WebQuests

WebQuest Repository


This is a growing selection of WebQuests created by participants on our courses. They are presented with the permission of the writers. Please feel free to try them out - if you use them in class, please contact the author(s) who have asked to be contacted to let them know how they went. Note: The following Creative Commons license applies to all these WebQuests: ELT materials by As per author is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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General Language 

Victoria Boobyer - A Digital Frankenstein
This webquest is aimed at students of Intermediate [B1] level and above and would supplement any Frankenstein-based project work or reading. Learners research topics based on Mary Shelley, the writing of Frankenstein and Frankenstein in movies. The writing tasks are similar to those found in the Cambridge English First (FCE) exams. It includes student and teacher assessment criteria. [ more... ]

Sonja Tack – Africa in 2015: Where will Poverty and Hunger be?
In this WebQuest, students read a variety of BBC news articles and consider the benefits and drawbacks of giving aid to African countries. Do wealthier countries have a moral obligation to aid the poor? Can countries become addicted to aid? Does aid actually thwart development? Students are required to complete a task sheet which pulls together all their research findings, to prepare a persuasive blog post which expresses their stance on the issue, and to reflect on to what extent completing the project has increased their awareness of poverty and development issues. This WebQuest was originally written for first-year Economics undergraduates, but can be used with students from Upper Intermediate level onwards. [ more... ]

Todd Cooper – Soccer: The Worlds Passion
This WebQuest is for mid to high level students, but hopefully appeals to anybody with a passion for soccer/football. Please send any comments to cooper.td@gmail.com [ more... ]

Sheila Hutton – The Perfect Place to Live Competition
This WebQuest was written for a group of mixed nationality students in the 18 – 23 age group just starting out on a English foundation/pre-university course at a tertiary college. It should help students get to know each other, get experience of working in groups, of giving presentations and of using technology. Students write a quiz about their home town or favourite place, decide on the judging criteria for ‘The Perfect Place to Live Competition’, prepare and give presentations on the shortlisted places and then vote for the winner. This could be a semester long project, but it should also be possible to simply use the first 3 activities from the webquest on a short course. Extension and further development ideas are suggested in the Teacher's Guide. If you use this webquest feedback and further suggestions are very welcome, please contact hutton.sc@gmail.com [ more... ]

Seiyifa Koroye – Madiba
This WebQuest introduces learners to the life and times of Nelson Mandela (known as Madiba). Aimed at intermediate students, the WQ explores Mandela’s life and achievements, and learners presten their findings via poster presentations. Finally, learners need to produce a proposal for the AU, urging it to honour Mandela by declaring his birthday a “Pride of Africa Day” to be celebrated by all African countries. [ more... ]

Charles Davis and Dan Jones – Further Education College Evaluation
This WebQuest was designed as part of an ESP course to meet the needs of a delegation of Libyan students, who are in the Midlands area of the UK to study a postgraduate certificate in further education college management. The WebQuest was used as an orientation task to familiarise the students with the colleges they would be attending as part of the course. The students took on the roles of Libyan education experts sent to the area on a fact finding mission. They were required to evaluate several courses in each college in order to find the best courses to which a delegation of 100 Libyan students could be sent in September 2008. [ Teachers' Guide | Worksheets | Student Copy ]

Wahiba Hadj Zoubir – The Orient Express
In this WebQuest, aimed at Intermediate level learners, students have to produce a magazine article on the Orient Express train. They will have to gather information about the history of the train as well as the mysteries and intrigues surrounding it. [ more... ]

Rennie Wright - Guide to Edinburgh
In this WebQuest for Intermediate or above, students plan a guidebook for new students arriving in Edinburgh. Part 1 is the main WebQuest, and Part 2 contains websites for learners to visit, and the Teacher’s Notes. [ Part 1 | Part 2 ]

Helen Cocking - Ethical Foods
In this WebQuest students are healthcare assistants, promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. They conduct a fact-finding survey on healthy and environmentally-friendly food, make a television advertisement for a food store, and write a discursive essay on the advantages and disadvantages of different types of food store. [ more... ]

Khayal Guliyev - Kinds of Discrimination: Gender
This WebQuest explores issues of gender equality in the learners' country, and surveys learners' opinions on the topic. Learners write a newspaper article and present a report to the class. [ more... ]

