Nice to meet you Ireland!

Introduction

A Webquest for an Armchair travel experience in Ireland.

Created by Tamara Jovanovic

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This Webquest has been designed for teaching 2 lessons  to students of a 6th grade. The main goal is to introduce the students to a different culture and language while teaching few aspects of the Irish culture.

The students will be acquiring language through videos and paper sheets that are going to introduce them to the Irish history and Irish language.

Task

Through those two lessons you will be able to:

- Learn about Irish history and language;

- Meet another culture and get curious about it;

- Compare your culture with the Irish culture;

- Practice listening and writing skills.

 

 

Process

LESSON 1

 

What do you know about Ireland and Irish history?

You are given 5 minutes to think, individually or in groups, the facts that you know about Ireland. You will be then sharing with the class.

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You will be then getting to know more deeply the History of Ireland through a video. 

The video is supported by a papersheet which contains the events that are mentioned in the video. This papersheet will help you following the video! 

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As it is possible to see, there are 6 events colored in green. You will be divided into groups and each group have to research on the event, write a small description of what happend and find a picture that matches it.

You can research on different platforms (websites, books etc.) 

We will be making a short Timeline (that will be hanged on the wall as a poster) of the picked events and each group will have to stick their event in the right order on the line and present to the class what they have found about the event with their researches.

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LESSON 2

Have you ever hear the Irish language? 

Here you will learn some facts about it!

 

You will now have 10-15 minutes to discuss in pairs or groups about your opinion on the Irish language and the importance of it for the culture of the country. 

Some of the points that you should talk about are:

- Why do they study Irish in school?

- Why is a language part of your cutural identity?

- Do you think is important to still speak Irish?

- What is part of your cultural identity?

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 Every group will then share their discussions with the other groups.

 

 

-IF THERE IS STILL TIME-

If you are curious to know a bit more about Ireland, check out this video!

 

 

 

Evaluation

The students will have a short discussion with the teacher at the end of the lesson. The points that are going to be analyzed are:

- What have you learned?

- Which task and topic made you more excited?

- Can you compare your culture with the Irish one?

 

Conclusion

At the end of the topic, the student will have acquired and improved:

- Intercultural knowledge;

- Listening and speaking skills.

 

Will be able to :

- Work efficiently in groups;

- Discuss about the learned topic;

- Compare his/hers culture with the Irish culture.

 

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This Webquest is designed for an English 6th grader class.

Created by Tamara Jovanovic.

 

PEDAGOGICAL REFLECTION:

The tasks and the difficulty of the content are designed for a 6th grade with a A1 level in English (Cambridge levels). 

The students are going to work with a Intercultural topic that will make them practice their listening, writing and speaking skills. All of the skills are trained because of the variety of requirements that the tasks are displaying.

- Listening skills: will be improved by listening to a native speaker explaining the content with a sustained pace. 

- Speaking skills: will be improved by discussing in the groups/pairs and with the class the topics that are learned.

- Writing skills: will be improved through the Timeline task. 

 - Intercultural skills: will be improved by getting to know a different culture from their own, discussing the differences and understand the                                   history of the country.

 

The topic is introduced to the students in an open way. The teacher doesn't present herself/himself from the start as the expert, instead the students are the main focus, because they are asked what is their prior knowledge about the topic. This way of starting the lesson could help the teacher to make the students more involved in the topic, because from the start they are the leading figures of their learning process. After the feedback given by the students, the teacher takes the control and guides the students through the lesson.

The videos are a perfect choice to introduce the students to a native speaker, because they can practice their comprehension skills and sharpen the ear. The video about the history of Ireland has a scaffolded papersheet that can help the students that stuggle with the listening activities, because it has all the events that are listed in the video (differentiation). 
The Timeline activity aims to encourage group work and students' research skills. In addition, they can choose the event that arouses the most interest and then dig deeper into the knowledge of the other culture. This task is also including the speaking aspect, because the groups will present to the class their researches. 

The following lesson has more of an intercultural aspect, following my opinion, because the video that presents the Irish language talks also about the identity purpose that the language has for the people. This aspect of the video is also analyzed by the students through the scaffolded questions that follow the vision of the video. The IDENTITY feature is present in every culture but it comes in different shapes and ways for each of the cultures, for that reason the discussion about this topic has a intercultural aspect, because it requires students that are empathetic with the other culture and introspective with their own in order to find differences and similarities.

As it is stated on the the Danish National Curriculum in English, the students in grade 6, are expected to achieve the following aspects within the Society and Culture area:

-The students should be focusing on understanding the many different cultural and society aspects in English speaking countries.

- The students are aware that between culture there are differences and similarities and that they are a resource.

- The students are able to extract informations from their own online platforms and learn to use them.

 

Those elements that have been listed above were the base that made possible the creation of the previously described lesson plan.