use. The project develops beginning, intermediate, and advanced materials for the project languages which include Amharic, Bamanankan, Igbo, Kinyarwanda, Pulaar, Somali, Swahili, Tigrinya, Twi, and Wolof. Lesson materials include vocabulary, monologues and conversations, grammar and student notes, and exercises. Audio and video recordings are also provided for select lessons and sections.

This Project ELIAS Quality Evaluation enables evaluators to submit their assessment of the ELIAS language learning system and its materials. The results of this evaluation are extremely important to Project ELIAS and will be employed in the advancement of the quality and design of the ELIAS website and lesson material. Implementation of these results will be manifested in subsequent enhancements to evaluated components and development of new ELIAS lessons and features.

This evaluation primarily targets quality aspects of Project ELIAS including:

  1. Usability and utility of ELIAS
  2. Quality of lessons
  3. Accuracy of materials and translations
  4. Quality of audio and video

To make an assessment of the various components in this evaluation, please view the lessons below and then respond to the survey questions that follow:

Lesson 17: Isi Nke Iri Na Asaa Na ụlọ m (In My House)
Lesson 19: Isi Nke Iri Na Itolu Nri (Food)

Unit 1: Indamutso (Greetings)
Dialogue: Rukundo Is Introducing Himself To His New Audience
Dialogue: A conversation between Nyiramana, Mukamana, and Mukasine

Lesson 1: Nko Alphabet
Lesson 4: At a Restaurant
Lesson 5: At a Barber Shop

Unit 2: Anndindiral (Introducing oneself)
Unit 3: Beynguure nden (The family)
Unit 10: Wowlugol ko Faalaa Huwwude (Talking About One's Future Activities)

Lesson 6: Waxyaalaha Dugsiga Khuseeya | Classroom Items
Lesson 7: Guriga | The house

Lesson 1: Irabu za Kiswahili
Lesson 5: Hair Salon
Lesson 10: Any time is tea time. Directions on how to make tea

Lesson 1: Akan Abusua Nhyehyɛeɛ (Akan Family System)
Lesson 6: Nkanee (Counting)


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1. Usability and utility of ELIAS

Project ELIAS aims to build a language learning system that is both easy to use and useful to users.

How would you rate the ease of use of the ELIAS website? How easy was it for you to learn your way around the website and navigate lessons?

How useful of beneficial do you find the ELIAS website and its content?

Please comment on the usability and utility of the ELIAS website.

2. Quality of lessons

Project ELIAS develops lessons for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of the project languages.

Are you able to view and navigate ELIAS lessons on your computer or tablet?

How would you rate the quality of the lesson material in ELIAS? How understandable do you find the lessons for language learning?

Please comment on the quality of lessons in Project ELIAS.

3. Accuracy of materials and translations

The primary objective of Project ELIAS is to provide quality materials that are effective for language learning. Please evaluate the accuracy of lesson materials and their translations.

How would you rate the correctness of the lesson content? Please rate the accuracy of lesson contents.

How would you rate the quality of translations in the lessons? Please rate the quality of translations by their accuracy.

Please comment on the accuracy of the lessons.

Audio & Video

Project ELIAS lessons feature audio recordings and video in various sections. An audio player or highlighted link appears whenever an audio recording is available for a piece of content. Users can control the audio in various standard ways to listen to the recording.

Are you able to play and control audio in lessons? You need to tap or click highlighted links or play buttons to start audio playback.

Are you able to view and control video in the lessons?

Please comment on the audio and video functionality.

Evaluator's Experience

In addition to developing language learning material, Project ELIAS aims to enhance its resources by soliciting diverse opinions from evaluators experienced in language teaching and learning. Please share your thoughts on language teaching and learning with comments below.

Have you taught a language before?

Have you learned a new language before?

As a language teacher, what methods have you found most effective for teaching languages to students?

As a language student, what methods have you found most effective for learning languages?

Given you experience, how effective do you find the ELIAS methodology of language teaching and learning?

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