About aaanwar2013

I am currently studying MA TEFL at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. I have an interest in technology in general and in particular the influence it has in an EFL classroom.

Material for WebQuest

WEBQUEST
Theme
Your Perfect Holiday

Introduction
Many of us all dream of the perfect vacation and would love to make it a reality one day. I am pretty certain many of you have been on holidays with family and friends and those who have not had the opportunity cannot wait to go. Well, now is the chance for you to plan the perfect holiday yourself. You are the Senior Accounts Manager for of one of the largest Holiday companies in the UK. The Director has requested you to make the perfect holiday package for you and your friends within a budget of £5000. There will be two major cities to choose from across the world.

Aims

1. You will learn 15 new items of vocabulary which will be measured by checking the answers to the vocabulary questions to make sure you are able to use the key phrases presented in this lesson.
2. Your reading skills will be developed through scanning different websites looking for specific information.
3. You will practice your speaking skills through discussions, role-plays and the final presentation.

Task

The task is to plan a 7 day trip for you and three friends using WebQuest. A WebQuest is an inquiry oriented lesson format in which all the information that you work with comes from the internet. Your job will be to find the airport, the airline, and the hotel. You will then need to find 3 activities to do whilst you are there. A record of all the prices must be kept as these will be needed later on for the PowerPoint presentation.
You have a choice to visit 2 cities each located in a different country. However, you will only pick one of these and that is where you will spend the 7 days.
After having completed the web quest and finding all the information required you will need to create a PowerPoint presentation and present this to the rest of the class. The presentation may include the following:

 The use of digital images, graphs and charts for both the report and presentation.
 Presentations must address the matters mentioned above and should be 4-5 minutes long.
 Assessment will be in accordance to the university’s published assessment criteria.

Process
1. Pick country
2. Find 3 facts about the city you are visiting
3. Find out the weather for your length of stay
4. Find the hotel (7 days)
5. Find 3 activities to do
6. Keep a record of all prices per person

PLEASE NOTE ANY ALL-INCLUSIVE HOLIDAYS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

WebQuest

1. Discuss with your partner the 3 things you like about going on holiday and 3 of the worst things.

2. Country
Open both links below and watch the commercials (visit Sydney and visit New York).
Choose from one of the cities below that you would like to visit your friends for a period of 7 days. There is a video clip which will help you make up your mind. Whilst watching the video listen carefully to the language being used.

 Australia, Sydney – http://youtu.be/Et61Lu8llvI

 America, New York – http://youtu.be/bTwBXnDmc5E

Work in pairs.
After watching the short video clips tell your partner 3 reasons for your choice of country. Discuss with your partner and to come to a decision as you can only pick one of the above.

FACTS
Open link below
http://www.factmonster.com/countries.html

Work in pairs and look for these specific pieces of information from this website pages.
You need to find the following three facts about the country:
1. Largest 3 cities in that country
2. Population
In addition, find 2 interesting facts about the country relating to tourism

Weather
Open link below
http://uk.weather.com/

Below each day write down the temperature.
7 day forecast:
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Remember to change the temperature from Celsius (C) to Fahrenheit (F) which can be found at the top right corner of the page.
This is a short task for you to familiarise yourselves with vocabulary words relating to weather.
1. Temperature
2. Celsius
3. Fahrenheit

Airport
Open link below and read the useful English phrases used in airports.
http://www.teacherjoe.us/TravelAirport.html

KEYWORDS (Please read the meanings of each word/phrase)
Luggage (non-countable noun): bags and cases. Also known as baggage.
Immigration (noun): the process of checking your passport and visa to make sure that you can be allowed to enter the country; the place where this checking is done.
Customs (noun): the place in an airport where your bags are checked to find out if any goods are being carried illegally.
Declare (verb): to officially tell someone the value of goods you have bought because you might have to pay tax on them.
Arrival (noun): arrive.
Aisle seat (noun): the seat closest to the area that runs down the centre of the plane in-between the seats.
Departure (noun): leave.
Duty-free shop (noun): a shop in an airport where you do not have to pay tax.
Runway: (noun) the type of road planes use to take off.
Stop over (phrasal verb): to stay at a place for one night or a few nights on the way to somewhere else.
Take-off (noun / phrasal verb): to leave the ground and start to fly.
After having read the phrases meaning of the words and phrases above please complete the airport questions on the link below.
http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/english-airport

Working in pairs, write a dialogue and try to include 10 of these keywords or phrases (you have 5 minutes to do this)

Now answer the following questions. Below is a list of websites which will help you.
1. Which of the 4 airports has the most amounts of passengers each year?
2. Which airport has the fewest runways?
3. Which airport has the most flights per day?
Manchester Airport http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/

Liverpool Airport http://www.liverpooljohnlennonairport.co.uk/

Leeds Bradford Airport http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/

Birmingham Airport http://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/

Airline
http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/
Make sure you include the following information in the PowerPoint presentation when finding an airline:
1. Airline company – Use British Airways
2. Ticket prices – Maximum £1000
3. Departure date and time – 22/04/13
4. Arrival date and time – 29/04/13
5. Direct or Stop-over (include how many stoppages)

