ENJOY YOUR TRIP! Would you like to see a show in Picadilly Circus? Or go for a walk in Central Park? How about whale watching off Vancouver? Would you like to know more about English and North-American culture and practice what you have learnt during the year? In this webquest, you and your classmates are going to plan and make arrangements to go on a trip to an English speaking country. WEBQUEST STRUCTURE 1. TASK 2. PROCESS & RESOURCES 3. SELF-EVALUATION 1. TASK Your English course is about to finish and you would like to go on a trip to practice and improve your English. To organize your trip, you will have to work in groups to develop and present a travel proposal in class. When all the proposals have been presented, you will have to cast a vote on the best one. The details of the final trip will be based on the „winning‟ proposal. These are the pieces of work that you need to produce in order to complete your webquest assignment: 1. A questionnaire to interview your partners and find out about their preferences (in groups). 2. A report which explains your travel proposal (in groups). 3. A written comment on your vote: the most interesting proposal and why (individually). 4. A self-evaluation of your work on the webquest (individually). 2. PROCESS AND RESOURCES This webquest has the following steps, and you should follow them in the order they are presented below: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Class survey Reflection on the results of class survey Negotiation of the basic elements of your trip Internet search Report (travel proposal) Presentation Vote on the best proposal PROCESS AND RESOURCES – 1 & 2 Class survey and reflection on class survey You are going to prepare a class survey to find out about your partners‟ travel preferences. You need to prepare the questions in groups of 4 to 5 people, making sure you include all the information necessary to organize a trip (destination, dates, transport, accommodation, budget, etc.). Here are some useful words and phrases you could use: Where ? When? What kind of? How long? How much? How? How about ? I would like to know where... Can you tell me when... Tell me how... Remember the order of elements for direct questions: QASV („How long does it take?‟) and ASV („Do you like travelling?‟); and indirect questions: QSV („I don‟t know where she lives‟). When you are ready, interview as many classmates as possible (at least one person in every team), making a note of their answers, and also answer your partners‟ questions, if necessary. Finally, return to your original group and compare your results. Remember to give your teacher a copy of your questionnaire. PROCESS AND RESOURCES – 3 Negotiation of the basic elements of your trip After you have compared the results of the survey you can actually start to make decisions as to what kind of trip you would like to organize (don‟t forget to add your own preferences!). Here are some useful phrases you can use to give your opinion: I (don‟t) think (that)... In my opinion... I (don‟t) believe... I‟d rather... In my view,... From my point of view,... What I think... The way I see it,... Or to react to opinions: Absolutely Certainly Of course (not) I (don‟t) agree I disagree I hope so I hope not I believe so It depends I think so, too I don‟t see it that way Perhaps Maybe So do I Neither do I PROCESS AND RESOURCES – 4 Internet search You have already decided on the basic elements of your trip. Now you can use the following websites to find the information that you need. Search tip: Some search engines, like Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com), and Altavista (http://altavista.com) include a Travel section where you can find travel and destination guides with useful information about hotels, flights, entertainment, shopping, etc. A search for “Travel” in Google (http://www.google.com) and other search engines will give you a list of travel related sites which you can use to help you organize you trip. Here are some useful websites to plan your trip: General Information http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ (travel http://www.travel.com/ http://www.hostelseurope.com/ advice, detailed maps, travel news, etc.) USA http://www.usatourist.com/ (guide to the United States of America for visitors of around the world) http://www.hm-usa.com/ (USA travel and tourism information) New York - http://www.essentialbigapple.com/ Boston – http://www.boston.worldweb.com / San Francisco - http://www.sanfrancisco.worldweb.com / UK (travel and tourism guide to the UK) http://www.ukguide.org/ (travel and tourism, accommodation, attractions,etc.) http://www.atuk.co.uk/ London - http://www.londonyear.com/ (London Tourist Board) Dublin - http://www.softguides.com/dublin/ Canada http://www.canada.worldweb.com/ (travel and tourism, information about