Participating in a travel forum
|You can learn how to use a forum for:
interacting with native speakers;
developing textual awareness;
practising written interaction;
practising language functions such as providing information, giving advice, describing places, talking about experiences;
practising lexical competence and enlarging your vocabulary on "travelling".
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1. Study the following contributions that were posted in a travel forum and find out what are typical elements of such texts. Results will be discussed in class.
Go to the travel forum of the Guide Routard. Collaborate with 1 or 2 colleagues and work out how the forum is structured and how navigation works. You have 10 minutes to browse the forum and choose a message that you would like to answer. -->
Prepare your contribution together with your colleagues. Use the texts you have already studied and other replies in the forum as models.
Exchange your contribution with another group and correct each other's version. Revise your own texts and post them on the forum.
Over the next few days/week, check if there are any reactions to your contribution. These reactions and possible further steps will be discussed in class.
|Some aspects to be considered when using an open online forum in class:
Depending on the topic, different forums attract different target groups, which has a strong influence on the content and the quality of the contributions.
Forums are an opportunity to raise and develop the learners' awareness of language in use.
Public forums are an excellent tool for getting in touch with native speakers that are not necessarily language learners.
Large forums often have a complex structure. Unexperienced users need time to navigate.