Problems at the Airport
Title: Problems at the Airport
Focus Age Group: 15 to 18 years
National Standards Goals:
Communication Cultures Connections Comparisons Communities
Interpersonal Interpretive Presentational
NJ Cumulative Progress Indicators:
- 7.1.11 Interact with appropriate responses in limited social settings and basic situations
- 7.1.13 Engage in original and spontaneous conversation in the language studied
- 7.1.14 Organize thoughts into coherent oral speech
Timeframe: One class period of 40 minutes
Description of Task:
You will be assigned one of the attached role-play situations. You will have five minutes to conceptualize and orally develop the role-play with your partner. You are not permitted to write. The presentation must be at least three minutes long. Your presentation may be videotaped.
Materials Needed: Tape recorder / camcorder, role-play situations
Here is the suggested procedure:
- Give all students a class assignment which is to be done while other students are presenting their role-play situations.
- Randomly select pairs of students for the role-play.
- Randomly assign role-play situations to each pair.
- Each pair has five minutes to conceptualize and orally develop the role play.
- After five minutes, all students must stop practicing and separate.
- Pairs of students will be called to the front to present the role-play.
- Other students are doing the class work which was assigned previously.
Prior to doing this activity, students should have been working with airport vocabulary in written and oral work. The first time the students do this type of activity, you may want to extend the time in step 4.These are spontaneous conversations, however, and extended time is not beneficial. It is suggested that you record/videotape the presentations.
- usage of a wide range of vocabulary & structures
- appropriate, logical responses to more difficult communication
- pronunciation does not interfere with communication
- highly creative & interesting
- exceeds minimum time
- concerted effort to use vocabulary & structures
- appropriate, logical responses
- pronunciation may interfere with communication
- attempt at creativity
- meets minimum time
||Does Not Meet Expectations
- minor attempt to use vocabulary & structures
- some appropriate, logical responses
- pronunciation does interfere with communication
- little attempt at creativity
- does not meet minimum time
Adaptations: These role-play situations can be adapted to any of the upper levels.
Carol A. Meulener
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School
West Windsor, NJ 08550
- You have made travel arrangements through a student travel agency to return to the United States from Spain by plane. At the last minute, the agency changes your point of departure from Barcelona to Madrid. This change causes you to arrive late, and you miss your flight. You want your money back. Argue with the agent and find a solution.
- You arrive at the airport and are in line waiting to check in your luggage, but you have forgotten your passport and ticket. The airline will not let you take the flight. Argue with the employee and find a solution.
- You are in the baggage claim area, but your suitcases do not appear. You show the airport employee your baggage claim tickets, but he/she knows nothing about your luggage. Argue with him/her and find a solution.