WebQuest

In recent years WebQuests are becoming an increasingly popular method adopted by language teachers to teach all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

The advantages of using WebQuests are:

1. The materials used are authentic and suitable for the learners because they are selected beforehand, as a result students do not search for information aimlessly.
2. Students know exactly what is required step by step
3. WebQuests normally acquire students to work in pairs or groups which encourages co-operative learning and gives the students more opportunities to practice their speaking skills and exchange real information.
4. Students are motivated and enjoy using WebQuests because it is different to the traditional way of teaching and allows them to develop a range of skills.

The disadvantages of using WebQuests are:

1. It can take a long time to plan and takes up considerable amount of time in class.
2. Students can get easily distracted and may get bored going through a number of websites.
3. Students may not follow the WebQuest and go off track

Overall, I am a major supporter of WebQuests and believe it can be an extremely beneficial learning tool to use in the classroom. I feel it is a very useful motivational learning tool and allows individual knowledge to develop into more sophisticated knowledge, aided by online resources. Nevertheless, I believe in order to use WebQuests more efficiently both teachers and students need to be trained.

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