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

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Quest/the Task


So what is your quest?  What are you supposed to do?  By now you may have guessed part of it, at least.  You are supposed to:

n      Do research about the TOEFL and IELTS exams, and decide which one is more suited to your conditions.  Then, with the help of your group members, you must:

n      Write a report on the two tests, using Microsoft Word, explaining your preference and justifying it. 



In order to help you through your task, responsibilities will be divided and different roles assigned to each person.  This is what you must do:


n      First, you’ll be assigned to a team of at least three members.

n      Each member of your team should choose one of the following to do research on:  the paper-based TOEFL, the computer-based TOEFL, or the IELTS exam.

n      Using the guidelines in the handouts, do a Web search and find the answers to the questions in your handouts.

n      Discuss the results of your research with your team members and decide which of the three tests above you would prefer to take.

n      Write up a convincing report to share with your classmates, using MS-Word software.

n      Remember that those of you who have similar roles may work together to compare ideas, or you may each work individually if you choose, and not compare notes until after you’ve found all the answers to your questions.  (Working together is especially a good idea if this is the first time you will be doing an Internet search, or if there aren’t enough computers for the whole class.)

n      It is expected that this WebQuest will take at least 3 periods (although it may take 4); one for searching the Net and finding the answers to your questions; one for writing a report and typing it in Word, and one for makng final revisions and rechecking the websites to make sure of your answers.



Okay now, if you’ve been assigned to your groups and have already decided on your “researcher role” (that is, whether you want to do research on the computer-based TOEFL, the paper-based TOEFL, or the IELTS), go to the next page, to be guided through your quest!


GSL520: Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Instructor: Christine Bauer-Ramazani

Saint Michael's College