iGE in the classroom

At Montclair State University in the US, iGE is used in Linguistics 220 (LNGN 220), Structure of American English. The lecturer supplements some of the App's sections with powerpoint slides, videos, additional explanations, and lots of small-group exercises in class.

Below is a review by one of the students.

London Calls — and MSU Answers

In this humble student’s opinion, Aarts and Wallis have constructed a useful and exciting App worthy of further classroom attention.”

The 2013 Spring semester at Montclair State University is underway and students have been gathering all necessary items to prepare themselves for their courses.

Of these items, the most costly expense would be the amount of money spent on texts for their classes. One refreshing aspect that has become apparent in this age of technology is of the availability of affordable materials that can be found online. Through various tablet devices that can be used in the classroom, students are finding a cost effective way to ensure that they have the proper materials for class.

One such class at MSU, in Montclair, New Jersey, has taken the idea of incorporating technology into the classroom a step further by abandoning the use of a traditional textbook all together in favor for an App that can be downloaded to tablet devices and cell phones.

The interactive Grammar of English (iGE) App, published by UCL Business PLC and written by Bas Aarts and Sean Wallis, has been the sole required material being used by students at MSU since the beginning of the semester, and reactions thus far have been enthusiastic.

For the students, the iGE App has been a valuable tool in and outside of the classroom. The design of the App allows for an ease of use that the students find reassuring as they quickly navigate content in both group and individual classroom tasks. Coupled to this are the exercises for each content area that students may consistently retake until they have become comfortable with subject areas. The iGE App acts as a mobile textbook that students have found themselves perusing and interacting with at various times during the course of the day whether in class or not. Students have mentioned challenging themselves with the exercises while in between classes, waiting on lines for various reasons, and any time they may have usually found themselves aimlessly wandering the net.

In this humble student’s opinion, Aarts and Wallis have constructed a useful and exciting App worthy of further classroom attention.

— John Damiano, student, Montclair State University, NJ, USA.

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