Introduction:Oh là là! You have been accepted by the French government to teachEnglish in France for a year! You have been notified about the program andwere told that you can choose any city to live in which you feel you will bemost comfortable. But time is running out! You only have two days to doyour research, find a city and an apartment to live in, and convince yourparents that you’ve made the right decision or your spot in the program willbe taken! The Task:You have been accepted by the French government to teach English inFrance for a year. You will be given a 500-euro-a-week stipend (pay).However, your parents aren’t thrilled about the idea of you being away for ayear on your own. They are worried about you finding a suitable roommate,an affordable apartment, and knowing enough French to get by. This is aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you; thus your goal is to do your“homework” and then prepare a compelling presentation for your parents inFrench convincing them that you’ve made the right decision.Working in pairs, you will prepare a presentation explaining where you willbe living in France, what the apartment you will be living in is like (howmuch it costs, what it looks like, and what it’s near,) and why you feelyou’ve made the best possible choice. You must also explain whatdistinguishes your city and apartment from others you’ve researched.Your presentation may be created in whatever format you prefer: PowerPoint, letter/email, audacity file, etc. Remember: Be creative andconvincing! You only have two days before your spot in the program istaken. Bonne chance!
The Process:Cities in France:The first step to convincing your parents you can survive in France for ayear is to learn more about its cities so you will be able to share yourfindings with them. Use the following links and questions to guide yoursearch. 1. What kind of climate do you prefer? Which cities in France have this climate? Think about some worries your parents may have. Why is climate so important? 2. What kinds of landmarks do you think would be most beneficial to live near? (Restaurants? Tourist attractions? Shopping Centers? Grocery stores? Etc…) Why? 3. What other information could you give to your parents about the city of your choice to prove to them that you’ve made a smart decision? (Think about population, crime rates, public transportation available, etc) http://www.frenchconnections.co.uk/en/guide/city http://www.europelifeofluxury.com/5-must-see-cities-in-france/ http://about-france.com/ http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/visites/menu_FRA.html http://www.indigoguide.com/france/paris-metro.htmApartments in France:The second step to convincing your parents you can survive in France for ayear is to educate yourself about living arrangement options and share yourfindings with them. Again, use the following links and questions to guideyour search. 1. How much money can you afford to spend on rent if paid 500 euros a week? Think about/factor in possible food costs, public transportation costs, recreation/travel costs, etc. You will most likely need a
roommate or two to help cut costs in half. What are your plans for finding a roommate? 2. What does your apartment of choice look like? What amenities/comforts does it offer? Is the apartment furnished, or will you have to provide your own furniture? 3. What other information could you give to your parents about the city of your choice to prove to them that you’ve made a smart decision? Again, think about safety. On which floor is your apartment located? In which area of town is your apartment located? ***Convince your parents you have chosen a safe, affordable place to live! http://www.sublet.com/state_rentals/france_rentals.asp http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/france.htm http://sublet.lodgis.com/en/france/ http://www.primelocation.com/international- property/search/path/france/sr/r/t/apartment/* Now that you have finished researching, it is time to organize a convincingpresentation. After you have developed your presentation, you will presentit to your “parents” (aka: Mme Reed and Mlle. Wilson,) and we will decidewhether you will be permitted to accept your offer into the English-teachingprogram. :) See evaluation criteria below for more details!
Evaluation (Peer Grade)Objective: F= 10-12 D= 13-14 C= 15-16 B= 17-18 A= 19-20 ScoreStudents Will… Work co- Contributes to Contributes Contributes Works toward Consistentlyoperatively group to group to group group goals most and actively in pairs. only when with without of the time; works prompted. occasional prompting; usually sensitive toward prompting; shows some toward feelings group goals; participates sensitivity to of others; is sensitive in needed partner; willingly helps toward changes with makes partner identify feelings of occasional needed and make others; helps prompting. changes necessary partner when shown changes. identify and what needs make to be necessary changed. changes.Commun- Occasionally Speaks Speaks Actively speaks Consistently icate in speaks French French when French when French when and actively French when doing doing doing doing research speaks research and research and research and and working French working with working with working with with others; when doing others; does others with others, rarely sometimes research and not prepare some resorting to encourages working presentation in prompting; English; others to speak with others; French. presentation presentation French; always written in written in presentation encourages French, but French, but written in others to contains at contains 7-9 French, but speak least 10 errors. contains 4-6 French; errors. errors. presentation written in French with only 1-3 errors.
Questions Did not use Used Had trouble Had trouble with Worked resources resources with provided well finding provided to provided, but provided resources, but answers to answer didn’t focus resources; still answered all questions questions in on the therefore questions in using “process” assignment unable to “process” provided section; not on enough to answer all section. resources; task. answer all questions in successfully questions in the “process” answered all “process” section. questions in section. “process” section.Creativity Presentation is Presentation Presentation Presentation Presentation unorganized; is written in an written in a clear, written in a listing of rote unorganized; innovative, convincing and clear, facts; no mixture of convincing innovative innovative, pictures; rote facts and manner; very manner; convincing rationale for convincing few pictures; incorporates manner; city and arguments; rationale for some pictures; incorporates apartment no pictures; city and rationale for city many choices not rationale for apartment and apartment pictures; explained. city and choices is at choices is thoroughly apartment times explained, but explains choices only unclear. (6-7 not thoroughly. rationale for vaguely sentences) (8-9 sentences) city and explained. (5 apartment sentences) choices. (10 or more sentences)
Conclusion: Congratulations! You have now completed the research portion of your journey through France. You will soon be presenting your presentation, complete with your findings to your parents in hopes that they will agree to you living in France this coming year. Now that you’ve learned more about France, French life, and the vocabulary that goes along with describing it, I’d like you to take some time to reflect on the assignment. What did you like about the Webquest? What didn’t you like about it? What would you change about the assignment to make it more meaningful to you? Credits:Credit goes to Mindy Reed and Laura Foley for reading and evaluating thisWebquest activity, as well as to Dr. James D. Swartz for teaching me how toproduce a Webquest activity. I would also like to attribute credit to Googleimages for all the pictures which appear in the Webquest and to all thecreators of the websites listed in the “process” section of this assignment.