Hello! My name is Nilufar Begibaeva. I am a teacher of English at Andijan State University. I have just begun Distance Course "Building Teaching Skills Through the Interactive Web" and expect much from it subject to my active participation in it.
The biggest achievement of mine surinf this week is understanding deeper what WebQuest is and creating my own one on www.zunal.com for the 2nd year students of Geography Faculty in our Andijan State University.
The crucial elements are enumerated on given above web site. They should contain
1. Introduction 2. Task 3. Information sources 4. Process 5. Guidance 6. Conclusion
Thinking about WebQuests I have come to conclusion that the best example of the long term WebQuiest is our DL course due to which we all have created this blog.
Why? Because by the end of the course we will have analyzed a bodu of knowledge deeply, transform it according to our class needs and demonstrate an understanding of the material by creating the project task as it follow in the author’s definition of a long term webquest.
I have looked through a lot of projects designed to learn Enlish and some ideas related to my issues described in my previous week came to my mind.
I will try to realize them I have some troubles with software necessary to solve my problems though (as lack of motivation and diffilculties with teaching Speaking were the main issues I wanted to solve and for listening and speaking we need additional applications).
We discussed a Project Based Learning too.
PBL is not just the method to interest students. Well-organized project moves students to active research (Thomas, 1998). Students’ ability to grasp new knowledge increases when learning is connected with issue requiring solving.
PBL is a model of teaching which involves students in problem solving process. They can be elaborated for the students of different ages and levels. Projects are based on high level questions And to answer them students have to think originally, that is to say they have to be active. PBL lead students to research work and this can be different even within one class (among groups) – structured and managed by the teacher or more open and led by students’ interest (Jarret, 1997). Studying PBL shows that it makes students take part in basic concepts and principles of scientific discipline (Thomas, 2000, p.3). Students usually are given the choice freedom and that fact allows them to satisfy their curiosity.