Little travel world

Course introductions

Welcome to our little travel world! This online course aims to help travel lovers to be well-prepared and well-behaved to deal with different situations in a polite way before traveling abroad. I know, you are really interested in traveling to another country to experience different cultures, but may feel difficult in communicating efficiently with local people and understanding the local culture. If this is the case, you are in the right class!

The course is lower-intermediate level. You will be provided with authentic materials such as video clips to learn the language that is used outside the classroom. You can also experience online collaboration tools by using wiki and second life. You need to keep a class reflective e-portfolio to document your achievement and track your learning process.

Target learners

Any travel lovers who want to improve their traveling English.

Any travel lovers who want to improve their collaborative skills.

Any travel lovers who want to improve their self-learning skills.

Ant travel lovers who want to learn polite English.

Learning outcome

By the end of the class, you will be able to:

Communicate with people in a foreign country in different situations,

Improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills,

Improve teamwork skills, self-learning skills, reflective skills

Raise your awareness of politeness when handling unexpected situation in a foreign country.

Structure of the course

Lesson

Course content

Date

Preparing this before starting your course

Pre-course survey

30 April--- 6 May

Essential information

Self-introduction

Lesson 1

Well-prepared at home

7 May--- 13 May

Lesson 2

Complaining in a polite way

14 May---20 May

Lesson 3

Ordering international food

21 May---27 May

Mid-term evaluation

formative evaluation

28 May---3 June

Lesson 4

Accommodation

28 May---3 June

Lesson 5

Tourist attractions

4 June---10 June

Lesson 6

Transport

11 June---17 June

Lesson 7

Festival

18 June---24 June

Lesson 8

Shopping

25 June---1 July

Final evaluation

Course evaluation

2 July---12 July

 

Pre-course survey(with content) starting from 30 April 2018 to 6 May 2018

Pre-course survey

CEFR self assessment grid

This grid demonstrates different English proficiency level of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can use this checklist to access your current level. (resources is from Council of Europe, retrieved from https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=090000168045bb52 )

CEFR self accessment grid

Survey

This pre-course survey only takes you three or four minutes and will really help you to identify whether this is the right course for you! This survey is also useful for use to identify your current needs and make some improvement during this learning period.

Here is a link of our pre-course survey, just  click here (Your responses are completely anonymous!)

Thanks so much!


Do you find the pre-course survey is useful?

Essential information!!!(with content) starting from 30 April 2018 to 6 May 2018

Essential information

Discussion forum 

This forum provides you with opportunities to post your questions. This means that you need to critically reflect on each class activity (eg. video, readings, discussion) and write down everything you feel struggle with on our course wiki discussion forum page (click here).You can also see your classmates' questions and if you know the answer, please explain to them, which can also help reinforce your learned knowledge. I hope you could help each others with their confusing questions and work it out together. 

You need to check these discussion forum at least twice a week. At the end of each week, I will see all the questions you post online and answer all the lingering questions (questions you cannot figure out by yourselves).

Peer feedback

In many of the tasks in the lesson, you are encouraged to give peer feedback to others. This means that you need to check others' work and offer some constructive feedback or suggestions to them. There is a video for the importance of the peer feedback.

E-portfolio

The e-portfolio I encourage you to use is called 'Pebblepad', where you can upload any file, and write your reflective diaries there. It is quiet useful for you to keep an e-portfolio for self-assessment of each lesson. In this way, you can achieve better learning outcome by critically think of each lesson, either contents you have learnt, or certain points you find quite challenging. Here is a link for 'pebbledpad': https://www.pebblepad.co.uk . Please follow the registration instruction and sign up for trial.

The PDF below is to help you to write your portfolios. You can refer to this self-assessment guideline after each lesson and help your critical reflection.

Self-assessment guideline

Introduction: How to get access to our course wiki

In this online course, the main platform you will use is wiki, where you can create a site and share your ideas with others. Let me introduce to you how to set up a new wiki account.

