Your guide to an adventure in learning English

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Special thanks for the latest quests to the McGill TESL students and Profs.Caroline Turner and Beverly A. Baker

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Elementary Cycle One       

  • Animal Detective is a SPEAQ-quest designed for elementary cycle 1 and 2 students. Young students might need teacher's explanations first. The idea of this quest is to introduce traditional songs and nursery rhymes. There are 3 levels of difficulty with different contents and evaluation criteria.  The teacher can decide which level is more suitable for his/her students.


     

     

Elementary Cycle Two

 

  • Animal Detective  is a SPEAQ-quest designed for elementary cycle 1 and 2 students. Young students might need teacher's explanations first. The idea of this quest is to introduce traditional songs and nursery rhymes. There are 3 levels of difficulty with different contents and evaluation criteria.  The teacher can decide which level is more suitable for his/her students.

 

 

Elementary Cycle Three

  • GREETINGS FROM How can travel expand your knowledge of different cultures and peoples of the world?

    Have you ever seen a giraffe in the wild?  What is “the Tango” and where is it practiced?Do you know where the famous hockey player Mats Sundin comes from?

    These are some of the questions that you will be able to explore on this SPEAQ-quest that is based on the theme of travel.  You will be able to go to the farthest reaches of the world all from the comfort of your classroom! By the end of this quest, you will be able to tell your classmates about an exotic location in the world and create a postcard that you can keep to remember all the new things you’ve learned about your country!…Bon voyage! 

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  • THE RECYCLABLES  Topic:    Learning about the 3R’s (reduce, reuse recycle)

     You will embark on a quest where you will learn the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. Through cooperative tasks, you will apply your new knowledge by creating a poster about environmentally friendly practices and teach classmates about the importance of saving the planet. 

     

  • Pirates Ahoy! is a SPEAQ-quest adventure where you navigate through the world of pirates as you collect treasure after treasure until you find the jackpot. You will learn, you will play and you will discover Treasure Island, a great pirate story.

  • And what about bullying?

    Have you or someone you know ever been teased, hurt, or excluded? Have you ever wondered what you could do in these situations? Often, people feel helpless when they see someone being bullied.  As for the victims, they are hurt, and it can truly make their lives miserable. Let's explore this subject together so we can contribute to a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone in our school! We CAN make a difference! Before you go any further, please check out this website. It will help you stay safe while surfing on the web.

  • Buy Nothing Day Poster Happy Buy Nothing Day!

     

     

      

    You collect information about Buy nothing day” through clips and texts. You will then write a short text about buy nothing day and create a persuasive poster to be presented to your classmates.

  • Where in the World is Bret the Vet?

    My name is Bret the Vet. I am a veterinarian who has gone on an international search for endangered animal species. You can do your share to help the endangered animals by helping me in my quest.

    My final location is a secret and the only way for you to find me is to complete the puzzles I have given you. You and a friend will work together to find the solutions and report your findings.

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Intensive

  • ANIMAL HELPERS  (teacher's  zip)

    In forests, rivers, and in cities, there are hazards caused by humans that endanger animals around us.  What can we do to make the world a better place for our animal friends?  There are many solutions that people don’t know about.  Our job is to let our friends and family know what they can do to help the animals around us.  This is what we will do! (teacher's  zip)

     

  • Investigation with Sherlock Holmes

    What are the steps involved in an investigation?  How can you solve a mystery like a professional? 

    Every day, people work to solve mysteries and crimes. They do this by looking at evidence and making deductions. Together, you and Sherlock Holmes are going to work to solve a mystery. While you do this, you can see just how real detectives find answers and solve cases! (teacher's  zip)

     

  • I want a pet! A quest for the right pet for the right person and circumstances.

  • Do You Believe In Lake Monsters? An ESL WebQuest exploring the world of "Memphré" Lake Memphremagog's underwater creature.

  • Will Robots Replace Humans In The Future? Students answer the question after several activities and research that lead them to explore the topic, form an opinion and write a paragraph where they give their opinion and arguments in support . 

  • Ahoy! Pirates is a SPEAQ-quest adventure where you navigate through the world of pirates as you collect treasure after treasure until you find the jackpot. You will learn, you will play and you will discover Treasure Island, a great pirate story.

  • Stepping lightly through Nature (jr)  explore the concept of Carbon Footprint by doing an Internet quiz using strategies and taking note of elements that would minimize footprints and help the environment. Present a personal list and illustrate with a poster.  

  • LET’S GET COOKING… IN A HEALTHY WAY! 

    In our everyday life, we eat a great variety of meals, which all taste fabulous. However, we rarely think about what our meals contain. In this SPEAQ quest, the goal is to have a second look at what we regularly cook. Since we have to cook on a daily basis, let’s explore the different ways to make healthier recipes.

