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ERIC Number: ED352838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ESL Field Trips: Maximizing the Experience Both in and out of the Classroom.
Buchanan, Helen Elizabeth
It is argued that field trips and related activities in and out of the classroom, especially when well-planned, have educational, social, and cultural value for students of English as a Second Language (ESL). They offer meaningful learning experiences, extra learning opportunities, and authentic language encounters with native English-speakers. Activities before, during, and after the outing enhance the experience. For example, pre-trip activities for excursions to an electronics factory and a planetarium included investigation of what occurs at the destination, vocabulary development, and speaking practice and comprehension activities using materials related to the destination. Activities designed for the trip itself, as implemented in trips to a history museum and a cemetery, include the gathering of specific information and reflection on student feelings as observers and participants. Follow-up activities used after a full-day visit to a city included sharing of observations and opinions both orally and in written form, and role-playing as a means of structured speech practice. Careful and thorough planning is seen as vital to successful field trips. Planning issues include student input in the selection of destination, researching the site, flexibility of scheduling, and student interests. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A