Using WebQuest to Teach Multicultural Issues in an ESL Course
Lihua Yang, Yunnan Agricultural University, China ; Chia-Jung Chung, California State University Sacramento, United States ; Lin Wang, Yunnan Agricultural University, China
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
WebQuests are activities based on set of Web-based resources that follow a predictable format and they have been applied widely in educational context at all levels. This paper focuses on implementation of the inquiry-oriented activity WebQuests in teaching cultural Issues in ESL in China to shift teachers roles as dominators or authorities into guides or facilitators to arouse students interests and enthusiasm for learning in the teaching process.After planning, designing and using it with students the authors conducted a survey which indicates that the WebQuests has positive and encouraging effects on teaching cultural issues in ESL.The survey also shows that by applying webquest to teaching cultural issues in ESL, students' learning have been enhanced and thus deep learning become possible. Improvements for further development of the WeQquest are identified.
Yang, L., Chung, C.J. & Wang, L. (2012). Using WebQuest to Teach Multicultural Issues in an ESL Course. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3158-3163). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).