Step 1: go to http://www.pbworks.com and click the button 'get started' for registration  

Step 2: confirm the received email and login in again to locate in the wiki page.

Step 3: click 'create the workspace' and choose ' basic FREE' .

Step4: you got a wiki account!!! Don't forget to ask for access for our course wiki (here is a link to access our wiki: click here )

You can also choose to watch the video below.

The introduction: How to start 'second life'

The video below is a brief introduction of Second life, which are the main platform you are going to use in this online course. You can follow the instructions to register your own account.

The PDF below is scree shorts about how to use communication tools in second life and address some potential problems.

SL screen short

If you have any problem to use these platforms, don't hesitate to contact me by email or put your questions on our discussion forum. Each lesson would take long time, and therefore, you can click the green button 'take a break' to have a rest for excellent e-learning experience.


What do you think of this part?

Introduce you-self and find your partners!(with content) starting from 30 April 2018 to 6 May 2018

Self-introduction + finding your partners

Self-introduction

The introduction should contain your basic information such as age, gender, hobbies and also your top three dream countries/cities (rank them from top one to top three). Please leave all this information in our course wiki (self-introduction page, click here )

What do you think of this session?

Lesson 1: be well-prepared at home (with content) starting from 7 May 2018 to 13 May 2018

Be well-prepared at home

Lesson guidance

warm-up discussion➡️➡️essential videos(1 listening quiz)➡️➡️additional videos➡️➡️ video discussion ➡️➡️collaborative task (with your group members who you find in the last section) ➡️➡️relevant vocabulary and grammar

This lesson aims to help you well-prepared when you at home and raise your awareness of safe and environmental-friendly traveling.

Before undertaking the main task, you need to do...

Warm-up discussion: What do you think you need to do before traveling? Discuss this in our course wiki (lesson 1 warm-up discussion page, click here ). You are welcome to check other’s people answer and it would be appreciative for you to make comments on others’ ideas.

Essential video: Watch to the video below carefully and find out what tips they've mentioned about preparing for your luggage. You don't need to understand every word they say, and just get the main idea of the videos. Then you need to do a  comprehension quiz about it.

NB: If you feel the speed is really fast, you can change it to 0.75 or 0.5 (by clicking the setting 'button' at the bottom and then 'speed'). If you need any subtitles, please turn on it from the bottom right corner of your screen. 

Listening comprehension quiz click here

NB: If your score is below 90%, you need to watch the video again to check your understanding. If you feel difficult to understand the whole video, turn on the subtitles and look difficult words into a dictionary. (Here is a link of a recommended dictionary: OALD )

2 additional videos (You can choose one of the two and both)

Watch the following video carefully. You don't need to understand every word they say, and just get the main idea of the videos. 

NB: If you feel the speed is really fast, you can change it to 0.75 or 0.5 (by clicking the setting 'button' at the bottom and then 'speed'). If you need any subtitles, please turn on it from the bottom right corner of your screen. 

Discussion

After watching the three videos, do you agree with what they say in the videos? Leave your comments on our course wiki (video discussion page, click here ).

Exploring booking website

Before you check in at a hotel, it is important and necessary for you as a customer to book in advance. There are different words to describe the room types and flight tickets. Click the flip card to explore these words by yourself (when you click this page, you need to scroll down and flip each picture to know the word). Then you need to go to booking to explore how to book rooms and flight tickets. Here is the link for flip card: 

Main task

Your group members and you decide to go abroad for traveling after three-months' hard work. Therefore, you need to discuss with them about travel plan. Your group have a limited budget, which is 3000 pounds only. You need to decide and negotiate appropriate time to go and 'book' tickets and rooms for your group, and decide the most important thing your groups want to bring (the maximum number is ten). 

