Monday, December 7, 2009

Web-based lessons, design and evaluation

What is a web-based lesson?
According to World Education Literacy Division (2005), a web-based lesson is a lesson that incorporates a Web site or some Web sites. It can be conducted entirely online or in a traditional classroom lesson with an online component.
There are different purposes for a web-based lesson such as: research, reading. writing, publishing and collaboration with other teachers and students around the world.

What are the advantages?
• More interaction and dynamism
• Development of creativity
• Promotion of critical thinking, original activities and collaboration
• Opportunities for all learning styles
• Improvement of interaction teacher-student and student-student
• Usefulness for language learners because they are exposed to a variety of formats, images, video and sound

What does a web-based lesson plan include?
• Date
• Teacher
• Class / Level
• Topic
• Objectives
• Web sites used
• Name of web site 1 (2, 3…)
• Rationale for selecting this site
• Other materials
• Teacher preparation
• Steps for learners
• Description of pre-computer/classroom activities
• Description of computer/online activities
• Description of follow-up activities

Web-based lesson

Teacher: Ayleen Trujillo Ruiz

Class: English II Level: Intermediate

Topic: Translation techniques

Aim: Students will practice previous knowledge and apply translation techniques


  • Students will analyze sentences taken from the text

  • Students will translate and explain the technique used

  • Students will summarize the text

Materials: The Boy Who Drew Cats (short story)

Warm up:

  • Students on WIZIQ make a word map based on the title of the story with words they expect to find in the text

  • The professor explains the basic techniques used in translation with a Power Point Presentation

  • The professor explains basic vocabulary. If students do not understand any word they can look it up in (an online dictionary)

  • Students go to the web page and read the text


  • Students answer oral comprehension questions about the text on WIZIQ

  • Students answer a True/False exercise

  • Students analyze morphological and syntactically some sentences taken from the text shown in the blackboard (WIZIQ)

  • Students put the events in the order in which they occur on the class blog

Wrap up

  • Students translate some paragraphs from the text and explain the techniques used in the translation on the blog.

  • Students by turns will summarize (in Spanish) the text orally and then they will do it on the blog, including images, etc.


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