English for Beginners Worksheets. Are they any good? I think they are not as good as they should be. Here is my experience with them.
My experience with worksheets in beginner’s English was horrible. Not only were they not very effective but the materials they contained were not very helpful either. You can definitely learn from these types of products, but only if you use them in a proper way.
The first thing I noticed about the worksheets that I received was the lack of actual grammar or language teaching. If you have ever watched television commercials or other advertisements for products and have seen ads that tell you to click a certain button in order to see the kind of viable product that you want, that is how these worksheets are. There is no instruction on what you should say and how to say it. Instead, you just click a button and a sentence pop up. This is not exactly the way I would go about learning English, so I felt a little bit disheartened.
Another thing that I did notice was that some of the free online lesson plan that I received were very difficult to follow. For example, the first one I got was all about the honorifics, which consisted of you saying “Mr./Ms.” and “Your Majesty”. When I asked for help, the directions were confusing, and I didn’t know what to do next. When I got the second lesson, it was about the honorifics, again, and there was no real explanation about what the instructions were.
Remember, this is supposed to be learning to speak English! In fact, that is what they said, “Learn to speak English in order to get a better job”. Of course, I don’t think that anyone would recommend that you learn English as a way to get a better job, because you could be doing yourself a disservice. Instead, I would suggest you take the lessons and then brush up on the English language.
The best way to learn English as a second language is to speak it in a public place like a restaurant or a mall. That way, you can practice what you have learned. Having said that, if you decide to try out a worksheet, be sure that it is actually taking you somewhere where you can practice, not just reminding you to click a button in a language that you barely understand.
Since I had nothing else to do, I picked out three of the worksheets and tried them out, trying to figure out what the instructions were. The three are: Think in the Italian Verb Mood, Part of Speech, Phonetics, and Construction.
All three of the lessons actually have three different moods, which is nice, but the part of speech lessons were difficult to follow. Still, I was able to finish the first two lessons, and started on the third, but I never finished it because I was never able to put it all together.