Teaching English literature through webquests

Another active technique we can use in class is the webquest. A webquest is a sort of webpage we create to encourage our students to read or do projects in an active way. The teacher is the guide who provides students with the sources and links they have to visit in order to work on some tasks. The student is the one in charge of the learning process here so he/she has to become an active member in order to produce knowledge.

First, we create an introduction that catches our students’ attention, then, we set some activities for them but we have to recommend the sites they should visit in order to successfully complete the tasks, they have to work cooperatively in groups and then present a final project which will be evaluated. Through webquests, we evaluate the whole product and not only the final result and students develop lots of skills as: team work, creativity, autonomy, time management…etc. This is just a suggestion, you can use webquests with different purposes but I’ll show you an example of a webquest for teaching literature in English to Spanish secondary education students.

Here you can find a webquest I created on Lewis Carroll’s novels: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I hope you like it!

http://phpwebquest.org/newphp/webquest/soporte_mondrian_w.php?id_actividad=41933&id_pagina=1

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3 thoughts on “Teaching English literature through webquests

    • First of all, thanks for stopping by and such nice words! Of course they can! This is just a suggestion on how to teach literature through active techniques in an innovative and motivating way. A webquest is something that takes some time to be developed; I mean, when you plan one, it can take your students the whole semester or so to do all the activities and projects. There are lots of free sites we can recommend them in order to produce nice projects: websites, blogs, digital story tellings… as those are nice ways in which students can internalise what they have learnt. The ultimate goal of all this is that students learn by doing and help them to develop some skills that will lead them to lifelong learning, and also, and maybe the most important thing is that we make teaching significant.

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