Move Your Students to a World City - THIS IS THE BASIC "HOW-TO" BOOK for a "VIRTUAL RESIDENCE LANGUAGE" CURRICULUM.
This book sets up a virtual residence adventure for your students "on location" in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Mexico City, Tokyo, Moscow, Lisbon, or any other city. SIMULATING a living experience there provides countless authentic everyday culture contexts for your students to apply everything you teach them...even grammar. Imagine how excited your students will be when you tell them they are going to “move” - into their own apartments in a world city...and not for a two-week trip, but for the whole course! Give your students their own individual “reality shows” - and they can’t get voted off!
Watch as your students they talk all over the city and:
do errands take lessons make plans visit museums
join clubs get mail get part-time jobs shop
go to pet stores encounter challenges solve mysteries re-enact city scenes and events
read local headlines take a gondola ride meet neighbors ride the subway
make weekend plans make appointments be “Honorary Citizens” design invitations
pick paint for rooms get a pet learn local products soak up culture
...and have unlimited more experiences doing everything people would do if they actually lived in the city.
PART 1: PREMISE and SET-UP
The rationale for a course based on “virtual residence.” A list of the materials and classroom cues. Text considerations, time frame (semester or a year,) cities, and 4-year plans. You can do this even if you haven’t lived in the city yourself. Steps for setting up the “virtual residence.” A list of many strategies that are used (all skills). “Seeing” grammar all over the city and applying grammar to conversations. Yellow Pages and start-up links geared to the target language public for some major cities. The “virtual residence” students “scrapbook” (notebook) (handouts, pictures, staged photos, notes, Internet documents, certificates, floor plans, etc.)
PART 2: “MOVE” THERE
Language crash course learning some basic practical language to start like ordering at a cafe.
Presenting the layout of the city on maps. (Each students has his or her own map.) Selecting the address, “moving in,” decorating, and meeting the neighbors.
PART 3: KEEP THE “VIRTUAL RESIDENCE” GOING!
Included are 125 “Daily Connections” - ways to make references to the city each day in your lessons to perpetuate the adventure. They range from short and simple to entire-period extravagant simulations.
There are also tons more activities to get you started and to make the city come alive in your classroom!
WE WANT TO KEEP STUDENTS ENROLLED IN LANGUAGE CLASSES.
WE CAN DO IT IF...
WE MAKE IT REAL, AND WE MAKE IT FUN!!!
155 pages, spiralbound