This Webquest is designed for an English 6th grader class.
Created by Tamara Jovanovic.
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.