A WebQuest for Secondary students
Isabel Gelabert Albertí and Joan Gelabert Vich
IES Arxiduc Lluís Salvador. Palma de Mallorca.
Welcome to the sightseeing London Web-Quest!
This visit to London will bring you history, sights of the city, culture, including a Pub lunch, and a Thames Cruise, while you get clues to find your Spanish friend who's waiting for you somewhere in the city. But where? Answer the following questions to find out.
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world: culture, history, art, parks, museums, shopping, science, music, monuments and the language.
English is the most widely spoken language in the world, and many students go to England to study the language, but most students who are learning English as a subject in a Secondary School have never been to London. Unfortunately you might not be able to visit it, in person but somehow you can, virtually, of course, on this trip to London.
As you have read the book, A trip to London, you have enough knowledge to make a more realistic trip to this city, visiting some interesting places and trying to find out where your friend is waiting for you.
You join a team and work together trying to find out where your friend is in London. You move around sightseeing while you learn about history, art, culture....
Your team consists of:
- An art student
- A reporter
- A history student
- An engineer
Each member of the team will visit sites and answer the following questions:
1- Where is the Rosetta Stone and why is it called Rosetta?
2- Where is the Imperial State Crown and how many diamonds does it contain? What's the name of the bird that lives in that place?
3- Who was Thomas Blood and what is he famous for?
4-Alexander Fleming was buried in the same place where Lady Diana got married. What happened to this place in 1666 and who was the architect who rebuilt it?
5-Where is the London Eye? How long did it take British Airways to build it? Is the London Eye taller than Big-Ben?
6-Who was the English King who met Pocahontas? Where in London was Captain Smith buried?
7-There are many famous pubs in London. Choose one.What's its name? How old is it? What food can you eat in this pub? At what time?
8-What´s the name of the street where the Prime Minister lives? How long has he been living there?
9- There´s a famous clock in London. If it is a clear day in London, you´ll be able to see the time. So, what time is it now in London? Is it the same time here?
10- Very near where you are, there is a famous Abbey in which every king and queen of England has been crowned since 1308. What is its name? Get a picture of the Coronation chair.
11-Go down to the river Thames and from the Pier, take the boat to Hampton Court. How much do you pay for a standard fare? The official web where you´ll get the information is http://www.wpsa.co.uk/.
12- A famous king who married six times lived here. What was his name?
13- Go to Westminster and take the underground to Knightsbridge. This is a famous shopping area with one of the most famous department stores in London where the Queen does her shopping. What´s the name of this Store? Go in, buy some chocolates, and tell us how much money you spent.
14- In the Science Museum there's the biggest interactive gallery. What is it called? Take part in one of the activitites. What is it about?
15-You want to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. At what time is the ceremony? When can you visit the palace?
16- On the Victoria Embankment, next to the River Thames, there is a large Egyptian obelisk called Cleopatra's Needle. When was it transported to England? When was it made?
1-Meet with your team and choose your roles: art student, reporter, engineer or history student.
2- Once you have assigned your roles on your team, each member will visit sites related to your role.
- The engineer will answer questions number 5, 9 , 13 and 14
- The history student will answer questions 1, 6, 11 and 12
- The Art student will answer questions 2 , 4 , 10 and 16
- The reporter will answer 3, 7, 8 and 15
After visiting the sites, team members will work together to process the information they got, and then click here and resolve the crossword to answer the next question.
What's the name of the square in the center of London where your friend is waiting for you? The word you are looking for is written downwards.
Finally, search information about this place and write a project about the history that gave the name to this square. Is there any connection with Spanish history? This project can be written in any type of multimedia format.
Vaughan, Lester. A trip to London. Richmond Readers
and others web searchers.
You can find a tourist map of London in:
The teacher will evaluate the work in the team, the development of the task and the final result.
With this Web-Quest you have:
1- Worked as a member of a team
2- Searched information through the Internet
3- Learned to select the amount of information required
4-Visited the exciting city of London
5- Learned about English culture
6- Practised your English and developed the linguistic skills.
We hope you have had a good time doing it!