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Virtual Tour of Ecuador Scott Wilkolaski Fulbright Seminar 2005

Objectives: Introduce students to Ecuador Build Spanish vocabulary incorporating a selection of activities Complete meaningful tasks in the target language Understand certain facets of Ecuadorian society, culture and biodiversity

Tasks:

Students will embark upon a virtual tour of a lifetime. During this trip,

students will “visit” Ecuador and be introduced to a multitude of flora, fauna, people

and traditions. Because Ecuador enjoys such diversity, culturally and

geographically, students will enjoy the differences and richness among the

landscapes and peoples. From the highlands to the coast, from the Galápagos

Islands to the Oriente, each student will be exposed to numerous customs, the

Spanish language, culture and animals from the center of the Earth. As they

participate in this virtual journey, they will complete a wide array of activities,

expanding their Spanish language skills, as well as gleaning information about

Ecuador and the world.

This is an experience of a lifetime. There is no set amount of time to

complete this activity, nor are these lessons and ideas set in stone. The virtual tour

has the flexibility to be as short or as long as desired. My students are first-year

language learners in sixth grade. The following tasks can be explored in great depth

at advanced grade levels. The level of vocabulary and detail can develop greatly from

grade to grade. While each of these activities take place in the foreign language

classroom, they encompass other disciplines, such as science, English, art and

geography to name just a few.

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