Lisa Haug - Adventure Sports
In this WebQuest, students are leaders of a youth club who need to do a survey of how dangerous young people think adventure sports are, and to present one of the sports at the next youth club meeting. Although especially designed for apprentice IT students at Intermediate level, this WebQuest is suitable for teenagers and adults of general English too. [ more... ]

Angela Cady - Polar Bears
n this WebQuest, students are journalists investigating some of the facts about polar bears. They will try to determine whether they need protection or not, and write an article about their findings. Written for older adolescents in their 4th or 5th year of English. [ more... ]

Monica Morcillo - The Truth About The Brits
By doing this WebQuest, you will be able to gather real data about what Brits are really like and how they live, so that you can inform your friends. We all fall into the traps of creating stereotypes, but it is only fair to give every nationality a chance.Apart from getting students to investigate areas of British life (food, weather, shopping etc), this WebQuest has the broader educational aim of raising students' awareness of stereotyping. Suitable for adolescents and young adults. [ more... ]

Vesna Alaburic - Christmas
This WebQuest is a project for a student-produced magazine on the theme of Christimas. Students research a range of Christmas-related topics, and produce contributions for a class magazine. Especially suitable for young learners. [ more... ]

Dennis Newson - My Beautiful Launderette
This WebQuest gets students to investigate background information for the British film My Beautiful Laundrette , in preparation to viewing the film. Written for university students of EFL in the Czech Republic , German, Russia and India , as part of a film appreciation course. [ more... ]

Scott Shelton - Computer Games
In this WebQuest students find out about computer games and the people who play them. They will be asked how they feel about computer games, and will use the web to read what other people think. Especially suitable for older teens and adults. [ more... ]

Mary Foley - D-Day
Students visit websites in order to find out what certain words or terms mean in relation to the World War II D-Day landings of June 1944. With this information they make a crossword around the theme of the D-Day landings. Aimed at adolescent learners, but also suitable for adults, by Mary Foley. Mary would love to hear from you if you use her webquest - you can mail her here... [ more... | more... ]

Teresa Escardó - Enjoy Your Trip
In this WebQuest students organise a trip to an English-speaking country: they work in groups to develop and present a travel proposal in class. The details of the final trip are based on the 'winning' proposal. Suitable for older adolescents and young adults. [ more... ]

James Frith - Ideal Homes
In this WebQuest students find a property to 'buy' online, and furnish it from online furniture stores. Students present their 'ideal home' to the class. Especially suitable for young adults, but could also be used with older teenagers. [ more... ]

David Watts & Sylvia Weismiller - Energy Sources
This webquest analyzes our energy sources. Critical thinking, evaluating, and presenting are practiced. Suitable for groups or 1-1 lessons, adults or adolescents with a high Intermediate level and up. They would like to hear from teachers who try the webquest: info@euro-lingua.de [ more... ]

Jean-Pierre Michel - Catwalk
Why is the 'passarella' called a catwalk?" one student asked me. So I thought this would be a good starting point for realizing a webquest. By following the steps of this webquest, you will enter the fascinating world of fashion. Run a survey, find out about famous top models, ... and ask yourself: "Do you have what it takes to become a model yourself?" Suitable for (young) adults. [ more... ]

Richard Hargreaves - A Trip to London
London is a large, vibrant, multicultural city, rich in history and with many beautiful and interesting places to visit. The purpose of this WebQuest is to plan a visit to London , where you will stay for one month studying English at a language school and, above all, having fun! Suitable for teenage and adult learners of general English, of low intermediate level or higher. [ more... ]

Ged Richardson - Big in Japan
In this WebQuest you will explore the phenomenon of western celebrities and TV advertising in Japan . Learners, as part of a team of 'professionals', need to think up a TV commercial for a Japanese company. The commercial must be in English, it must include a western celebrity and it must be memorable. For intermediate or higher level learners. [ more... ]

Robert Cwik - Route 66
Route 66 - a highway in the USA - has become a legend. In this WebQuest you will organise a journey along Route 66, and produce a short tourist guide to help with this. Aimed at intermediate learners of English and higher levels. [ more... ]

