Who's Who on the Web
by Setsuko Watanabe/David Biasotti/
Published by Nan'Un-do, Tokyo
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Like the writers of this book, you probably use the World Wide Web almost every day. Maybe you consult your daily horoscope, read the news, do a little shopping, or check out the homepage of your favorite pop star. But the Web offers so much more than that. In its brief existence it's become a window to a world of knowledge and information. If you're a student, you've probably already experienced how useful it can be for research. In this book we hope to show you just how much fun learning on the Web can be.
We've chosen twelve famous figures of the 20th century, people who in different ways helped shape the world we live in today. Each Chapter consists of six parts.
Pre-Reading Questions - Intended for either individual reflection or group discussion, these questions are to start you thinking about the subject you're about to explore.
Reading Passage - A brief essay on the life of the chapter's subject.
Reading Comprehension Questions - Multiple choice or true/false questions to test your understanding of the Reading Passage.
Listening Questions - Using the actual words of the person, a test of your listening comprehension skills. There are two types of questions, "Cloze" and "Dictation." In "Cloze" you fill in the words you hear to complete the passage; in "Dictation" you are to write the entire spoken passage.
Using the Web to Expand Your Knowledge - In this section you must actually go online to find the answers. We provide you with a few URLs that will help you, but encourage you also to try to find your own!
Web-tivities - Maybe you will find this the most enjoyable part of all. Each author has come up with a wide variety of activities that will expose you to the rich, multimedia possibilities of the Web for learning.
We hope you have as much fun using this book as we had in bringing it to you!
A Word to the Teacher
This book, a successor to Web-Watching the World, is focused on the life stories of some of the 20th Century's most influential people. As the chapters are the work of four authors, you and your students will be exposed to a variety of writing styles, quizzes and activities.
Whether or not you've ever used the Internet in your classroom before, we think you'll find Who's Who on the Web a unique way to help develop your students' skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking with the help of this exciting new medium, the World Wide Web. How you use this book - as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with another text, for a full year's course of study or not - is, of course, up to you. Here we'll just offer a few suggestions you might want to try in class.
Each chapter consists of six parts.
Pre-Reading Questions - Here we give a few questions to start the student thinking about the subject of the chapter. You may wish to do this as an introductory group discussion or as pair work, and you may wish to come up with some questions of your own.
Reading Passage - A short essay (400 words) on the subject. As this essay is also included in spoken form on the accompanying CD, you may wish to have the students listen first with closed books and elicit answers to test your student's listening comprehension. You might also try having the students read in pairs.
Reading Comprehension Questions - Here you'll find a variety of multiple-choice or true/false questions based on the text. Some questions test simple comprehension, others the student's knowledge of vocabulary. Again, you might prefer that the students do this activity in pairs so that they can compare and talk about their answers.
Listening Questions - Contained on the CD, each chapter has two listening questions, one a "Cloze" (fill-in) and the other "Dictation." Spoken by actors, they are the actual words of the famous person being studied.
Using the Web to Expand Your Knowledge - Here the student must go online to find the answers to a variety of questions. You may wish to have your students do this activity in pairs, if possible. Though we provide helpful URL's, we encourage you to demonstrate for your students basic Internet search techniques (such as www.google.com) to help them find links of their own. Your students may very well be intimidated at first - "It's only English!." One of the values of this section, though, is to teach the students to look for the information they need, and not worry too much about things they don't understand. This activity can also be the basis for some pair work (questions and answers).
Web-tivities - Again you might find these activities best done in pairs. The emphasis of this section is just how much fun learning on the Web can be. We've tried to make the activities an interactive rather than simply a passive reading experience. We think they will stimulate lively discussion in class.
The possibilities for expanding on this textbook are limited only by the teacher's time and imagination. For example, you may have the students research famous people on their own and publish the results on your homepage.
Interactive Learning Space On the website.
We will continually update the URL's in the book at our website, http://www.shejapan.com/www2/who.htmlThere you will also find our BBS, MLand CGI Quiz in which we encourage you to participate. Language learning is a collaborative process, and we invite you to contact us with your comments and suggestions, either to the authors individually or through the Learning Space.
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The authors March 31,2001