Going around Lisbon
A Travel Guide
A WebQuest for EFL Students
This activity was developed for my level 4 semi-intensive English Language course (MArch2006).
is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used
by students is online. By providing links necessary to complete the quest,
the student is able to focus on the material rather than spend time looking
for it. The five-part WebQuest (Introduction, Task, Resources, Process,
Evaluation, and Conclusion) promotes critical thinking at the levels of
analysis, synthesis and evaluation."
This assignment also develops cooperative and collaborative work and research skills, stimulates studentsí creativity and brings a fresh, dynamic, motivating perspective into the teaching/learning world.
The lesson requires the students to research about their own country and create an e-travel guide (in a wiki format) through role play based activities.
This lesson is designed for Intermediate - advanced adult EFL learners.
Learners are expected to read the information provided through the links made available at the resources section and be able to compile and transform the data they find most useful into coherent texts. This lesson plan engages individuals into cooperative and team work and also stimulates collaboration among the involved parties.
This lesson deals with cultural issues and focuses in some different areas related to a country (traditions, history, food, music, etc) and can be used with the purpose to make students aware of their own culture through the eyes of a foreign individual. It can also be adapted for students to work about other countries that are foreign to them and thus provide them with a different perspective and culture awareness, in comparison to their own country.
The student completionís schedule can vary according to the studentsí proficiency level and can also depend on how the teacher has planned to assign the webquest. It is advisable to have the students complete one task per session,if they are working in the school computer lab.
This will also require students to display basic computer skills.
The teacher will prepare a computer lab pre-session, explaining the students what a webquest is and what it is expected of them, concerning their performance. The students will be asked about their computer skills and the teacher will always be available to explain how things work before and through the webquest tasks develop..
The evaluation process will be carried out by guest teachers, who will examine the final products according to the grading criteria.
The group grades will be qualitative and will reflect the number of points given.
1-4 points = needs improvement
5-8 points = satisfactory
9-12 points= good
13-16 points = outstanding
This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn in a contextualized situation and engage in meaningful tasks. The webquest can also be regarded as a new, innovative way to motivate students and enhance learning. The main concern about this kind of activities is, in the teacher's perspective, to create a different learning atmosphere, to make the students interact more closely with the teaching/learning contents and ultimately develop their language skills.
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