attractions, restaurants, etc.) http://www.canadatravel.ca (holidays, group travel, destinations) Vancouver - http://www.ohwy.com/bc/v/vancouve.htm (points of interest, local attractions, and accommodation) Toronto - http://www.toronto.com/ (tourist guide to Toronto) Now that you have all the relevant information to organize your trip, you may want to make some changes or amendments to your original plan. This is the time to make them! PROCESS AND RESOURCES – 5 Report Now you are ready to write your report (travel proposal). It should be similar to a holiday brochure and it should include the following parts: Title Brief introduction All the elements necessary for the trip Brief conclusion Photographs, graphs or other elements to make it attractive Search tip: You can find all kinds of photographs in the „Images‟ section of Google (http://www.google.com) or Altavista (http://www.altavista.com) Remember to give your teacher a copy of your report. PROCESS AND RESOURCES – 6 Presentation Now you have to present your travel proposal to the class. This will take the form of an oral presentation based on the contents of your report. Remember that your main aim is to convince your classmates that your proposal is the best one. Here are a few tips to help you make your oral presentation more attractive: Review your notes a few times before your presentation Avoid Reading Use Visual Aids: posters, transparencies, slides, photographs, or Microsoft Powerpoint Keep as much eye contact with members of your audience as possible You can find more information about how to make an oral presentation in the following websites: Virtual presentation assistant: http://www.ku.edu/cwis/units/coms2/vpa/vpa.htm How to give a talk: http://www.si.umich.edu/~pne/acadtalk.htm PROCESS AND RESOURCES – 7 Vote on the best proposal Choose your favourite proposal and then write a short document (150200 words) in which you discuss the proposal you have voted and the reasons for your choice: why do you think this proposal is the best one? Here are some useful words and phrases you can use to build up your argument: In the first place First of all To begin/start with For one thing At first sight Secondly In the second place In addition What‟s more In the same way On the one hand, ... on the other hand However For example Finally Lastly In conclusion Remember to give your teacher a copy of this document. 3. SELF-EVALUATION It is time to evaluate your work on this project. Read the following questions and answer them carefully: 1. How effective was my contribution to the group work? 2. How difficult was it to work in groups? 3. What did I learn about the USA, the UK and Canada? 4. What did I learn about using the Internet? 5. How did my English improve doing this project? 6. List the advantages and disadvantages of using webquests for language learning Remember to give your teacher a copy of of this document. CONGRATULATIONS! You have completed your webquest. Now you only have to pack and start your holiday! ENJOY YOUR TRIP! TEACHER’S NOTES Some comments on the webquest as it is: In the introduction stage there would be a brainstorming activity to make sure that students come up with the vocabulary necessary to carry out the task: destination, dates, transport, accommodation, things to do, budget, sightseeing, and the like. This vocabulary could also be included in the introduction, like in ‘Trainers’, but we thought it would be more interesting to let students reflect on the different elements they need in order to organize the trip. During the interview process students can be divided into groups of 4 or 5 and every group can be assigned a colour. A student can be interviewed several times but, ideally, not more than once by a person of a team that has already inteviewed him/her. Students can wear a badge or a sticker showing the colour of their team, or else photocopy the questionnaire in different colours (again, one colour per group). Thus, a student knows immediately whether he has been interviewed by a given team or not, and the resulting information is more reliable.. Teachers can decide to check the questionnaires for correction purposes before the actual interviews take place. Travelling destinations could be limited to three, and they could be decided upon beforehand by the teacher, by every team while preparing the survey or by the whole class in the initial brainstorming activity. For the purposes of the present webquest, we let students decide on their destination and provide them with general information websites together with a few for the most typical destinations. Also, I have decided not to include information about Australia as a possible destination, however interesting I find it, for practical reasons (time & money).And, after all, students are welcome to choose any destination they like.