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High school students (grades 9-12) in German language classes use their foreign language to visit Internet sites to learn about practices and products of two Austrian states, communicate with each other about the differences between Austrian culture and their own, and draw comparisons between their lives and the lives of typical Austrians.
The foreign language teacher identifies several Internet resource sites about two chosen Austrian states. The students visit these sites, which have interactive pre- and post-exercises in German. They also explore other websites to learn about the Austrian states’ geography, camping and outdoor activities, culture, tourism, and youth hostel system. Students interact in classroom learning activities to gain the necessary language to conduct the project.
To present what they have learned and make their comparisons, the students work in small groups to create a diary, travelogue, or an itinerary for a short visit to one of the places they learned about through the Internet exercise. All of the discussion is done in German, and the group project is in German. Students will present their project to their foreign language class. (These activities meet Foreign Language Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, and 4.2.)
International Society for Technology in Education. (2000). National educational technology standards for students – Connecting curriculum and technology, pp. 90-91. Eugene, OR: Author.