Two new students from different countries have just immigrated to Canada and will soon be joining your class. Your teacher has asked you to be a volunteer to be their buddy; that is, you will help the new students get familiar with their new school by welcoming the students, showing them around, being their guide and offering to help. The new students will arrive in a couple of weeks and because they don’t know much English/French yet, it would be nice if you could also learn a few words in the new students’ languages so they can feel more welcome.
You see a poster for an upcoming pow wow in your community, and you would really like to attend. You send a text to one of your good friends to see if they’d like to come with you. Your friend has never been to a powwow before, but they respond that they’d love to join you and that they are excited to experience it for the first time. Make detailed arrangements to meet with your friend at the powwow, letting them know the day, the time, and what they need to bring with them.On the night of the pow wow, send a text once you arrive to let your friend know the exact location where you’ll be waiting. Once your friend arrives, s/he has many questions about what is happening, so you will need to act as the guide. You will walk your friend through the pow wow, explaining the different activities/objects you see (e.g. singing, cooking, dancing) and pointing out your favourite things (e.g. the beautiful rings). When you return home, your friend sends you an email to thank you for the wonderful evening, and to let you know their most memorable parts of their first pow wow.
The preservation of the environment is a critical issue in our lives today. The town in Quebec where your francophone friend Thomas lives wants to be known as a “green municipality”. A Town Hall meeting is being organized in Thomas’ school, and the headmaster has asked the students to decorate the hall with posters illustrating actions that municipalities and their citizens across the world have done to preserve the environment. Unfortunately, Thomas cannot attend the meeting, so he has emailed you to attend on his behalf.
You are hosting an exchange student from another country (e.g., Syria) in your home for 2 months (e.g., during the summer time) and you will meet him/her at the airport. This student is going to your country (Canada) to learn English, but he/she knows very little English. You need to help him/her out by using English and some words in her/his language (e.g., Arabic) so you can communicate. The exchange student is arriving in a few weeks, so you have some time to get in touch with him/her through technology before you two meet face-to-face.
Your cousin has just invited you to attend a March break camp in Quebec. You’ll be staying at your cousin’s house while you both attend the camp. Your parents have told you that the camp must cost less than $350 for the week and should be relatively close to his house in Montreal. It’s already the last week of February, so you and your cousin will have to hurry to make all the necessary preparations. Together, find three camps which you like based on your shared interests, and you will need to compare the camps in order to make your final decision.
You are participating in an exchange program to Germany and you have lost your group after the city tour. Now you are trying to find your way back to the youth hostel, but unfortunately, your cellphone is out of battery. You cannot check online or call a friend. However, you do have a paper map and can ask someone on the street for help.
Imagine you are a student blogger writing for a local language blog here in Edmonton. You are the language expert and the community wants to hear about your experiences learning German. You will interview a friend about their experiences and share what they’ve learned to help others develop new language skills. You’ll then start an online discussion as you read others’ stories and respond to them.
You and a group are competing in the first international audiovisual competition, Huelva Music Video Contest 2018! The theme for this year is ‘ways of feeling in different languages’ and is meant for language learners to recommend songs that have helped them learn new languages. You and your group must present an oral proposal explaining your process and reasons for selecting your songs. A jury will select the videos based on language content, innovation, impact, feasibility, and creativity.
Some parents in your community have complained that their children are too picky with their food. They’re looking for interesting and tasty recipes to try out and have asked your class for help compiling a new community cookbook. You and your classmates have decided to contribute recipes from different cultures and countries around the world. For this task, each student will create one entry in the cookbook based on their family’s favourite recipe. When the cookbook is completed, you will put it all together and bring a copy home to your family.
In order to encourage younger community members to actively appreciate stories, your local library is asking the community to donate some of their favourite childhood fairytales. You take a look through your collection and decide that many of your favourites need to be updated because they are not written in German and do not include any modern morals that would interest the younger generation.
You want to go to the movies with a few friends after school on Friday but you’re having trouble agreeing on the details. Talk to your friends to decide when and where you are going to meet for dinner, what movie you are going to see, and what time it ends. Don’t forget to give directions on how to get from the restaurant to the theatre. You have to be home by 10:00 p.m.
Meet with your friends and discuss/finalize all the necessary arrangements for the evening. Use a map to give directions on how to get to the theatre. Send an e-mail to your cousin to invite him/her to join you and your friends for dinner and the movie, and explain why it would be a great movie to see.