Simulation Plan - Cafe (Emergent Syllabus)

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A sample simulation plan for teachers to teach with an emergent syllabus. See www.avatarlanguages.com/teaching/guide.php#emergent

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Simulation Plan - Cafe (Emergent Syllabus)

  1. 1. Emergent Syllabus sample simulation: at a café Overview Use this plan to prepare and do a practical simulation in class. This plan guides the teacher and the student for the activity; however, the materials or content will come from the activity itself. The teacher and student can use phrasebooks and websites to find useful vocabulary/phrases and real/realistic background information. Task Description Consider a task that you may need to do in the near future. For example, you are at a café or bar; choose the food and drink you want and then order it. Initial Task Use an online menu to choose your favorite snacks and drinks. You can look for cafes/bars in a location where your target language is spoken. Here is an example from two cafés in Boulder… • http://www.thecupboulder.com/menu/ • http://foolishcraigs.com/page/1913q/Menus/Lunch.html Simulation Activity (in-class) Prepare the phrases and words you will need for this simulation. Then practice or “role-play” the situation in-class. Consider these questions or mini dialogues … • Customer o Saying hello o Asking for the menu o Ordering drinks/snacks o Asking for the bathroom (perhaps use a floor plan… http://tinyurl.com/37pzjzx) o Asking about smoking areas or for an ashtray o Asking to pay o Paying o Saying thank you and good bye • Barista/waiter o Saying hello o Giving the menu o Asking what kind of coffee/tea  Large/small  Coffee types  Hot/cold o Giving the bill or simply saying the amount owed o Saying thank you and good bye The following resources may be useful… • www.smartphrase.com • Google Translator • Phrasebooks: paper-based (physical) or iPhone app Taking it Further The simulation can be extended in class to include more complex situations. • the café does not have the item on the menu • the tea/coffee/food is not hot • some cutlery/silverware is dirty • you don’t know the café’s Wi-Fi password • the café’s Wi-Fi is not working – ask if they can reset the modem Discussing the topic A more general conversation about the topic will help to reuse the new words and phrases. Discuss what you like/dislike about cafés. Consider the following questions… • How often do you go to cafés? When do you go? • What do you do in cafés (read the newspaper, meet a friend, work)? • Do you always go to the same place? Why? • What do you look for when choosing a café? Visit http://www.avatarlanguages.com/teaching/guide.php for further resources. Avatar Languages Page We are an online language school offering private classes in English, Spanish and other languages. 1/1 Find out more about our innovative teaching at www.avatarlanguages.com

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