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WEBQUESTS and COLLABORATIVE LEARNING in the LANGUAGE CLASSROOM

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Imagine your students learning English, Spanish, French, German or any other world language in fun, creative and collaborative ways using the Internet!  In this course you’ll learn to make WebQuests where students can collaboratively create the ideal vacation and propose it to a prospective tourist in German, or try to convince the International Olympic Committee to host the next Olympic Games in France in French.  Maybe the Board of Directors of a local museum has asked your students to create a Day of the Dead exhibit that both educates and dazzles the public.  Through the use of WebQuests, the student’s imagination is the limit. WebQuests allows students to learn-through-doing, or what we affectionately call task-based learning, while using the language authentically. 

Developing and implementing WebQuests in any classroom is a great way to engage students in a fun and exciting way. WebQuests can be created online, in paper form, or even in a PowerPoint presentation. Students are presented with a problem, issue, or ‘task’, and they are guided through various internet resources in order to collaboratively create new knowledge. The ways in which a teacher can choose to use WebQuests are nearly endless, which makes them a great asset in any classroom, not only the Language classroom, as they are applicable to many types of learning objectives.  Come learn how to create your own WebQuest that fits your style, curriculum, and unit.  At the end of this course you will be able to create a WebQuest you use with your classes the very next day.  Great Professional Development class for teachers to use for pay increment and/or toward their required credit hours. Appropriate for K-12 educators.

Participants will need to purchase one (1) book.

 

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  • ISBN# 0807755664 by Patrizia Marrero Teachers College Press

    As teachers today work in ever more challenging contexts, groupwork remains a particularly effective pedagogical strategy. Based on years of research and teaching experience, the new edition of this popular book features significant updates on the successful use of cooperative learning to build equitable classrooms. Designing Groupwork, Third Edition incorporates current research findings with new material on what makes for a groupworthy task, and shows how groupwork contributes to growth and development in the language of instruction. Responding to new curriculum standards and assessments across all grade levels and subject areas, this edition shows teachers how to organize their classroom so that all students participate actively. This valuable and sensible resource is essential reading for educators at both the elementary and secondary levels, for teachers in training, and for anyone working in the field of education. Book Features: * Easy-to-follow examples and research-based teaching strategies. * The advantages and dilemmas of using groupwork in academically and linguistically diverse classrooms. * Step-by-step approaches to successful planning, implementation, and evaluation of groupwork activities. * Research findings from the work of the Program for Complex Instruction at Stanford University and other scholarly studies.

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Course Text is approximately $25.

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