- Describe the general terms of the arrengement, i.e.: country, age and academic level of students, length of the stay, who is visiting who this time, and any other detail you may consider relevant.
Based in our experience, we have created the following situation, terms and conditions for the Exchange program of a high school in Valencia (Spain) and a high school in Bremen (Germany). The German students will visit Valencia during the month of November. The Spanish students will visit Bremen in February.
- The students must be studying third or fourth year of compulsory secondary school.
- Their English level must range between an A2.2 and a B1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.
- The trip to the other country will last 7 days.
- During their journey, they will be accompanied by a teacher from the school.
- Once they arrive in their host families, the teacher will remain distant but available in case they need some help.
- During their stay:
- They will be taken in by one of the students in the school (sexes are not taken into account)
- They will attend school as normal students during the 5 teaching days.
- The remaining time must be spent with the student to which they have been associated.
- English must be spoken all times, however, other languages in common can also be used.
- They must keep a diary (written in English) where they will narrate their experience. It will be handed in to the teacher when the exchange will be finished.
These terms and conditions are applicable in both stays. If any of these was not successfully achieved, teachers would study the case and may deny the student continuing in the programme.
2- How would you prepare your students prior to the visit, bearing in mind the above set of conditions.
In regard to the language, the classes before their stay will focus more on the listening and speaking skills. These are different activities that the teacher may carry out:
- Hand-outs using common expressions and sentences in the everyday conversations
- Activities including some vocabulary used in the daily life of a school and a house
- Listening activities in which German speakers talk about different issues
- Practice possible conversations that may occur during their stay
In regard to the culture, the teacher will work on reading and listening activities in which German culture facts appear. If necessary, they will be fully explained by the teacher, and compared to the Spanish culture.
In regard to the norms, they will be reviewed the days before their left so as to let them know what they are allowed to do and how they must behave with their associated student.
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