Introducing the Internet to EFL Students: Activities and Projects
Bill Pellowe
Saturday, May 22, 1999

3:00-3:45, room 10-202
CALLing Asia 99 International Conference on Computers and Language Learning

This practical workshop is mainly intended for teachers who plan to use or teach the Internet in their English classes.

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How do we introduce students to using the Internet?

Step by step, students are guided by illustrations and simple English to learn the basics of using the Internet. Each "chapter" of instruction is followed by a practical exercise which provides additional practice and experience. Portions of these materials have been used by other teachers in courses and workshops in Japan, Korea, North America, and Australia, and they have been highlighted (by others) at teacher conventions and in journal articles. This section of the workshop may also appeal to teachers who have little to no experience using the Internet.
Participants will have the opportunity to use several of the on-line Internet tutorial activities which the presenter has created to introduce his students to the Internet. The focus of the materials is on learning through experience.

First, we'll do the
first on-line lesson. When my students walk into the computer lab on the first day of class, their computers are already on, and the first page of this lesson is what they see on their screens.

After discussing the reasons why those materials ask the students to perform particular tasks, we'll look at the
contents page created for this workshop. From there, we'll look at some more of the on-line materials.

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Internet-based Activities and Projects

This section of the workshop is a demonstration and explanation of one type of project activity which the presenter's students carry out. These projects follow "search and report" cycles which involve the students in first finding information about some specific topics, and later reporting on the topics. Details will be provided on three different "search and report" projects. Here's what we'll do:

  1. I'll explain the goals of these projects.
  2. I'll discuss how the students carry out the work.
  3. We'll see one or two video clips of students giving their presentations.
  4. Afterwards, we'll look at the outlines on the project outline page <

Contact Information
Bill Pellowe

CALLing Asia 99 International Conference on Computers and Language Learning

Kyoto 1999

CALLing Asia 99
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