A WWW Scavenger Hunt for ESOL Educators
Focus on Culture
Lou McCloskey, Ph.D.
This WebQuest was developed for an ESOL endorsement course for K-12
To make you aware of the kinds of information about culture, teaching,
ESOL and related topics available to you on the WWW and to give you access
to specific useful sites.
To help you locate useful resources for your culture profile project.
To help you locate useful resources to help make your teaching more
Culture Resources for Teachers and Students
Complete the "hunt" in any order. (If several people are hunting, be
sure to start in different places.)
The highlighted, underlined text indicates a link. Click on the link
and then use the information you find to answer the questions listed below.
Questions relate to the website listed directly above them but you may
need to do additional looking within the site.
Find the answers and write them in the blanks. (The answer is not so
important as the fact that you could find source and the answer.)
Occasional short meanderings are encouraged.
"Bookmark" (or write down, or e-mail to yourself) important web discoveries
to return to and to share with the colleagues.
If you get "stuck," either go to another question and come back later
or ask for help.
Feel free to return to the Scavenger Hunt for more discoveries at other
times. Don't expect to finish the hunt in one run.
The Web of Culture: http://www.webofculture.com
How many "hits" do you get when you search for Puerto Rico? _________
What is a cultural "no-no" regarding one's feet in Costa Rica?__________
What does it mean when people wiggle their noses in Puerto Rico? __________
What is the unit of currency in Croatia, and its abbreviation? __________
Kid's Window: http://www.jinjapan.org/kidsweb/
What is a traditional Japanese breakfast? __________
Listen to a child read Momotaro in Japanese and in English. ____
Lords of the Earth: http://www.mayalords.org/mayafldr/index.html
What does the Mayan Weaver Woman use for a belt? __________
KidLink Multicultural Calendar: http://www.kidlink.org/KIDPROJ/MCC/
What is Quema del Diablo, celebrated in Guatemala? ___________
How could your students submit celebrations to go on the calendar?
Sounds of the World's Animals: http://www.georgetown.edu/cball/animals/animals.html
What does a horse say in Thai? ___________
What does a crow say in Afrikaans? ____________
Life in Ancient Egypt http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/cmnh/exhibits/egypt/index.htm
What is a Shabti? _________
Why were cosmetics important in Ancient Egypt? __________
Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) http://lanic.utexas.edu/
What language is spoken around Puerto Limon in Costa Rica? (hint: try "background
notes, Department of State") ____________
What is the literacy rate among adults in El Salvador? (hint: try "background
notes, Department of State") ______________
What happened to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo when she was six? _________
Who are the three sisters in the Iroquois legend of the "No-Face Doll?"
The Abyssinia Cyberspace Gateway http://www.abyssiniacybergateway.net/
Where is Abyssinia? _____________
Still More Great Resources
Choose a target country/culture you would like to learn more about.
Find an interesting fact or two about your target country/culture. __________
Search for sites on your target culture.
Print 3 interesting pages you found about your target country. (If
printer is available) ___
Bookmark (or e-mail to yourself, or write the URL here) at least
one website of interest that you want to go back to later _______________________________________________________
Search a topic that is too broad (more than 1000 "hits") Topic: ___________
Search a topic that is too narrow (0 hits) Topic: ____________
Search a topic that is about right (maybe 1-50 hits) Topic: _____________
Search your "just right" topic 4 times using 4 different search engines.
How do the results compare? Hints: Use quotes " " to ask for exact phrase.
Use + between words to include both.
http://www.amazon.com/ or http://barnesandnoble.com
Look for books on your target country in an on-line bookstore. __________
What's the latest pick for Oprah's book club? http://barnesandnoble.com
What book won the 1998 Booker Prize? http://www.amazon.com/
At least how many more on-line bookstores are there? http://stc.net/books.htm
What is Kidsweb? ______________
E-Lective Language Learning
This is an example of a text written for students with e-lective features.
Do you think it is like those described by Cummins? ________________
(For thinking about now and discussing later) How might this site be altered
to make it more accessible to learners of English? ________________
Other samples: Granddaughter's
by Woods on a Snowy Evening
An On-Line Dictionary for Learners of English
Newbury House Dictionary of the American Language http://nhd.heinle.com/
Your student came across the word "beaver" in her reading book. Find a
picture of a beaver in the online Newbury House Dictionary of the American
Use the right click button on your mouse (dos) or left click (mac) to copy
and save the beaver picture. ____________
What does TESOL stand for? _________
Where can you find a copy of the TESOL ESL K-12 Standards? ____________
Who is giving the opening plenary at the annual convention in Vancouver
in March? _____________
What does CAL stand for? __________
Does Carolyn Temple Adger, of CAL, believe that AAVE is "Bad English"?
What does NCTE stand for? ____________
What is the title of Mary Lou Mccloskey's session at the NCTE conference
in Nashville (session B-11) ___________
What is unique about the journal Primary Voices K-6? ______________
What does NCBE stand for? ______________
Can you find Muriel Saville-Troike's "Questions to ask about Culture?"
(Hint: look under "language and culture" in the Online Library.)
Basic Spanish for the Virtual Student http://www.studyspanish.com/pronunciation/index.htm
How do you pronounce the vowels in Spanish? _______________
Japanese Arts Resources http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/nso/asian/welcome/resource_japan.html
Visit the Floating World. Comments: __________________
U.S. Department of Education, The Office of English Language Acquisition,
Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient
Students (OELA) http://www.ed.gov/offices/OBEMLA/index.html
Locate English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Link to:
Discovery Channel School http://discoveryschool.com/schoolhome.html
Back to Mary Lou McCloskey's
Resource Pages (Check this site for link updates and more
Teaching Tolerance http://www.splcenter.org/teachingtolerance.html
The Human Languages Page http://www.june29.com/HLP/
Try out a universal translator.
American Association of Libraries 5000 Best Sites http://www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites/
Georgia TESOL http://www.gatesol.org/
Print yourself a membership form.