Webquest: a collaborative strategy to teach content and language on the Web

Isabel Pérez Torres 


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Abstract 

WebQuest is an educational strategy designed by Bernie Dodge in 1995 that has been widely used in the last ten years to teach any subjects and at all levels. From the perspective of learning and teaching a second or foreign language, the WebQuest model is related to content-based and task-based learning, as students have to deal with a large amount of specific information on the Web and perform a final task. WebQuests offer good, internet-based, language learning opportunities because they provide learners with exposure to authentic material, meaningful content and possibilities for real communication in the target language (Stoks, 2002). Other advantages that count when we decide to use this strategy for second / foreign language and content learning are that it provides a clear structure and requires collaboration and cooperation among students. All this suggests that the WebQuest model offers a good scenario for content and language integrated learning, and that will be our topic in this online presentation.

 

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