A Long Weekend Abroad

 

Teacher Page

A WebQuest for levels A1 A2 of the European Languages Portfolio (English)

Designed by

Lucia Barranco
lbarranco@educacio.caib.es

 

Introduction | Learners | Standards | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Student Page


Introduction

Introduction: This WebQuest was designed as part of the teacher training course "Integrating ICT in the Foreign Languages Classroom: WebQuest", organized by the Centre de Professorat d'Eivissa i Formentera and presented by Ms Francesca Vidal.

The aim of this lesson is to put into practice in a "realistic context", the contents and objectives of a unit about "Travel" in the textbook I was using with a group of students.

Learners

Learners: This lesson is designed for students at 3rd / 4th year ESO (adapted curriculum). The level, according to the Common European Framework / European Languages Portfolio descriptors, would be A1 - A2: basic users

Curriculum Standards

  • Understand global and / or specific information written in the foreign language.
  • Use the foreign language in communicative situations in a creative way.
  • Think about how the linguistic and communicative systems work, both in the student's first and foreign languages.
  • Be receptive and critical towards the sources of information.

 

In this lesson the students will:

  • Look for specific information in the Internet.
  • Write and learn the differences between a letter and a postcard.
  • Discuss and cooperate in order to carry out the task.

Use, in context, the grammar and vocabulary learnt previously

 

Process

The lesson will take 5 class periods:

1st period:

  • Formation of groups (pairwork).
  • Students decide where and when they want to go.

2nd period:

  • Students will work individually gathering the information and filling in the tables in Attachments 1 and 2.

3rd period:

  • Students share the information and decide on the image they will use in the postcard (pairwork).

4th period:

  • Individually, they will write the postcard and the letter.

5th period:

  • Presentation to the class of the final products.
  • Evaluation and teacher's comments.

 

Resources Needed

  • A computer per student
  • Access to the Internet available
  • Word processor
  • Printer


Evaluation

 

Fair

1

Acceptable

2

Well Done

3

Excellent

4

Score

Planning the weekend

 

Research and gather information

 

Does not collect any information related to the topic

Collects very little information related to the topic.

Collects basic information related to the topic.

Collects all the necessary information related to the topic.

 

Share information

 

Does not share any information with partners.

Shares very little information related to the topic.

Shares basic information related to the topic.

Shares all the necessary information related to the topic.

 

 

Postcard

 

 

Contents

Information is confusing and incomplete.

Some points are missing and / or confusing.

Information is complete but some points are confusing.

Information is complete and clearly stated.

 

Layout

More than 5 parts are missing.

3 5 parts are missing

1 2 parts are missing.

The layout of a postcard is complete.

 

Punctuation and capitalization

More than 4 errors in punctuation and capitalization.

3 - 4 errors in punctuation and capitalization.

1 - 2 errors in punctuation and capitalization.

No errors in punctuation and capitalization.

 

Grammar and spelling

More than 5 errors in grammar or spelling.

3 5 errors in grammar or spelling.

1 3 errors in grammar or spelling.

No errors in grammar or spelling.

 

Image

No image shown.

Image not relevant to topic.

Adequate image but not well printed.

Adequate image and well printed.

 

Letter

 

Contents

Information is confusing and incomplete

Some points are missing and / or confusing.

Information is complete but some points are confusing.

Information is complete and clearly stated

 

Layout

More than 4 parts are missing.

2 4 parts are missing

1 2 parts are missing.

The layout of an informal letter is complete.

 

Punctuation and capitalization

More than 4 errors in punctuation and capitalization.

3 - 4 errors in punctuation and capitalization.

1 - 2 errors in punctuation and capitalization.

No errors in punctuation and capitalization.

 

Grammar and spelling

More than 5 errors in grammar or spelling.

3 5 errors in grammar or spelling.

1 3 errors in grammar or spelling.

No errors in grammar or spelling.

 

Task

 

Tables and written work

Task is incomplete and /or it is apparent that little effort was taken in developing it.

At least two of the steps were not accurately completed.

One of the steps was not accurately completed.

All the steps of the task were accurately completed.

 

Total score

 

 


Conclusion

In a time of e-mails, teaching our students how to write a letter or a postcard may be something different for them. Enjoyable? I hope so.

Credits & References

Thanks to Francesca Vidal, who introduced us to WebQuests; to Scott South and his ELF lessons based on authentic websites; to Sandra Ribas for the technical help and advice; and to all the teachers who have helped develop this lesson with their work.

All the images have been downloaded from Clipart except the Conclusion image: http://www.basildonbond.com/images/art-letter-writing.jpg.


Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page