Sunday, April 8, 2012

The role of WebQuests in learning a foreign/second language

The originator of this format for web based lessons, Dr. Bernie Dodge, says that a WebQuest is .".. an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet. It's really a good thing to use webQuest in language teaching. The use of WebQuest will improve the students' critical thinking. Webquest reqiur the student to depend on themselves and to use their thinking abilities. The students have to ask, contrast,make decisions and recommendations. when the students use WebQuest, they will learn how to search effectively, evaluate what they find, and put it to use. And i think Students are enthusiastic about learning through webQuests. They will get the information from the material available on webQuest & they are not available on their text book.  webquest make the student responsible of his learning. Web-quests can also used for project-based learning. A teacher can create a web-quest for final project. Web-quests can be used for individual and collaborative work.  students will have internalized many of the cognitive strategies built into WebQuests, so that students direct and guide their own studies and findings. It's a great idea to use WebQuest with English foreign learners but i'm not sure that i will use it. we still have limitation of technology in our schools. Our schools still don't have network connection & some schools don't even have enough computers. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Website Evaluation

This website is about learning English as a second language. The author of this website is Kenneth Beare. Kenneth has taught general English and English for Specific Purposes in Germany, New York, and Italy. He has developed numerous multi-media ESL courses for clients in Italy, England, Canada and the USA.  he also knows what it means to learn a new language in order to adjust to a different culture.
His education:
Kenneth obtained degrees in the USA and Germany. He also received his Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) diploma from Trinity College in London.
The accuracy of this website is excellent. The Facts are correct. No spelling or grammatical errors. The objectivity of this site is very good. The author present a limited perspective on the topics. The language he used is simple and easy to understand. His arguments based on reasons not on his emotions. The links which are lead to other websites are easy to read, they work  and support the author’s claims. The graphics are good. the page and graphics load quickly. The graphics fit the theme and purpose of the page. The text size and the style  are excellent. The colors are clear and appropriate for the purpose of this website. The only negative point which we found that: the homepage has a long list and themes and so many related notes and blogs on the right side  of the page that could distract the reader and confuse him . Its really good and useful website to use it with the students. It will help them to learn or improve their English language.

This site is for kids who are learning English as a foreign or second language. its logo is “the place for fun learning “. It provide good learning on a fun way that attracts young learners and keep them interested . There is a small introduction that explain  and clarify each thing the site provides. It offers to the learners on line activities and hundreds of printable  worksheets. It also has games, quizzes, songs and resources for parents and teachers. The interface and design are wonderful for kids, it has nice images and icons that fits the themes.The text  is well organized ,clear and easy to read . The background color is light and comfortable to the sight so every thing is clear and easy to see and read . The links are well organized in the links area, easy to found  and work correctly. Based on all of the above, we think that this website will be a good use for young students that expose them to English with the help and guide of their teacher, because it seems a little difficult for children to use it by their own.