ERIC Number: ED476388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Web-Based Students' Projects: Teaching Awareness of Culture and Writing.
The Internet is a powerful tool for language teaching. Web-based student projects can motivate students to study English. A Web project is an assignment in which students make a Web page and post it online for other people to read or see. This type of project is good for promoting cultural awareness and improving students' writing and presentation skills. Advantages of such projects include the following: students use English for real communication, Web page projects are a flexible assignment, and Web page projects promote collaboration. Disadvantages include these: students' knowledge of the Internet and computers can vary significantly, which makes it difficult to complete a project, and students may be inexperienced in working on a project in which they must select a topic; gather resources; read about the topic; select, organize, and synthesize information; and present a final product. The three basic types of Web projects are writing essays, making links pages for a subject, and a combination of the two. Projects may include photos, maps, illustrations, or links. Topics are usually the student's own culture, another culture, or a comparison of two cultures. This paper presents examples of Web-based projects and offers details on specific assignments. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.; Doshisha Univ., Kyoto (Japan).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Petersen, Scott and Michael Kruse, Eds. The Changing Face of CALL: Emerging Technologies, Emerging Pedagogies. Proceedings of the Annual JALT CALL SIG Conference (6th, Ota, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, May 2001). 2002, pp. 51-57.