Business English 

Carl Dowse - Digital Brand Management
This Web Quest is primarily designed for students of business English and aims to develop their skills in website evaluation and expand their knowledge of key marketing terms. Students visit the websites for well-known brands and assess how well the companies use their online presence to enhance brand knowledge. After comparing the results of their research with evaluations of the same websites from marketing experts, they present their findings. [ more... ]

Valentina Dodge - e-Business (e-Biz)
This WebQuest explores the world of online commerce. Students are involved in comparing and contrasting e-carts (characteristics and secure payment methods) and they will discover the potential or pitfalls of e-commerce for exporting local products/services. They will try to determine whether they need to sell "their" local businesses online or not, and they will present their findings at a simulated business meeting. Written for older adolescents on a EU-funded (task-based) project about Local tourism and handicrafts, by Valentina Dodge. [ more... ]

Sheila Vine - Just the Job
This WebQuest has been written for apprentices in commercial studies at a Germany media company. However, by changing the links it could be suitable for learners from any country who:

- need to apply for jobs, and to create a C.V. and covering letter in English
- need to know something about the English speaking job market and the differences between it and their national job market.

The WebQuest is suitable for older teenagers and adults for whom the English-speaking job market is relevant. Level of English B2. [ more... ]

Teacher Training 

Melinda Dooly – Save Our Language!
Aimed at teacher trainees, this fun and imaginative WebQuest asks small groups of trainees to produce a list of the 10 most essential grammar rules, plus a lesson plan on one rule. It is the year 3314 - rumour has it that the AA (Alien Alliance) has been working on a serum that can immediately erase all human abilities to use language properly. Trainees are assigned the top-priority task of developing an ‘essential grammar guide’ as well as texts that describe the importance of teaching grammar in an interactive and creative way. [ more... ]

Ruth Taylor and Debbie Candy - Using Authentic Materials
This WebQuest is designed to help trainee teachers consider different types of authentic materials and their advantages and disadvantages. Trainees then select appropriate authentic materials and create sample activities. Trainees also get practice in using PowerPoint and presenting their materials and activities with rationales. They are encouraged to reflect both on their performance and their peers (in the presentation), as well as consider the dynamics of group work. [ more... ]

Fiona McGarry - Writing Skills
This WebQuest is aimed at EFL/ESL teacher trainers and teachers of young learners. It looks at the problems that young learners have with writing in English and encourages the teacher to find interesting activities that develop the writing skill. It also helps teachers find useful resource sites and become more familiar with current methodologies. [ more... ]

Anne Bain - The TESOL Methodology WebQuest
This webquest explores in a fun way, the history, methods, approaches and applications of English Language Teaching. You'll meet many of the Big Names, encounter some exotic methods and techniques, and learn a lot about your own teaching in the process. Especially useful for trainees on TESOL Diploma courses, or students on MA in ELT courses. [ more... ]

Alison Boardman and Niki Joseph - Find Motivating Tasks
This Webquest can be used by teacher trainers with trainee EFL teachers. Trainees will find out about motivation, explore motivating/demotivating factors for learners, and choose a motivating task from TEFL websites for their own learners. Trainees are asked to do a poster presentation to their peers on their findings. [ more... ]

Peacekeeping 

Tanja Erzetic & Natasa Soban - Mine Clearance
All over the world there are millions of mines hidden in the ground, a souvenir from a previous war or conflict. Currently there are mine clearing missions in many parts of the world? In this WebQuest learners research the topic of mine clearance (especially in the Balkans), then write and present a report on mine clearance anywhere in the world. [ more... ]

Lydia Stoyanova - A Modern Navy's Mission
A modern Navy will need to be prepared to support civil authorities as necessary in response to major disasters, emergencies, terrorist attacks, or other threats. This WebQuest prepares learners to deliver a speech at an international conference on the challenges the modern Navy is facing, through research and discussing problems with 'expert teams'. [ more... ]

Nadica Gjosevska - Military Technology - Vehicles and Aircraft
This WebQuest is especially suitable for NCOs and Officers, who research and prepare presentations in groups on the following: tanks, helicopters, armoured fighting vehicles, attack aircraft. [ more... ]

