Language:Any language. Example in Italian.
Proficiency Level: Advanced
Brief description of the activity: Students are going to locate texts in the target language about the life and works of Italian artists. Students then use the computer in class or in a computer lab to find target language materials about the artist and create a short biography.
Materials:Computer with an Internet connection or printouts of Web pages
I need to find information on the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli. I want to learn something about his life and his art. Where should I go to find some information? I will go to the school library and see what I can find. I find several books with information about Botticelli but they are all in English. I need something in the target language. Where can I find information written in Italian in my city? Oh! Why not try the Internet? I go to the search engine google.com and put in the artist's name and some words in Italian to encourage the retrieval of target language materials, e.g. Botticelli and vita and Primavera. I find several relevant hits. (If possible, the teacher should demonstrate with a computer; otherwise, students can be shown relevant computer printouts on an overhead or as handouts.)Explain the strategy Access Information Sources and help students understand that this is a strategy that they will be able to use while they are students but also in the future for their own enjoyment. They can use the Internet to find information about topics of interest that they developed while studying a foreign language and culture.
Teacher Resources (to help teacher enhance activity):
Google's Language Tools page: http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en