You need to go to Second life to communicate and negotiate with each other about your group trip plan. Here are some recommended locations: Hollywood airport (if this link doesn't work, you can click 'word' at the top of your screen and choose 'world map' to change your current location to 237 140 23) Open Latte Cafe (177 202 30)Travel club (80 129 3783). You can also locate at whatever places you prefer (instructions: when you log in second life, you can press Ctrl+F and then type whatever places you want to go. After clicking 'teleport', you can go there immediately).

After making the final decision, don't forget to present the results on our course wiki (click here). You should also give the reasons why you want to bring that. Each of you need to comment on others’ plans, which can be seen as peer evaluation. When deciding the list, you need to take care about the rules of different countries, as they (in the first video) mentioned, some kind of food or stuff are not allowed to bring in certain countries. Do a lot of research, please!

⚠️This plan should be submitted before 7 May 12 noon.

At the end of this week, I would provide general feedback(formative assessment) for your task.

Language focus

A. Useful vocabularies: (here is a link for  Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary  if you have any questions about pronunciation or meaning about the word, you can refer to this dictionary, which is really useful)

Thing you might need to bring

Clothing: T-shirt, cardigan, hoodie, jeans, tights, shirts, pair of shorts.

Drinks: bottled water, water purifier

Reading: travel journal, maps, e-books

Staying clean: laundry soap bar, dry shampoo, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste

Souvenires: postcards

Important items: passport, wallet, purse (cash/card)

Electronics: laptops, Ipad, (universal) adaptor, flashlight, portable charger, kindle, headphone

Reusables: coffee mugs, water bottle, cutlery, reusable food containers, cloth bag

Staying healthy: medicine

Room type

single room, double room, twin room, family room.

pay noting 不用付款

free cancellation 免费取消

tax receipt 发票

Flight type

first class, business, economic class

Trip

round trip, one-way trip

B. Useful sentences

I want to/ I hope to/I would like to+ verb

eg. I want to bring my water jug because it is more environmentally.

I hope to bring the hard copy of this book if my luggage is not heavy.

I would like to bring my laptop because I have a lot of work to do during the journey.

Try to make your own sentence using the sentence structure offered,

Reflection

You need to think of today's lesson carefully. If you have anything that you don't understand, write it here 

What do you think of this lesson? (in terms of course materials, task difficulty, etc)

Lesson 2: Complaining politely when traveling abroad (with content) starting from 14 May 2018 to 20 May 2018

Behaving and complaining politely when traveling abroad

Lesson guidence

warm-up discussion ➡️➡️essential videos ➡️➡️discussing related questions ➡️➡️collaborative writing ➡️➡️grammar ➡️➡️raise awareness of politeness

When you arrive your destination, not everything you find is as good as what you expected. How would you do if something unexpected happen?

Before doing the main task, you need to...

1. Warm-up discussion: 

Have you ever experienced something unhappy when traveling? (e.g. at the airport--you may need to refer the course content in lesson 1) Discuss one of your worst experience during traveling no matter whether it happened in your homeland or in a foreign country. Write your experience in our course wiki (warm-up discussion lesson 2 

Then you need to read other people’s writing and also make comments. 

2. Watch the following video (from 0.42' to 4.12') and spot all the unprofessional items or actions, and leave your comments on our course wiki (pre-task 2 lesson 2 pages, click here ).Then you need to go to Second life to discuss how you would handle this situation in your groups of five (e.g. how you complain) and present the results here.

You and your group members can locate at anywhere you want (you can click 'world'. which is at the top of your screen and then choose word map to check your current location. You can also press Ctrl+F and type the places you want to go, click 'teleport', and you can go to that place. After the first lesson, I think you might be much more familiar with this platform.)

NB: If you feel the speed is really fast, you can change it to 0.75 or 0.5 (by clicking the setting 'button' at the bottom and then 'speed'). If you need any subtitles, please turn on it from the bottom right corner of your screen.

Task cycle: collaborative writing

Sometimes when you verbally complain to someone in the front desk or in a restaurant, it doesn’t work and consequently, it is necessary for you to write a compliant letter. Before writing, you may need to refer to the following PDF (formulaic address) to see what address need to use to show your politeness (being polite need to be given high priority even when you are complaining!) 

