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ESL Webquest Workshop

 
Introduction
What better way to discover what a WebQuest is than by doing one? In this WebQuest you will discover its characteristics, visit some sample sites and finally make your own ESL WebQuest.

 
 
Task
Discover the characteristics of WebQuests through on-line tutorials.
Visit sample WebQuests in order to enrich your knowledge  base about WebQuests.
Create your own WebQuest for your students.

 

 

 
Process
Part 1:
With a partner, visit the links in Resources Part 1 .
In your own words, write a short definition of the different characteristics of a WebQuest.
Discuss your answers with another pair.
Share your conclusions with all of the group.
 
Part 3
Choose a theme from your ESL program.
Using a search motor (AltaVista, Yahoo ...), do a site search on that theme.
Select the sites that you think you could use for your WebQuest.
Paste the URL addresses in a document. You may use MSWord, Microsoft Front Page Express, Netscape Composer or any other suitable program.
Make up the rest of your WebQuest using the criteria that you came up with in Part 1.
Save your WebQuest.
Share the different WebQuests with your colleagues.

 
Learning Advice
Be very specific with the wording of your search topic. It will save you lots of time.
If your topic is more than one word, don't forget to put quotation marks around it.
Take the time to select sites that are appropriate for your students.
Don't forget to use your back arrow to return to the original lesson.

 
Conclusion
Surfing the Net can sometimes be difficult in a second language. Also, keeping students on task is a challenge in any Internet class. We, as teachers, can make it a much more enjoyable, constructive experience by providing a framework for them to work in. The WebQuest is a very viable and pedagogical alternative allowing the teacher to select the appropriate sites as well as keeping the students on task.
I hope that this has been a positive experience for you!

 
Source:

Randy Hamlyn,
ESL consultant
C.S. des Navigateurs

Prog.: James Rainville, jamesr@grics.qc.ca