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Learning more about the TOEFL and IELTS: a WebQuest for EFL learners

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Are you ready to start on your quest? 


If you are, you should start by clicking on the link below, and seeing the list of questions you are expected to answer.  The questions for all three group members are the same; however, the answers you will come up with are different, since you will be doing research on different language tests, depending on your role (researching the paper-based TOEFL, the computer-based TOEFL, or the IELTS). 


Once you’ve seen your questions and preferably each of you have made a print of them for yourselves, click on “back” to return to this page.  (If you can’t make a print of the questions, right-click on the links below, then select “Open in new window” to see your list of questions in a separate window.  Next, whenever you’re finished with the questions, click on the “minimize” button at the top-right corner of the page, so that you may return to this page.  Whenever you want to see the questions again, all you have to do is to click on the minimized page on the taskbar below, and then minimize them again when you want to view another page.)




Spend a few minutes going over the questions, and discussing them with the members of your group.  Do you think you know the answers to some of the questions?  Okay, now let’s do a search and find out if you were right!


Uh-oh!  Don’t know exactly how to do a search on the Net?  Not to worry!  Click on the link below to receive instructions on how to do a web search; then click on “back” to return here.  (If you’re sure you know all the tricks to navigating the Net, just skip the link below and move on to the next step.)



Now that you know how to do a search on the Internet, do a search for the home page of your respective English tests.  (Remember that you may work with people from other groups who have roles similar to yours.)  See how many questions you can answer by going thru the various links on the home page.


Finished with the TOEFL and IELTS websites?  Do some questions require that you go beyond the website of your test?  Do another search, or else check out some of the links provided below: 


For those working on the TOEFL test:



For those working on the IELTS test:!



For those working on either one:


Finally got the answers to all your questions?  Good!  What you need to do next is:


1 - Pool all the information you and your group members have collected together.


2 – Discuss the answers together and decide which test would work best for you.


3 – Draft a report explaining your decision to the other groups and anyone else possibly interested in these two tests.  Remember that the other groups may have already decided on a different test, so it is up to you to make your writing so persuasive that they will change their minds!  (If you’re not quite sure how to go about writing a persuasive essay, click on the links below for help.  If you already know how to write one, skip the links and get busy writing!  Also, if you’re very experienced in using word processors, you might want to start drafting straight in Word, instead of drafting on paper first.  If so, skip step 5, below.)



4 – Show your report (neatly written or typed) to your instructor, to receive comments on how to revise it to make it more coherent and convincing.  Revise it until satisfactory.


5 – Type your report in MS-Word if you haven’t already done so.  (If you need help with MS-Word, click on the links below, or get help from your instructor.)  Try to make your report visually appealing as well as convincing!  Use such options as font type and size, paragraphing, page set up, italics, bolding, and inserting page numbers.  If you still had time, experiment with various fonts, backgrounds, graphics, borders, AutoShapes, etc.  (Don’t forget to save your work regularly to avert problems!)


Tutorials for using Word:



6 – Use the Spell checker and Grammar checker to make sure your report doesn’t contain any mistakes before submitting the final version.


7 – Save your final work and make a print of it, if possible. 


8 - Share your report with the rest of class, and look at theirs.  Which one is more convincing?  Appealing?  Effective?  Try to come to an agreement on the test you would prefer to take.


Click here to receive information on how you will be evaluated, and here to go to the Conclusion.

GSL520: Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Instructor: Christine Bauer-Ramazani

Saint Michael's College