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Introduction

The label e-Xplore Terms® stands for ingenious interactive, multimedia learning tools, which have become known as terminology trainers. Professor Bellmann developed the concept of these concise WebCourses to help students learn English terms most effectively. All terminology trainers represent authentic English or American usage. Methodological diversity and game-like elements make learning a pleasure.

To start with, study a number of terms of a special field of your choice and employ a variety of senses to promote sustained learning. Read the terms, their definitions and example sentences. Then practise the information with native speakers as they read the texts. Carefully listen to their pronunciation and intonation and try to imitate them. Suitable illustrations will help you recognise many terms. At the end of the introductory presentation process, you will have to type the terms correctly.

After you have had a number of terms presented in this fashion, you will have to practise these terms in further four variable exercises. Once you have accomplished this, these terms are then marked as "learned" and are not asked about again. In the meantime, you will be presented with more terms, which you will, in turn, have to apply properly in five different exercises, gradually increasing the level of difficulty in your terminology work.

With a little diligence, you can acquire a verifiable ESP (English for Specific Purposes) certificate according to the European standard.

Educational Principles

All terminology trainers provide a structured and didactically coordinated system of vocabulary introductions, a wide variety of practise exercises, tests and continuous feedback to learners. The level of difficulty -- for both the terms as well as the exercises to be completed -- increases in line with students' learning progress.

The fundamental structure of terminology trainers is based on the well-established "flashcard" learning methodology. In contrast to traditional flashcard approaches, terminology trainers are built into multimedia WebCourses, activating a variety of human senses. With regard to receptive language skills, learners read texts, study illustrations and listen to spoken texts. Furthermore, productive language competency is promoted by writing tasks and speaking exercises.

Learning by means of terminology trainers is initiated and effected by a structured variety of speech, cognitive and fun activities, which employ the different human senses to promote sustained learning.

The learners’ progress is evaluated on a step-by-step basis. Incorrect answers are highlighted in red; correct ones in green. For wrong answers, help is readily available in the form of the initial presentation of the term.

There is a status bar graph displayed on every screen, offering a detailed overview of the current learning progress or achievement score reached on the levels before the target level "learned terms". The graph also informs learners about the level at which they are currently "playing the game". In fact, it is this game-like element of shifting an ever increasing number of terms to higher levels which makes learning a sportive fun yet goal-oriented experience.