Why can WebQuests
be useful in L2
teaching?
Malba Barahona
What is a webquest?
A Webquest is “an inquiry-oriented
activity in which most or all of the
information used by learners i...
Model for writing
WebQuests
Dodge (2001) proposes the following principles
when designing a webquest:
“find great sites; o...
Model of WebQuests
Examples
 English Speaking Countries
 Today’s News
 Frankestein
 Fruit and vegetables
 Trip to London
 Teen Magazine...
Why in L2
classroom?
- Students get engaged in collaborative
activities
Shared learning experiences and new
knowledge
Why in L2
classroom?
 Input: Exposure to Authentic material
 Output: Different Products can be the result of the
collabo...
Why in L2
classroom?
Webquests promote an integrated
approach to communicative, realistic
and critical learning as student...
Let’s evaluate
webquests
To evaluate and analyse some webquests
you’ll do one webquest about webquests.
Click here and fol...
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Webquests in EFL/ESL teaching

  1. 1. Why can WebQuests be useful in L2 teaching? Malba Barahona
  2. 2. What is a webquest? A Webquest is “an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners'time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation (Dodge, 1995).”
  3. 3. Model for writing WebQuests Dodge (2001) proposes the following principles when designing a webquest: “find great sites; orchestrate your learners and resources; challenge your learners to think; use the medium and scaffold high expectations. A Webquest usually contains the following (Dodge,1995) components: an introduction (why we are doing this) tasks (what is supposed to be accomplished) process (how to go about it) an evaluative and concluding section.
  4. 4. Model of WebQuests
  5. 5. Examples  English Speaking Countries  Today’s News  Frankestein  Fruit and vegetables  Trip to London  Teen Magazine  Webquests for L2 teachers
  6. 6. Why in L2 classroom? - Students get engaged in collaborative activities Shared learning experiences and new knowledge
  7. 7. Why in L2 classroom?  Input: Exposure to Authentic material  Output: Different Products can be the result of the collaborative work.  The learning is mediated by different tools including web sites.  Webquests can be used to mediate any language skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening.
  8. 8. Why in L2 classroom? Webquests promote an integrated approach to communicative, realistic and critical learning as students engage in goal oriented tasks. The internet is used as a means to accomplish the tasks. Webquests contribute to “transform newly acquired information into a more sophisticated understanding” (March, 2003)
  9. 9. Let’s evaluate webquests To evaluate and analyse some webquests you’ll do one webquest about webquests. Click here and follow the steps. Enjoy it!

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