ERIC Number: ED425406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
The Building: An Adaptation of Francis Debyser's Writing Project. A Global Simulation To Teach Language and Culture.
Magnin, Michele Claude
A "global simulation" is a class activity allowing students to encounter situations that include love, life, and death in a simulated environment. This paper describes several possible simulations. Each one can be integrated into a variety of intermediate- to advanced-level curricula such as a conversation class, a culture and civilization class, or a writing class. Distinctions are made between functional and global simulations. Functional simulations are particularly adaptable to the curriculum of the specialty (foreign) language class (e.g., Business English, English for Hotel Management and Tourism, or English in the Health Professions). The simulation "The Building" is described in detail with instructions for further developing the idea to teach culture, lifestyles, and customs. Students may write a personal journal, essay, or composition; or the project may be to write a novel, with students creating the plot together and then dividing up the chapters. Adapting "The Building" to the use of the Internet is discussed. Infrastructure, equipment, and procedures used at the University of San Diego are listed. Tips for success are provided. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: China-U.S. Conference on Education. Collected Papers. (Beijing, People's Republic of China, July 9-13, 1997); see CG 028 968.