Audience: Year 12
Submitted by: Louise Godfrey
YouTube videos about the experiences and reactions of an exchange student in Italy.
- Read and view articles and websites about Italian schools.
- Use the Intercultural Communication Question Cards to interrogate the videos and their underlying assumptions from the point of view of the Intercultural Communication skills of observes, respects, reflects, inquires and empathises.
- Start a discussion about the similarities and differences between the Australian and Italian school system. In small groups students can use a Venn diagram to organise their ideas and record their group's response.
- Commence an open discussion about which system works best and encourage students to explain why. Use a PMI to organise responses. Ask students to do further research using the Inquires question card set.
- Ask the students which system they would prefer and why? Which system would suit different groups of people, e.g. families, single parents, long-distance commuters, part-time workers, etc. Students can devise a proposal for an ideal weekly timetable (for language students, Italian language will be incorporated).
- Ask students to imagine how you would deal with a challenging situation while on exchange - for example an interpersonal problem.
- Create role plays where a new foreign student (perhaps from Italy – students studying Italian can use their language skills) arrives at their school in Australia. Present a dialogue where they encourage the new student to join them for some activities on the weekend.