According to the World Education Literacy Division (2005) “A web lesson is a lesson that incorporates a web site or many web sites. This can be conducted entirely online or it can be a traditional classroom lesson with an online component”.
Some advantages of this kind of lessons is that they bring several opportunities for teachers and students to exploit their creativity, which means, they may get inspired to create original resources and acitivities, and therefore facilite the class development and success.
Another positive feature regarding this kind of lessons is the benefits they provide to different learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, given the varied formats in which the information (material) is presented.
The most important matter regarding web-based lessons is the priority they must give to educational goals. This should actually include specific steps, description of how and when the websites will be used in the course of the whole activity.
Maritime English use in different contexts.
Participants: UMC Maritime Engineering students who are in semester VII.
ü Exercise listening comprehension skills.
ü Raise awarenesss of the importance of oral communication skills in
the maritime contexts.
ü Summarize and report information after watching and listening a
Material: Computers with internet ccess.
Search online video sites such as YouTube, Teacher Tube, or any other for videos about different speaking situations which require the use of maritime English. ( in any maritime context). Select about six or eight videos in which people are talking or discussing subjects related to the maritime context. Videos may include people with different English accents or different English levels.
Have students form pairs or trios and assign a video to each. Students will watch and listen to the videos , take notes of information they may think is important. The teacher may provide students with a short list of questions that may serve as pre-listening activity to give them certain context.
Students will prepare a 5-minute oral presentation to explain the teacher and their partners ,through a summary, about the different speaking situations shown in the videos. They must relate the videos to their current and future situation.A debate may be started to discuss about the advantages of knowing and speaking maritime English. This would be a way of encouraging students to raise certain awareness in regards with the importance of communicating in such specific context as it is the maritime one. They really need to have command of this specialized language.
References: See reference page