Assignment: From Our Correspondent

Create a travel report from a foreign country, in the language of that country.

 

This was created by Japanese students learning English. They were asked to prepare a one minute talk in the past tense on a trip to a foreign country. This was recorded and then added into MS.

 

Suggested techniques

Talk through a series of photographs or videos explaining what they show. Add in more personal information such as whether you liked it and why it was interesting - or not!

You could focus on many different aspects, such as social issues, tourist attractions, history, geography, culture, food, or more personal experiences.

Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you're saying.

Add appropriate background music to create atmosphere.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This helps students develop language skills relevant to foreign travel.
  • Students are encouraged to find out something about the country.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.

Suitability

  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Languages

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