Project Title:  Amigos en Asia

Standards Met:

Primary

ISTE NETS Standard 2:   Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

Primary

Colorado World Language Standard: Presentational Mode

(1.3) Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics (presentational mode)

Secondary

Colorado World Language Standard: Interpersonal Mode

(1.1) Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions

 

Enduring Understanding:

Language connects people.

You are judged by what you say and how you say it.  Speaking is not the only form of communication. Language Learning takes a life-time and goes through many stages.

Language Learning opens doors to new ideas, new cultures and new passions.

Essential Questions:

What is crucial about building a virtual relationship? What are common themes in HS students’ lives? How does the study of another language and culture make the world smaller?  How can I explore other cultures without stereotyping?  

GRASPS Task:

Goal: You will write a letter to a high school student in Singapore asking questions about their country as well as other personal questions. You will use images and links to paint a picture of your town and your life in Colorado. You will then receive a letter back from your friend. Next, you will create a video (w/ a peer) answering questions posed to you, and sharing more (orally and visually) about yourself and your school. Lastly, you and your new friend will engage in a conversation over Skype, a Google Hangout or Edmodo. You will reflect upon the experience via your blog or the local newspaper.

Role: Yourself

Audience: Students in Singapore. Students in our class.

Situation: You have some questions about Singapore (after reading a book that references Asia and Singapore), you will use Spanish to ask these questions and then interpret the answers.  At the same time, you are making friends with a student in another country who is also studying Spanish.

Product: You will write a letter on a google doc, share it to your friend, wait for the response, and then read their letter addressed back to you.  You will create a video and upload to Youtube. Next, you will have conversation with your friend (in groups). Lastly, you will reflect upon the experience by writing a blog post (including a pic or screencast of the conversation) about your experience.

Six Facets of Understanding:

Explain: Describe their school, family, and interests in letter to a friend in Singapore. Ascertain more specific information about SG and their friend. Students will engage in conversations (both synchronous and asynchronous ) with students in another country.

Interpret: Students will read a letter (via a google doc) from Singapore to gain insight into living in Asia and attending an International school.

Apply: Students will demonstrate what they have learned (in terms of language and content) and build upon this to create an authentic relationship with another student of similar age studying Spanish.

Have perspective: Students will compare the life of a student in Colorado with the life of an International student.

Empathize: Students will appreciate different foods (products) and traditions (practices) from students living in Asia.

Have self-knowledge: Student will reflect upon their Spanish abilities and their life in relation to other HS kids around the world.