"It won't happen to me !"

A WebQuest
for English as a Foreign Language
4º ESO- or Bachillerato

Designed by Mercedes de la Casa and Isabel Pérez

Introduction / Task / Process / Evaluation / Conclusion / Teacher's Notes / Credits



Millions of people die because of AIDS.
AIDS is a worldwide illness, people from the Third and First world get infected and die, on the other hand AIDS people suffer a huge discrimination.
"It won't happen to me!". Is that what you think? that is a very common belief, but AIDS has got no colour, no sex, no economic or social status, maybe after looking for information and working with the topic you will have a different opinion.

This is the Big Question: May it happen to you?


The task will be aimed to 4º ESO or Bachillerato and will take four weeks.

The final task will be double:

1) To create a virtual AIDS magazine with interviews and articles that will include all the info everybody should know about AIDS.

2) To organise an AIDS school campaign.

To create this magazine you will collaborate in a 4 reporters group. Each one of you will choose a role and will research about an aspect of the disease and its social discrimination.


Activating Background:

Is AIDS a pandemic illness?
What's AIDS? What causes AIDS?,
AIDS Worldmap
Answer this AIDS questionnaire to see how much you know about it.

Part 1

1. Decide who is going to be assigned each role.

2. Use the "Resources" that have been selected for each role and the general resources.

3. Search for the information and write the interview and the article from the perspective of your role.

General resources:
Aids, sex and teens
United Nations
General information
AIDS World Day
Statistics - 2008 report
HIV images and Red Ribbons
HIV people pictures and text
Personal stories of young people with HIV
Experiences in HIV prevention from family planning associations worldwide (pdf)

Reporter 1: What do doctors say about AIDS?

- The interview: you will ask a doctor about different ways of infection and prevention.

- The article: you will write a short article with a summary of the main facts from a doctor's point of view.


HIV & AIDS: Infection & Testing
Safer Sex: HIV & AIDS
Putting on a condom
HIV and pregnancy
DWB: Doctors without Borders, “Children and AIDS: Neglected Patients”

Reporter 2: What should you know about drugs and AIDS?

- The interview: you will ask a drug addict about ways of infection and problems.

- The article: you will write a short summary of the main facts to be taken into account if someone is a drug user.


Injecting drug users & HIV
HIV and drug use
HIV Prevention & injecting drug use
Drug use and HIV
AIDS Fact Sheet: Drug Use and HIV
Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Injection Drug Use
Injecting Drug Use and AIDS in Developing Countries


Reporter 3: What are the risks if you are a homosexual or a heterosexual person?

- The interview: you will ask homosexuals and heterosexuals about ways of infection and problems inside these social groups.

- The article: you will write a short summary of the main facts to be taken into account from a homosexual and heterosexual point of view.


Safer Sex: HIV & AIDS
“From 1981 until now”: affected AIDS population groups
AIDS homosexual discrimination
l Magic Johnson´s biography ( NBA basket-ball player )
Freddie Mercury´s biography (Queen´s leader singer)
Rock Hudson´s biography (Hollywood actor)
“Have you heard me today?”: Female vulnerability to HIV
Homosexuality, Gay Men, Lesbians & AIDS
HIV and AIDS stigma and Discrimination
Comments of people with AIDS





Reporter 4: What kind of help can be offered by AIDS associations and any other organizations?

- The interview: will you interview someone who is working in an AIDS association.

- The article: you will write about AIDS associations in the world and in your town area, (eg. "Asima, asociación anti- sida de Málaga), including information about humanitarian help and AIDS effects on families.



London Ecumenical AIDS Trust (LEAT)
Mildmay HIV & AIDS Care
Children With AIDS Charity
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Body and Soul
Les Pénélopes: demanding a law for persons with HIV / AIDS
Les Pénélopes (L.P.): fighting against AIDS with the female condom
World Aids Day
Aids organizations worldwide

4. After doing the tasks for each role, collect all the interviews and article in a magazine that will be of help in the AIDS campaign in your school

5. You will share your results in the classroom once a week and when you finish the magazine.

6. All the groups will make an oral presentation of the research and will discuss about the big question and their final answer.

Part 2

After you have gathered and shared your info, you will organise an AIDS campaign at school. In the campaign, each group will prepare one activity among the following ones:
- a seminar, (you can begin with a brainstorming)
- a mural and a poster competition
- a TV advert
- a radio spot
- a video script
- a film-forum ( eg: Philadelphia, Al filo de la duda…)
- a role-play containing different attitudes

a.Examine and analyse your info, discuss and organise it, then suggest any other ideas.
b.Discuss about the AIDS school campaign, share different activities, the aim is to aware all people from school: students, parents and teachers; and of course being helpful and supportive.
c. Decide which activity you are going to design for the campaign.
d. Read the Evaluation sheet all throughout the process

And now, ……answer the Big Question: May AIDS happen to you?


- You will be evaluated in group, work hard to get the best marks and learn as much as you can!

- Content, visual presentation and grammatical and spelling correctness will be also evaluated.


Doing this WebQuest, you have learnt that everybody can be affected by AIDS, and so you should also be aware of the possibilities of being infected and avoid taking any risks.

Now, you can go on reading and learnign about AIDS in the next web sites:
Spanish questionnaire about AIDS
HIV and AIDS quizzes
World AIDS day Quiz
Women HIV and AIDS Quiz

Teacher's Notes

- This Webquest has been designed for students of Secondary Education of English as a Foreign Language

- The required level is pre-intermediate or intermediate. We think it can work better with students in Bachillerato (16, 17 years old), but it can also be done with students of 4º ESO (15 years old), if they like English.

- The objectives are to make students aware of the risks and possibilities of getting AIDS.
- From a linguistic point of view, students will benefit from reading extensively in English and will have to put into practice other skills such as summarizing, writing an interview, etc.

- It can be carried out in class (3 or 4 sessions to guide them through the process) and as part of their homework.


To create this WebQuest we have used pictures from the following sites (we asked for permission to use them).

World Aids Day

Joseph De Leon

We have also used Bernie Dodge's model and template.

Many thanks to all of them.

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