When undertaking the task, you need to first go to second life and settle the place in a restaurant or hotel etc. and negotiate with your partners about who would do part 1 (stating the problem), part 2 (expressing your feelings), part 3 (asking for action). Secondly,  you write your own part on course wiki (click here )

NB: You cannot just write 2 or 3 sentences. You need to expand what you've learnt from that video.

Here are some recommended locations Virtual Chelsea Hotel (if this link doesn't work, you can choose world map and change your current location to 99 165 105) Ritha's hotel (56 51 103). Grand hotel de Bouillon (209 157 22) The terrace restaurant  (67 194 41)

After finishing your group's writing, I strongly suggest you to read other groups' complaint letter and make some comments to provide constructive feedback (generates formative assessment.) for your classmates, which is helpful for your own writing skills and complaining skills. You can refer to IELTS writing band guidelines when marking others' work. This resource is retrieved from British Council, university of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations, https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/IELTS_task_2_Writing_band_descriptors.pdf )

⚠️This complaint letter should be submitted before 14 May 12 noon.

At the end of this week, I would provide general feedback (formative assessment) for your task.

formulaic address in email

IELTS_task_2_Writing_band_descriptors

Post-task: language focus

A. Grammar: past tense

During your collaborating writing task, you might come across some problems about simple past tense an past perfect tense, let me help with this.

1. simple past: regular -ed verbs/ irregular verbs (using the words you have learned in lesson 1)

simple past usually refers to something happened in the past.

eg. I wake up at 6 yesterday in the morning.

I came up with a new travel plan this afternoon.

The manager received ten complaint letters this morning and felt sad about their customer service.

I found that I lost my passport when I arrived at the airport.

I forgot to bring my laundry soap bar when I arrived at the hotel.

2. past perfect: had+past participle (third tense of the verb)

It refers to that one event happened before another in the past.

Event A                                                                                   Event B

I had saved my assignment                                           before my laptop crashed

I had finished my breakfast                                           before my husband wake up

Event B                                                                                   Event A

When they arrived at the airport                                   the tour guide had already booked a taxi for them

I felt very tired                                                                     because I hadn't sleep well 

B. raise you awareness of being polite

when you travel in a foreign country, it it quite necessary for you to get familiar with the target culture, which is help for you behave well

Here is an additional video (If you have enough time, I advise you to watch it) 

C. Ways to complain politely 

Watch the following video about the way to express your annoyance in a polite way.

NB: If you feel the speed is really fast, you can change it to 0.75 or 0.5 (by clicking the setting 'button' at the bottom and then 'speed'). If you need any subtitles, please turn on it from the bottom right corner of your screen.

Reflection

You need to think of today's lesson carefully. If you have anything that you don't understand, write it here 

What do you think of this lesson? (in terms of course materials, task difficulty, etc)

Lesson 3: ordering international food(with content) Starting from 21 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Ordering international food

Lesson guidance 

warm-up discussion ➡️➡️essential videos ➡️➡️additional videos ➡️➡️group work ➡️➡️grammar

Welcome to our lesson 3! 😊 At this point, are skillful at using wiki and second life? Do you feel confident to deal with different situations?Think about these questions. In this lesson, you got the chance to know local food and how to order it in a polite way!

Before doing group work, you need to do...

1.Warm-up discussion: Have you ever tried different foreign food in your homeland? Which one is your favorite? Why? Write your favorite foreign food in our course wiki (warm-up discussion 3 lesson 3 page, click here )

2.  Imagine that you will go to your dream country in the near future, which food you want to try? List international food in our course wiki (pre-task 2 lesson 3 page, click here )

NB: If you don’t know how to speak it in English, just click here (this is a translation tool). You need to be careful to use this because sometimes the words or sentences it translates for you is not accurate. Therefore, you can also refer to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary  (an authoritative dictionary) to check its accuracy. 

