Guiding EFL Learners In The Use Of Web Resources

Shiao- Chuan Kung


This paper describes a method of using World Wide Web resources as authentic materials in an EFL reading class. Forty-eight students enrolled in a reading class were guided in the use of websites for language learning through completing and creating scavenger hunt-type of assignments using websites that were not specifically designed for language learning. Data were collected through questionnaires, interviews and evaluation of students’ work. They revealed that despite the amount of time needed to complete the assignments, the students’ attitude towards using websites to complete English assignments was generally positive. They also became more web literate during the process of completing the assignments, especially when they collaborated to create a reading assignment using sites of their own selection.

Full Text:



Boswood, T. (Ed.). (1997). New Ways of Using Computers in Language Teaching. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

Egbert, J. (2001). Active Learning through Computer-enhanced Activities.

Teaching English with Technology. 1(3).


Ellinger, B., Sandler, S., Chayen, D., Goldfrad, K., Yarosky, J. (2001).

Weaving the Web into an EAP reading program.

English Teaching Forum, 39(2), 22-25.

Felix, U. (1999). Exploiting the Web for language teaching:

selected approaches. ReCALL, 11(1), 30-37.

Felix, U. (2001). The Web’s potential for language learning:

the student’s perspective. ReCALL 13(1), 47-58.

Grabinger, R.S. & Dunlap, J.C. (1995). Rich environments for active

learning: A definition, Alt-J: Association for Learning Technology Journal, 3(2), 5-34.

Kung, S.C. & Chuo, I. (2002). Students' Perceptions of English Learning through

ESL/EFL Websites, TESL-EJ, 6(1). Available:

Lee, L. (1997). Using Internet tools as an enhancement of C2 teaching

and learning. Foreign Language Annals, 30(3), 410-427.

Li, R.C. & Hart, R.S. (winter, 1996). What Can the World Wide Web

Offer ESL Teachers? TESOL Journal. 5-10.

Lyman, H. (1998). The promise and problems of English on-line:

A primer for high school teachers. English Journal, 87(1), 56-62.

Meloni, C. (1998). The Internet in the classroom: A valuable tool and resource

for ESL/EFL Teachers. ESL Magazine. Available://

Oliva, M. & Pollastrini, Y. (1995). Internet resources and second language acquisition:

An evaluation of virtual immersion. Foreign Language Annals, 28(4), 551-563.

Osuna, M. M. & Meskill, C. (1998). Using the World Wide Web to integrate

Spanish language and culture: A pilot study. Language Learning & Technology. 1(2), 71-92.

Sperling, D. (1997). The Internet Guide for English Language Teachers.

Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents.

Starr, R.M. & Milheim, W.D. (1996). Educational Uses of the Internet:

An Exploratory Survey. Educational Technology, 36(5), 19-28.

Sussex, R & White, P. (1996). Electronic networking. Annual Review

of Applied Linguistics, 16, 200-225.

Yang, S.C. (2001). Integrating computer-mediated tools into the language

curriculum. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 17, 85-93.

Warschauer, M. (Ed.). (1995). Virtual Connections: Online activities and

projects for networking language learners. University of Hawaii: Second Language

Teaching & Curriculum Center.

Warschauer, M. (2000). The changing global economy and the future of

English teaching. TESOL Quarterly, 34(3), 511-535.

Warschauer, M., Schetzer, H., & Meloni, C. (2000). Internet for English Teaching. Alexandria,

VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.


  • There are currently no refbacks.




eISSN : 2550-2131

ISSN : 1675-8021