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ERIC Number: EJ855099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Webquests for English-Language Learners: Essential Elements for Design
Sox, Amanda; Rubinstein-Avila, Eliane
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n1 p38-48 Sep 2009
The authors of this article advocate for the adaptation and use of WebQuests (web-based interdisciplinary collaborative learning units) to integrate technological competencies and content area knowledge development at the secondary level and to support the linguistic needs of English-language learners (ELLs). After examining eight WebQuests, the authors found that the WebQuests fell short of providing strategies to enhance ELLs' comprehensible input. Thus, the authors propose an adapted rubric that focuses on WebQuests' linguistic, multimedia, and organizational features to assess the extent to which they support ELLs. Recommendations for adapting existing WebQuests for ELLs include strategies such as chunking text, highlighting and previewing key vocabulary, and providing clear, step-by-step instructions. Suggestions for designing WebQuest with ELLs in mind are also offered. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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