3. Watch the following video 'what the world eat for breakfast?'. Then discuss this in the wiki: what do you agree and disagree with the video? Is that all true? Search for more information from Google , and make your arguments in the wiki (pre-task 3 lesson 3, click here )

NB: If you feel the speed is really fast, you can change it to 0.75 or 0.5 (by clicking the setting 'button' at the bottom and then 'speed'). If you need any subtitles, please turn on it from the bottom right corner of your screen.

2 additional videos (You can choose to watch only one video from these two)

The following are two additional videos. One is about street food, another is about Christmas food.

If you feel the speed is really fast, you can change it to 0.75 or 0.5 (by clicking the setting 'button' at the bottom and then 'speed'). If you need any subtitles, please turn on it from the bottom right corner of your screen.

Main task

A Chinese family (2 parents, 3 children and 1 grandfather) wants to travel around the world for one month during next spring holiday in 2019. They hope to experience all those well-known tasty food. Could you help them to decide their menu? You and your group members need to go to second life and settle in a restaurant to discuss the menu and help them to order the food. During the role play, you need to video record it and  present this conversation of ordering food on our course wiki page (click here).

Here are some recommended restaurants in second life Seaside restaurant (if this link doesn't work, you can chose World map and change your current location to 16 241 26), Bella bistro restaurant (if this link doesn't work, you can chose World map and change your current location to 212 219 24) Love & Harmony restaurant (237 50 23).

 When you finish your group work, you need to watch others' videos and provide formative feedback for them. (The same kind of formative assessment as what you did in lesson 2. However, you need to refer to IELTS speaking band guideline below, which is retrieved from British Council, university of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations, https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/IELTS_Speaking_band_descriptors.pdf ).

⚠️This menu and videos should be submitted before 21 May 12 noon.

At the end of this week, I would provide general feedback (formative assessment) for your task.

IELTS_Speaking_band_descriptors

Language focus

A. How to order a food (You can also refer to the following video clips)

three parts: starters, main course, dessert

When you enter the restaurant:

I would like to have a table for 2 (for how many people).

I have a reservation in the name of...

When you order the food:

I would like to have..(more formal and polite)./ I will have

What do you recommend?

Do you have any specials?

I will take that.

Excuse me, please.

Could we also have...

When you pay the bill:

The food is delicious.

The food is cold. It doesn't taste right. Could you replace it, please?

Could I have the bill, please?

B. Raise your awareness of politeness

A quiz to assess what you have achieved today! click here 

Reflection

You need to think of today's lesson carefully. If you have anything that you don't understand, write it here 

What do you think of this lesson? (in terms of course materials, task difficulty, etc)

Mid-term course formative evaluation(with content) Starting from 28 May 2018 to 3 June 2018

Mid-term course formative evaluation

Formatove evaluation

It is quite important for us to know what do you think of this online course, such as what works well, what does not, what problem that need to be solved. We would appreciate that you could leave your comments here and therefore we can make corresponding changes to help you achieve better learning outcomes. Just click here to complete our online survey.

Your responses are completely anonymous! This will not have an influence on your grade in this online course.

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Lesson 4: Accommodation (starting from 28 May 2018 to 3 June 2018)

Accommodation

Lesson 5: Tourist attractions (starting from 4 June 2018 to 10 June 2018)

Tourist attractions

Lesson 6: Transport (starting from 11 June 2018 to 17 June 2018)

Transport

Lesson7: Festival (starting from 18 June 2018 to 24 June 2018)

Festival

Lesson 8: Shopping starting from 25 June 2018 to 1 July 2018)

Shopping

Course evaluation(with content) starting from 2 July 2018 to 12 July 2018)

Course evaluation

We need your feedback

What do you think of this online course? Is it useful or not? We really need your feedback and we would appreciate if you could complete the survey. Just click here   

Your responses are completely anonymous! This will not have an influence on your grade in this online course.

Do you like this part?

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  • I am not sure.