Technology in TEFL
Theme: How would you choose your first laptop?
You are about to go to university and you are desperate to own your very first personal computer-laptop, for either academic or leisure use. Your parents would provide the financial support as they thought this could be a reward of your university offer, so there was no such a strict budget. But they really anticipated seeing you are eligible to choose a multifunctional, price reasonable one. So the first step would be, how do we know those multi functions? What is hardware and what is software? The task you are going to complete today will allow many of you to research the different sorts of laptops, get to know these terminologies and make a decision to pick up the one that suits you the most, by discussing and sharing ideas with classmates. In the end, you are required to conduct a presentation in groups of four and been evaluated by other groups.
- By the end of this task, you are anticipated to learn 10 new items of vocabulary which will be checked through your presentation to make sure you understand are able to use them correctly.
- By the end of this task, you are anticipated to develop your reading skills through both skimming and scanning massive information from the internet.
- By the end of this task, you are anticipated to practice and develop your speaking skills while doing group discussion and conducting presentation.
- By the end of this task, you are anticipated to recognise, understand and use the comparatives and superlatives (eg:-er, more/less than, -est terms).
- In your first task, you are required to make a survey in class to gather your classmates’ ideas about their anticipations and needs for laptop and then search online for laptop’s specifications from different manufactures’ websites.
- In your second task, you are required to work in groups of four to discuss both of your class survey and internet research results and then agree to choose the most suitable laptop of your group. Justify your decision by critically evaluating both resources.
- In your final assessment task, you are required to do a group presentation (the same group as when doing discussion) to demonstrate your choice: the most suitable laptop and explain why and how you would choose it by illustrating those specifications. The presentation will be evaluated by other groups. Afterwards submit a group report about your choice of laptop based on both survey and internet searching results to your teacher.
You will make a survey in class to gather your classmates’ ideas about their anticipations and needs for laptop, so follow the instructions:
a. Work in groups of three to find out the definitions of the following 10 items of vocabulary by using the links:
–http://oxforddictionaries.com/ Use this link to figure out the correct definitions of these terminologies
–https://www.google.co.uk/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi Use this link to get more detailed images in case you find it hard to understand by only word explanation
b. Work with your two partners and list 5 questions that you are going to use in your survey to find out your other classmates’ needs of laptop.
c. Walk around in classroom to ask and answer questions with other groups. You will start your internet research after interviewing two or three groups.
2. Internet research
According to your class survey research results, you are going to find out the specifications of different brands’ laptops by visiting different manufacturer’s websites. The links are shown below:
3. Critical evaluation
Once you have finished online searching, compare your class survey results and online research results and discuss in groups of four. Try to choose the most suitable laptop by evaluating both search results.
a. Preparing presentation
Work in groups of four to prepare your presentation: choosing your first laptop and to present in class to explain why and how you would choose it by illustrating those specifications. You are required to use PowerPoint when presenting your ideas. By learning from a teaching video, you will use the comparatives and superlatives (eg:-er, more/less than, -est terms) as follows:
-small, smaller, the smallest
-big, bigger, the biggest
-beautiful, more (less) beautiful than, the most beautiful
-expensive, more (less) expensive than, the most expensive
-good (well), better, best
-bad (badly), worse, worst
-effectively, more (less) effectively than, the most effectively
-as fast as
-as well as
-as clever as
-as lucky as
-not so happy as
-as much as
-…….buy a more expensive one…….
-…….owns a bigger one……
-…….have the best…….
-…….worked much harder than……..
-……..doing well, although….. doing better
-……..worked more efficiently
-……..was as clever as…….
-………was not as lucky as……
-……..was not so happy as……
-………did twice as much as……
–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymJ_UNgiIlM this is the video from which you could learn to use the comparatives and superlatives.
b. Group evaluation
After finishing the presentation, your group will be evaluated by other classmates. The students’ evaluation will be according to the following rubric:
The rubric is taken from: Manchester Metropolitan University. BALP programme, languages department.
5. Group Report
Finally you are required to write up and submit your group report regarding your choice of laptop based on both your class survey and online research results. You are required to use Microsoft Word. The report will be assessed by your teacher according to the following rubric:
6. Role play
If time allowed, work in pairs under a scenario in which one of you will act out as a customer who wants to buy a laptop and the other one will act out as a salesman who tries to introduce the specifications of different laptops and persuade you to buy one.
7. Individual self-evaluation
This is an optional homework. Answer the following questions by using Microsoft Word and email to your teacher:
- What did you learn about the topic?
- Have you been familiar with those new vocabularies through online searching?
- Have you managed to use those phrases by learning from teaching video and utilizing in both presentation and report?
- What did you learn about the class survey and internet research?
- How would you think of this web quest?