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  • 1. Forging New Pathways in English Language Teaching with the Use of Web 2.0 WebQuests Tiffany Lorch ( [email_address] ) The School District of Philadelphia Dr. Cate Crosby ( [email_address] ) West Chester University of PA
  • 2. What are Web 2.0 Webquests?
    • Web-based inquiry-oriented activities
    • Learners gather information from multiple sources - podcasts, weblogs, wikis
    • Creative collaboration
    • Information sharing
    • Research opportunities
    • Thinking, evaluating skill development
    • Students summarize, synthesize, organize, evaluate, present information
    • Help ESOL students develop various aspects of their language skills, literacy
    • Simulate how students daily use technology
    • Expand ways in which ESOL learners can use English
  • 3. Why?
    • 21 st Century Preparation
    • Collaboration between students
    • Dialogue journals
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Distance Learning/Online Courses
    • Silent Activity
    • Homework
    • Empowering technically apt students
    • Motivation
  • 4. Considerations
    • Context
    • Student Level
    • Objectives
    • Learning Goals
    • Topic
    • Purpose for using the technology
      • Caution: Make sure that the lesson is more important than the technology!
  • 5. Assumptions
    • Students are digitally literate in blogs, wikis, and in digital media sharing sites (online photo galleries, podcast sites, video sharing etc.)
      • Without some cursory knowledge, the project would only be appropriate for a technology course because the learning curve would be prohibitive
    • Students have access to a computer with internet capabilities
  • 6. Sample Webquest
    • Science Fiction -
  • 7. Background for Earth Day Webquest
    • Context: 8 th Grade (appropriate for middle school to adult)
    • Proficiency: High intermediate, Advanced (appropriate for intermediate and beyond)
    • Objectives:
      • Students will collaborate and negotiate until a consensus is reached
      • Students will be able to use their newly acquired knowledge to persuade a listener and speak publicly
      • Students will be able to use their 21 st Century skills to research and share their work in an authentic context.
  • 8. Topic and Content
    • Earth Day 2009
    • Recycling
    • Cost effectiveness
    • Compare and Contrast
    • Elements of persuasion
  • 9. Purpose for Using Technology
    • Cross-sectional collaboration
    • Promotion of Digital Literacy
    • Empowering timid students (ELLs in mainstream classroom.)
    • Differentiating Instruction
    • Motivation –predominately they enjoy using computers
    • Promotes independence
  • 10. Students
    • Ousmane
      • Guinnea
    • Tseyonawit
      • Ethiopia
    • Bethelem
      • Ethiopia
  • 11. Students’ Instructions
  • 12. Where do we start? Outside Links
    • The WebQuest site -
    • WebQuests for ELLs –
    • Exploring, Using, Adapting, and Creating WebQuests –
    • WebQuest Resource Page –
    • ESL Podcasts –
    • Simple English Wikipedia –
  • 13. Communication
    • Class Website
    • E-mail
    • Social Networking sites
    • Blackboard
  • 14. Special Considerations
    • Make sure to take L2 proficiency into account when choosing sites (follow your searches with the words “ESL” or “kids” in order to find simplified language options.
    • Survey students to find out their level of digital literacy (Be specific).
    • Be cautious about sending young students to sites that may include adult content (YouTube and Google images)
    • Keep it simple at first! Add technologies as you are able to establish students’ familiarity.
  • 15. Now What?
    • Use your objectives and goals to decide what you want students to be able to do or learn from the webquest
    • Search for websites on your topic that you think your ELLS can comprehended
    • Keep track of your research using a site like Diigo which offers special services for teachers
      • It is highly recommended to educate students about this service as it has many authentic uses – particularly in higher education
  • 16. Something for Everyone
    • Video- create, find, use, share
    • Audio- create, find, use, share
    • Reading- skim, scan, interpret, analyze
    • Speaking and Listening- evaluate, repeat, interpret, share, negotiate, debate
    • Proofreading- discern, edit, correct
    • Games/Puzzles- play, compete, solve
    • Research- collaborate, learn, teach,
    • Present – publish, speak publically
  • 17. Suggested Topics
    • Holidays and Special Occasions
    • Topics students are studying in content-area classes
    • Their home countries
    • Hobbies
    • Pop Culture
    • News and Politics
    • Social Customs
    • The options are endless!