DISCOVERING LONDON

Discovering London


WebQuest para 4º Curso de ESO

English as Foreign Language

Autor: Inmaculada Raya Alvarez

E-mail: inmral@hotmail.com



Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits |



Introduction

Spring trip” Don't you just love the sound of those two words? Every school year we look forward to that trip we will take with our classmates. It's our chance to forget about school and have fun.

Would you like to spend a wonderful trip with your friends? If you want, you can.

You are so excited you can hardly wait. It's time to organize your end-of-year trip to London. You will have to take some important decisions: flights, hotel, sightseeing, restaurants, buyings…You will also have to know aspects of the country such as geography and history. So you will have to investigate, compile data and reach an agreement about important facts on your trip.



Task

Each group needs a historian for the oral presentation on the last session, a bargain hunter, who will be devoted to preparing the flight and lodging at best price and two trip planners, one for sightseeing and the other to arrange the best places to eat and buy. The bargain hunter and trip planners are in charge of working on the poster´s design or travel brochure, which will be the final task.



Process

To carry out this task, you should make groups of 4 people, according to the following rules:



1 Locate on a map 9 regions of the United kingdom and its main towns. Add a photograph.

http://www.visitbritain.co.uk

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/regions/index.htm



2 Let's know some historical facts about London. Which civilizations have lived in london since the Roman period?

Name the most important kings of England since 1485.

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/london/history.htm

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/london/history.htm



3 General data about London.

http://travel.yahoo.com



4 Find and compare information about prices on travel and lodging. You will review the two Web sites to compare the overall costs of the trip. Your goal is to find the cheapest rates you can.

http://travel.yahoo.com

http://www.orbitz.com





5 Map of London tube and touristic map ( We will use them in our London tour)

http://viajarlondres.blogspot.com/2008/01/mapa-de-londres.html



6 Let's know London in depth: choose the top 10 places to visit.

http://viajarlondres.blogspot.com/



7 Important data of these 10 places.

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/london/buildings.htm



8 Look for the National food and drink in England.

What food was “invented” in England?

Meal times. Where can we eat?



http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/food/index.htm



9 Locate on a map a tipical market to buy clothes, fashion accesories, music and crafts

What streets can we visit to buy tourist souvenirs?

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/london/shops.htm


Evaluation



Escasa consolidación

1

POOR

Aprendizaje medio

2

AVERAGE

Buen aprendizaje

3

VERY GOOD

Excelencia en el

aprendizaje

4

EXCELLENT

Notación

numérica

Motivation and collaboration


The motivation is not very high and so is the level of collaboration with other mates


Quite good level of motivation and interaction


Very good level of motivation and interaction. The student collaborates actively with the other mates


Excellent level of motivation and interaction. The student collaborates actively with the other mates and provides personal contributions



English skills


Quite a few vocabulary mistakes, misspellings and grammar mistakes


Quite good. Limited range of vocabulary but effectively used; some spelling and grammar mistakes

Very good. No errors; only some mistakes


Excellent. Hardly any mistakes



Written and graphic presentation

 


Not all the information required by the assignment has been given. Some mistakes


Quite good. Almost all the information required by the assignment has been given. Only a few mistakes


Very good. All the information required by the assignment has been given. Very good written style

Excellent. The information provided is complete and exhaustive. Excellent written style


Selection of information

No attempt has been made to collect the right information

Some of the information has been chosen correctly

Most information has been chosen correctly

Relevant information (texts and pictures) has been chosen


Oral presentation


Not all the information required has been given. Some pronunciation mistakes

Quite good. Almost all the information required has been given . Only a few pronunciation mistakes


Very good. All the information required has been given. Very good pronunciation and fluency.


Excellent. The information provided is complete and exhaustive. Hardly any mistakes. Excellent pronunciation and fluency.




Escala de estimación:


Escasa consolidación

Aprendizaje medio

Buen aprendizaje

Excelencia en el aprendizaje

PUNTUACIÓN

6-11

Poor

12-17

Average

18-23

Very good

24

Excellent


Resources

Buscador en Internet: 

 http://www.google.es

Enciclopedias on-line: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

http://www.britannia.com/

Diccionarios on-line:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

http://www.diccionarios.com/

Plataforma de información:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/

Traductor on-line:

http://www.elmundo.es/traductor/

Otras webs de interés:

http://www.guiadeviaje.net/reinounido/quevisitar.html

http://www.guiadelondres.es/

http://www.londontown.com


Conclusion

Way to go! You were given a task to accomplish and you have succeeded. You should have learned how to search the Web sites to find exactly what you were looking for. You should have learned how to navigate sites to pick out important information and translated this information into a descriptive brochure. Finally, you have made a decision based on what you have found.

Do the following quiz:

http://members.tripod.com/~JornP/londonsights.htm


Credits

This webquest has been designed for 4ESO students as an activity organised by ISFTIC for their teacher training project.

Thanks to the teacher in charge of the course D. Carlos de Castro Gil.

April 2009