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*reality of function - students suspend their disbelief and act as though the simulation was real
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*simulated environment - students function realistically, but in an unreal environment
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*'''simulated environment''' - students function realistically, but in an unreal environment
*structure - students have a series of tasks that become increasingly demanding
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Revision as of 13:27, 8 May 2009

What is a Global Simulation?

A Global Simulation is a task-based approach to teaching language, developed in France, that places students in the center of the world of the target culture for an extended period of time (usually a semester). Through the use of authentic materials and activities, learners become immersed in the culture virtually. Global Simulations are built around a premise or situation, e.g., living in a U.S. dormitory or working at the Smithsonian museum. Learners complete tasks that may contribute to a final project that wraps up the simulation.

Three key components of a Global Simulation:

  • reality of function - students suspend their disbelief and act as though the simulation was real
  • simulated environment - students function realistically, but in an unreal environment
  • structure - students have a series of tasks that become increasingly demanding


Where can I find out more about Global Simulations?

Educating Global Citizens through Global Simulation - listen to Beatrice Dupuy at the University of Arizona talk about implementing Global Simulations in Russian and Turkish language classrooms

Global Simulation in Russian - visit the website of the Russian Global Simulation at the University of Arizona

A Global Simulation Intermediate-Advanced Russian Instructor Resource Manual - read a detailed manual about the Global Simulation project at University of Arizona

Le cirque: A Global Simulation - learn about the French Global Simulation at the Language Academy in San Diego

Global Simulation. Project Director: Beatrice Dupuy. Selected Bibliography - investigate academic resources on Global Simulations

The Building: An Adaptation of Francis Debyser's Writing Project. A Global Simulation to Teach Language and Culture - read about the process of designing and implementing a Global Simulation