English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.1
EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 93 you to a unit in the book rather than offering an explanation. There is also a hint button, but this merely eliminates one of the three multiple choices. A further issue is that it lacks the extended functions of the Activities app. The Tests app also suffers from a lack of editing. Each exercise gives you a gap-fill sentence and a choice of three possible answers to fill the gap. However, in some exercises more than one answer was acceptable, and in some, the answer, though acceptable grammatically, would not be the most natural usage in the given sentence. It was also possible to select the answer based merely on the form without reading the sample sentence at all. Another fault, at least with my download, was that I couldn’t turn off the annoying jingle when I got an answer right (or the even more annoying buzz when I got an answer wrong). Even setting my phone to mute didn’t do it. I imagine, though, that this technical difficulty will soon be addressed. The beauty of an app is that certain faults can easily be corrected. There’s no need to wait for a next edition; all it requires is an update. Apps are mostly used on the move – on trains and buses or in waiting rooms – and in those little slices of time when you are waiting for your coffee to arrive or your class to start. Teachers have long urged students to make use of these times to revise vocabulary or grammar; these English Grammar in Use apps could be one way to make that option a lot easier and more interesting. Denise Norton is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Studies at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto.
English Australia Journal 27.2