Natalia Zhmurko & Lydia Stoyanova - Combined Operations
Combined Operations can take many forms and range from exercises with a single nation to multi-national operations under the auspices of NATO and the UN. Strengthening ties, promoting friendship and mutual understanding and increasing interoperability among the Navies is the aim of such Combined Operations. In this WebQuest, learners are freelance journalists preparing an article about a recent Combined Operation, and need to conduct a survey of the experience of Navy people to find out their attitudes towards this issue. [ more... ]

Triinu Soomere - Child Soldiers
This WebQuest deals with the issue of child soldiers, and is aimed especially at adult learners of English for peacekeeping purposes. However, only minimal adaptation is needed to use the WebQuest with general English learners. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. [ more... ]

Marin Markos - Get Ready for the Partnership for Peace
This WebQuest deals with the organisation Partnership for Peace (PfP), and is aimed especially at upper intermediate adult learners of English for Peacekeeping Purposes. The WebQuest explores several PfP/ NATO member countries and their armed forces, and especially how this affects Serbia and Montenegro . However, teachers in other countries who teach military English can easily adapt the WebQuest to suit the needs of their own learners. [ more... ]

Tanja Teodosic - Women in Combat
This WebQuest explores the role of women in combat, from both a historical and current perspective. It is aimed especially at adult learners of English for peacekeeping purposes. However, it is also suitable for use with general English learners. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. [ more... ]

Dragos Cocis - Cooperation, Security and Democracy in a post-Cold War Era
In this WebQuest, students are part of a team of journalists, working for a famous newspaper in New York City. The US and the European Community are celebrating 15 years since the Cold War ended peacefully, and students write an article about today’s new challenges: terrorism, freedom of expression, intolerance and discrimination. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. This WebQuest is dedicated to Laura Hanganu. [ more... ]

Aleksandra Karalus – Carnival Crime
In this WebQuest students are police officers working for Interpol, and investigate a crime committed during the Carnival in Rio, Brazil. Students examine Interpol’s most wanted criminals list, communicate with other ‘police’, and find a suspect for the crime, presenting their findings to a police commission. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. [ more... ]

Kiril Hadjiev – Assault Rifles
This WebQuest deals with assault rifles, which are the standard small arms in all modern armies. By doing this Webquest, students learn about several types of assault rifles - their history, their parameters, and capabilities - and then present one assault rifle to the class, trying to convince their classmates that theirs is the best. Aimed at lower intermediate students. [ more... ]

Ekaterine Pakhuridze – The Role of NATO in Crisis Management
This WebQuest explores the role of NATO in crisis management, in areas such as the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Students are journalists who need to present their findings on a poster to the class. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. [ more... ]

Oana Popescu – Human Beings Torn Between Rights and Responsibilities
The understanding of the effects of human rights in our daily lives and the awareness of the need to balance those rights with the other’s rights require an understanding of what human rights are. In this WebQuest students develop an understanding of what human rights are by working with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and taking part in a mock trial. Aimed at upper intermediate learners of English and higher levels. [ more... ]

Diana Nedelcu – Military Airplanes
This WebQuest is aimed at students working in the Romanian air force, but it is also relevant to other English for Peacekeeping Purposes contexts. Here students present a comparison of two military airplanes to a committee – one used by the Romanian Air force and one used by a foreign force. Students present the advantages and possible drawbacks of each craft, and eventually decide on the purchase of a new type of plane for the Romanian Air force. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. [ more... ]

Biljana Atanasovska – Natural Disasters: a Global issue
One of the many roles of the Army is to help the local population, community, and country, during and after natural disasters. In this WebQuest students are trainers who will teach a group of cadets about different natural disasters as well as the procedures that need to be taken. To do this, students research a particular natural disaster as well as the first aid precautions/ procedures before, during and after the disaster. Their findings are shared via a PowerPoint presentation or a poster presentation. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. [ more... ]

Ervin Valo – Tsunami
This WebQuest examines a very powerful natural disaster phenomena – tsunami. Students research why tsunamis are so dangerous, death-toll, warning systems and also how and where they happen. Students then produce a 5-day diary of their imagined experiences of a tsunami, and finally take part in an interview / role play. For intermediate learners of English. [ more... ]

Ioana Bordeianu - The European Union Institutions
In this WebQuest students find out about several European Union institutions and organisations – specifically the European Parliament (EP), the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission. Aimed at intermediate and higher levels. [ more... ]


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