Internet-Based Project Work

Project Work
Why do Internet-based project work?
It’s a structured way for teachers to incorporate the Internet
into the language classroom.
Cooperative learning and interaction are encouraged.
Interdisciplinary purposes allow for cross-over into other
departments and subject areas.
Critical thinking is encouraged.
Steps to prepare an IBPW:
Choose the project topic.
 Make the task clear.
 Find the resources.
 Decide on the outcome.
A Business English simulation
A General English simulation
You are planning a three-week trip to the United Kingdom. You’ll need
to make arrangements for your transport and accommodation facilities
beforehand. Remember that you’ll need to take pocket money too. Your
total budget is £2500.
You can visit the following websites:
What is a WebQuest?
It’s a mini-project in which a large percentage of
the input and material is supplied from the Internet.
It differs from projects or simulations in their fairly
rigid structure.
Types of WebQuest:
Short-term WebQuest: Lasts a couple of classes.
Longer-term WebQuest: Might last a few weeks, a
term or even a semester. It has specific outcomes
others can respond to.
“Who Made my Trainers?”
Tutorial Video: webquest.flv
Skills set for producing a WebQuest:
Research skills.
Analytical skills.
Word processing skills.
The WebQuest design process:
Exploring the possibilities stage:
Choose and chunk the topic
Identify learning gaps
Inventory resources
Uncover the question
Creating your WebQuest stage
Write the Web page/ Word
Engage learners
Scaffold thinking
Decision: implement and evaluate
Webquest Links
 (inside the page you will find all the
information that was presented in class)
 (the link of this page is included in
In a thesaurus, you will find synonyms for words.
First, you look up the word in the thesaurus. Next to the word
you will find a list of words that mean the same things as the
word you looked up.
Like wonderful –great, magnificent, excellent, terrific, cool, and
Also in a thesaurus you will find an antonym for the word. Like
horrible or awful would be an antonym for wonderful.
We use a dictionary to look up words.
You will find the meaning of words in a dictionary.
For example, when you do not know the meaning of
a word in a story. You may use a dictionary to look
up the meaning of the word.
they allow learners to interact in an authentic
context with native speakers without being
restricted by location.
Chat rooms can promote learner autonomy.
students have the opportunity to observe the
language used by native speakers.
they allow communication to take place in real
A sample text chat lesson plan
Before the class
1. Make contact with the teacher of a similar class in term of
level, class size and access to technology
2. Learners also need to be confident about how to use the
chat program.
3. With the teacher of other class, set a time for the chat.
4. Try out with other teacher before class
Class room management issues
1. Ideally learners are put in pairs for the first
2. Learners can either conduct the cat in pairs, or
consecutive learners can be allowed access to the
same computer for a certain amount of time
3. Using voice chat rather than text chat in the
single computer classroom
During the cat
1. Provide hand out worksheet
2. Each learner has a slightly different worksheet
3. Asking questions on their worksheet
4. Print out their chat script and complete the
worksheet from that, once the cat is finished.
After chat
1. Display their profile in the classroom separately
2 Create learner profile in an inter-class blog

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