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. 

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