Hotels
Using the website link below choose the hotel you wish to stay in.
http://www.expedia.co.uk/
Make sure you include the following information in the PowerPoint presentation when searching for a hotel:
1. Hotel name – Marriot
2. Star rating – 5 star
3. Cost of room per night
4. Type of room (please specify) – King suite
5. Facilities available e.g. restaurant, gym, swimming pool

Work in pairs
You have the opportunity to carry out a role-play and come up with your own phrases, just like you would check-in to a hotel in real life. Gives you the opportunity to practice and use your own language.
Student A can be the receptionist – Ask questions about their journey, the length of stay, how many people is the reservation for etc.
Student B can be the client – Ask questions about the facilities, about the transport links etc.

Entertainment (Here are some websites to help you)
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/
http://www.orbitz.com/things-to-do/
http://www.viator.com
http://www.nycgo.com/
http://www.sydney.com.au/activities.htm

In your pairs choose 3 activities that meet your interests and decide which are the best suited for both of you. One person might be a fitness fanatic, the other person likes his/her food or one of you may be a historian/archeologist. Make sure you choose 3 different types e.g. tour, dinner, museums etc. Explain why you have chosen these particular activities and write down the cost for each one. Keep it realistic and interesting.
1. Activity 1
2. Activity 2
3. Activity 3

Evaluation
Remember each member will be evaluated for team and individual work.

Self-evaluation
Work individually
Write 2-3 paragraphs about the following:
1. What new language you have learnt from this process
2. What you have learnt about the internet
3. What you have learnt about the destination
Finally, include any additional information you find that is important and relevant.

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.

Ipad

The website below presents a very interesting report on the how the ipad can benefit as an educational tool and the impact it has on both teaching and learning. The study provides detailed information about the many uses of the tool presenting facts, figures, graphs and the views of both teachers and students.

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/07/study-finds-benefits-in-use-of-ipad-as-educational-tool/

In addition, I found the following paper (link below) very useful and highly recommend that you read it. Using two (pilot) studies the paper examines the effectiveness and usefulness of using the ipad for reading and discusses whether or not the introduction of this device can alter the learning and working practices of students.

http://www.pixel-online.org/ICT4LL2011/common/download/Paper_pdf/IBL33-246-FP-Sekiguchi-ICT4LL.pdf

Skype

Skype is a growing form of interaction between people. Teachers and students are using Skype more and more to interact with each other as it allows students to learn about new languages and ideas. It can bring to life conversations where students can learn new languages with a class of native speakers. In addition, Skype is becoming an increasing popular tool used by a lot of overseas employers to interview potential candidates who reside elsewhere.

Learning for students can become more engaging, authentic and also inspirational when it goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Interacting with other students from different parts of the world can help motivate students as well as make them understand cultural differences. In addition, it allows students to practice their speaking and listening skills.

For teacher’s it can be used in many ways such as having guest speakers speak to students using video conferencing, as a learning tool which can offer extra help to learners who require more information and to also use it to collaborate on classroom projects by taking advantage of the free video calls and video conferencing.

Over the next few years I believe Skype will continue to grow and will be a very useful form of interaction for students and teachers.

Twitter Use

Twitter is an online social network site which allows users to send and read messages which are normally like text messages and are often referred to as “tweets”

Twitter is one of the most visited site all over the world enabling people to interact one another.This has many advantages as people can communicate with each other. This enables users to follow as many people as they like and get an update each time the person they follow tweets.

Twitter is a great form of interaction between people and is easily available especially with the latest smartphones.

Although twitter has many benefits where people can upload pictures and make new friends there are also disadvantages. Twitter can create “trolls” and cyber bullying which can affect peoples lives.

Twitter has been adopted as a communication and learning tool in educational settings mostly in colleges and universities and has been used to promote student interaction. Research has found this helps students communicate with each other, promotes informal learning and allows shy students a forum for increased participation and increases student engagement and overall course grades.

“IF WE TEACH TO…

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“IF WE TEACH TODAY AS WE TAUGHT YESTERDAY, WE ROB OUR CHILDREN OF TOMORROW”

“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school” – April Chamberlain

 

CALL and Internet Use in the EFL Classroom

There has been vast amount of debate over the past twenty years regarding the use of CALL (computer assisted language learning) in the classroom. As I am writing this using a computer and you are reading this blog via the Internet, I presume that you feel that CALL is beneficial to your teaching/learning experience.

I believe there are many advantages for students by using computers in the classroom. I feel that not only can CALL be effectively used for communicative tasks but also for correction and grammar practices. Furthermore, using the internet in your teaching can encourage critical thinking, promote collaborative learning and can be interdisciplinary.

I do realise there are limitations for using the internet. Firstly, it can be extremely difficult to find suitable materials for students as there is an abundance of information to search through. In addition, changing the level of language and appropriateness can also be very demanding for the teacher. Nonetheless, as long as the teacher is aware of the possible dangers of using the internet, I believe you can find a great deal of suitable materials which can be very useful.