Students often do research on the Internet for different school projects. However, there are a lot of obstacles they have to overcome in order to find useful and accurate information. Teaching our students online research skills and how to recognize reliable sources of information is an essential part of project-based learning. In this learning scenario, students compare different ways of searching for information, discuss Europeana as a resource, while at the same time they learn vocabulary related to food and discuss various dishes.
Improving English and media literacy skills through culture
This LS was implemented in English as a foreign language lesson with students aged 14 who worked in a computer classroom. The aim of the lesson was to enable students to look for information about different dishes and recipes and discuss them. In the lesson, students:
- Revised old and learn new words related to food and cooking.
- Watched a video about verbs related to cooking and did a quiz.
- Read a recipe.
- Did a Webquest.
- Looked for the recipes in Europeana website.
- Discussed different ways of searching for information and Europeana as a resource.
- Assessed their own work.
Using different ICT tools
Different ICT tools were used in the lesson: weebly.com website was used as a platform, game-like activities were created in learningapps.org, eslvideo.com was used for watching videos and a quiz, and two walls made in padlet.com were used as a virtual board for students’ answers.
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