    QUESTIONS: Are you aware of what’s in your food? How could you make it healthier?

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Secondary Cycle One Core

  • Top Secret: Project Zengor

    Topic: Aliens on Earth                                                  

    This SPEAQ-quest focuses on the topic of  aliens on Earth. You are asked to embark on an investigation to find Zengor who is the prince of the planet Nebula. You are the detectives in this case and have to complete several missions in order to be successful detectives and save the world.

     

  • I want a pet! A quest for the right pet for the right person and circumstances.

  • Will Robots Replace Humans In The Future? Students answer the question after several activities and research that lead them to explore the topic, form an opinion and write a paragraph where they give their opinion and arguments in support .

  • Ahoy! Pirates is a SPEAQ-quest adventure where you navigate through the world of pirates as you collect treasure after treasure until you find the jackpot. You will learn, you will play and you will discover Treasure Island, a great pirate story.

  • Stepping lightly through Nature (jr)  explore the concept of Carbon Footprint by doing an Internet quiz using strategies and taking note of elements that would minimize footprints and help the environment. Present a personal list and illustrate with a poster.

  • Stranger than Fiction Your task will be to investigate strange and interesting facts, and use them to create a Stranger than Fiction game that you can share with classmates.

  • Mother of all inventions You will take an already invented item and improve it. You will interview people and observe how the invention is being used to make it better and fit the psychological, physical and environmental needs of people in the 21st century! You will present your invention at an invention exhibition and persuade people that you have the winning invention!

  • LET’S GET COOKING… IN A HEALTHY WAY! 

    In our everyday life, we eat a great variety of meals, which all taste fabulous. However, we rarely think about what our meals contain. In this SPEAQ quest, the goal is to have a second look at what we regularly cook. Since we have to cook on a daily basis, let’s explore the different ways to make healthier recipes.

    QUESTIONS: Are you aware of what’s in your food? How could you make it healthier?

     

 

Secondary Cycle One Enriched

  • Will Robots Replace Humans In The Future? Students answer the question  after several activities and research that lead them to explore the topic, form an opinion and write a paragraph where they give their opinion and arguments in support .

  • Ahoy! Pirates is a SPEAQ-quest adventure where you navigate through the world of pirates as you collect treasure after treasure until you find the jackpot. You will learn, you will play and you will discover Treasure Island, a great pirate story.

  • Stepping lightly through Nature (jr)  explore the concept of Carbon Footprint by doing an Internet quiz using strategies and taking note of elements that would minimize footprints and help the environment. Present a personal list and illustrate with a poster.  

  • Love that Song! Music for the soul, party music, dance music, background music, romantic music and so on are often very important ingredients of our lives. We spend money and we spend time listening, discussing, maybe even playing music. What music do you like and would like to tell us about?

  • Stranger than Fiction Your task will be to investigate strange and interesting facts, and use them to create a Stranger than Fiction game that you can share with classmates.

  • Mother of all inventions You will take an already invented item and improve it. You will interview people and observe how the invention is being used to make it better and fit the psychological, physical and environmental needs of people in the 21st century! You will present your invention at an invention exhibition and persuade people that you have the winning invention!

 

Secondary Cycle Two Core  1

 

  • Don't Bet on it!  An ESL quest from the MELS (2004)

  • Stepping lightly through Nature (Sr) explore the concept of Carbon Footprint by responding to videos on the subject and calculating your footprint in order to better understand the concept and possible solutions. Present a resume of your actual footprint and a plan to minimize it in the future.

  • Love that Song! Music for the soul, party music, dance music, background music, romantic music and so on are often very important ingredients of our lives. We spend money and we spend time listening, discussing, maybe even playing music. What music do you like and would like to tell us about?

  • English Resources develop a collection of English learning resources for yourself and fellow students.

  • Stranger than Fiction Your task will be to investigate strange and interesting facts, and use them to create a Stranger than Fiction game that you can share with classmates.

 

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Secondary Cycle Two Core  2

  • MY BODY MY DECISION      Topic: Teenage Sexuality                                               

    Teenage sexuality has different meanings for different people because it combines our actions, beliefs, attitudes, and desires.  Over ten classes, this project will offer you the chance to explore teen sexuality by choosing a topic, reading about it, and discussing it with their group. From there, each group will create a pamphlet that will be discussed and distributed during the information fair MY BODY, MY DECISION. Some issues which the pamphlet should address are:

    ·         What are the myths and facts?

    ·         What are the consequences of decisions based on myths? On facts?

    ·         How can teens educate their peers about the topic they have chosen?

