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Let's Read Japanese Fairy Tales


Overview | Introduction | Quest/ The Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits and References

Overview of the WebQuest



The setting will be 8 ESL students in a United States public school classroom. The ages of the class will be both 9 and 10. The English proficiency level is intermediate. The native backgrounds are Vietnamese, Chinese and Romanian. Their previous computer work includes word processing, Internet, paint and clip art. The goals are to improve cognitive academic language proficiency with fairy tales, improve summarization skills with writing, improve   pronunciation skills with story telling, practice their use with MS Word, Internet, e-mail, paint and clip art, and expand knowledge of other cultures.




Computer equipment:


At least one computer for every two students in the ESL classroom.


Hardware and software needs:


MS Word and Paint (found in

accessories), Internet access,

and at least one color printer.


Class materials:


Poster paper and fairy tale library.





Content Objectives:


The content objectives will be to use the settings and morals of Japanese fairy tales to compare the differences between Japanese culture and other cultures.


Social and Cultural Objectives:


To learn Japanese culture through comparing with other cultures. This will be done by comparing Japanese cuisine, attire, geography, architecture, family, and history. Once, the students have chosen their specific roles, they will research one aspect of Japanese culture and summarize their finding. They will present the summary to the class. Once, the class has heard the summarizes, they should collaborate on the final play.


Language Objectives:


These objectives would include improving cognitive academic language proficiency with fairy tales. For example, students will improve summarization skills with writing and improve pronunciation skills with the summarization, presentation as well as the play. Pronunciation skill includes the following: stress, intonation, rate, volume, and nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication includes the following: eye contact and posture.


Computer Objectives:


The students will practice the use of Internet researching by using Japanese fairy tale Web sites. They will also practice with printing materials. The students will practice e-mailing the teacher by sending their summary of the Japanese fairy tale they chose for the final presentation. The students will learn about clip art and paint to paste onto the final poster. Included on the final poster will be the summary written about the role played.