French Webquest

French class project idea


Language classes are as fun or as boring as the teacher and students make them. Grammar drills, vocabulary tests, and pronunciation labs are the basis of many successful language classes, but it's also good to incorporate some creative interaction, and projects can be just the thing.

A webquest is an interesting project for French classes or for independent studiers looking to spice up their self-instruction.

This project is perfect as a long-term activity for intermediate and advanced students, though it can also be adapted for beginners.


Project

Research various topics related to French, to be shared as a paper, website, and/or oral presentation


Instructions

  • Decide whether students will work individually or in groups
     
  • Review my list of potential subjects, below, and decide whether students will choose their own topic(s) or be assigned
     
  • Explain the purpose of a webquest: to gather information via the internet that will be shared in whatever format(s) the teacher chooses. If a website is desired, consider having students use the PowerPoint templates provided on About's Presentation Software site, which are accompanied by detailed, step-by-step instructions
     
  • Explain about plagiarism and the importance of citing sources. For example, students are welcome to link to any of the material on this or other websites, but should not copy text to their own sites or in their papers.
     
  • Pass out a list of required/optional sections, the desired length, and any other guidelines
     
  • Students do the webquest, then write up reports, create websites, and/or prepare oral presentations
     
  • After all presentations, students could write a summary or comparison of other presentations


Topics

Topic(s) can be assigned by the teacher or chosen by the students.

Each student or group can do an in-depth study of one topic, such as the Académie française, or a comparison of two or more topics, such as the difference between the Académie française and the Alliance française. Or they might choose several topics and just answer a few questions about each of them. Here are some possible topics, with a few basic questions to consider - the teacher and/or students should use this just as a starting point.


    Notes

    The collective webquests will offer an extensive collection of material about French, which can be shared with other teachers, parents, and potential students.
     

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    Your Citation
    Lawless, Laura K. "French Webquest." ThoughtCo, Jun. 28, 2017, thoughtco.com/french-webquest-1369661. Lawless, Laura K. (2017, June 28). French Webquest. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/french-webquest-1369661 Lawless, Laura K. "French Webquest." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/french-webquest-1369661 (accessed January 20, 2018).