     

  • Behind the scenes of Advertising

    Hey! Do you know how many advertisements you are exposed to every day? Have you ever stopped and tried to analyze their meaning or potentially hidden message? Now it is your turn to be critical and express your point of view. In this SPEAQ Quest you will be asked to analyze two advertisements which will lead to you an interesting discovery. You will be asked to take a stand and it will be published in a blog! Are you ready?

    Stepping lightly through Nature (Sr) explore the concept of Carbon Footprint by responding to videos on the subject and calculating your footprint in order to better understand the concept and possible solutions. Present a resume of your actual footprint and a plan to minimize it in the future.

  • Seven Wonders of the World: become experts of the Seven Wonders of the World, you are travel agents, tour guides, geographers and historians who are specialized in one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Your job is to learn about your wonder, then educate others on your wonder.

  • English around Canada: where would you go if you had a chance to travel across Canada to a place where you would improve your English and be immersed in that culture.

  • Love that Song! Music for the soul, party music, dance music, background music, romantic music and so on are often very important ingredients of our lives. We spend money and we spend time listening, discussing, maybe even playing music. What music do you like and would like to tell us about?

  • English Resources develop a collection of English learning resources for yourself and fellow students.

  • The Best of the Best: In this SPEAQ-quest, you will work with a team of co-workers from the class to develop "the best of the best" vehicle according to you - the fastest car, the toughest truck or trail bike, the most environmentally friendly vehicle, etc. your imagination and research can bring you to create.
     

  • Beauty beyond Borders  Is beauty defined by age, gender, color, size, body shape, or one’s culture? Who gets to decide? The word Beauty, which is the English equivalent for the French word beauté, is recorded as being first used in the 14th century. Over time, one’s concept of what is considered to be beautiful has changed and still to this day, varies from person to person, culture to culture, and from country to country. Hence, there are many definitions of beauty existing in our world. This in itself can be said to be beautiful.

     You will be going on an expedition to explore the beauty standards of different places around the world. You will start off by thinking about who you think is beautiful or how you define beauty. Then you will find out what North Americans consider to be beautiful in both men and women. Lastly, you will take a trip to a destination around the world to discover how another culture views beauty.

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Secondary Cycle Two Core  3

  • Reality Theatre Presenting your voice! - write and present a play that sets out your views.

  • Seven Wonders of the World:become experts of the Seven Wonders of the World, you are travel agents, tour guides, geographers and historians who are specialized in one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Your job is to learn about your wonder, then educate others on your wonder.

  • English around Canada: where would you go if you had a chance to travel across Canada to a place where you would improve your English and be immersed in that culture.

 

Secondary Cycle Two Enriched  1

 

  • King Tut: The Mummy lives! Why does a person who lived over 3000 years ago continue to interest us? Is it because of his allure as a young “boy king”? Is it because of the mystery surrounding his death? Are we fascinated by the legend of the mummy’s curse? Or is it simply because of the wealth of antiquities discovered in his tomb? Your mission will be to embark on a quest to answer these questions; you will disguise yourself as a writer for a celebrity tabloid, a CSI investigator, an archeologist/explorer and an art historian. Get your a passport and begin the investigation!

  • Don't Bet on it!  An ESL quest from the MELS (2004)

  • Seven Wonders of the World: become experts of the Seven Wonders of the World, you are travel agents, tour guides, geographers and historians who are specialized in one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Your job is to learn about your wonder, then educate others on your wonder.

  • English around Canada: where would you go if you had a chance to travel across Canada to a place where you would improve your English and be immersed in that culture.

  • English Resources develop a collection of English learning resources for yourself and fellow students.

  • The Best of the Best: In this SPEAQ-quest, you will work with a team of co-workers from the class to develop "the best of the best" vehicle according to you - the fastest car, the toughest truck or trail bike, the most environmentally friendly vehicle, etc. your imagination and research can bring you to create.

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Secondary Cycle Two Enriched  2

 

  • Reality Theatre Presenting your voice! - write and present a play that sets out your views.

  • English Resources develop a collection of English learning resources for yourself and fellow students.

  • The Best of the Best: In this SPEAQ-quest, you will work with a team of co-workers from the class to develop "the best of the best" vehicle according to you - the fastest car, the toughest truck or trail bike, the most environmentally friendly vehicle, etc. your imagination and research can bring you to create.

 

Secondary Cycle Two Enriched  3

  • Different Registers for Different Situations Learning English is difficult enough as it is…speaking inappropriately and getting a weird reaction is even worse! Your quest is to collect information in order to get clues from your teacher which will spell out the mystery word.  The quest that you are going on is all about learning when to use certain registers at the appropriate time. 

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