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Unit 19: Virtual voyage

Day two: Netiquette


  • Students will discuss the proper use of the Internet.
  • Students will research and read information on traveling to a country where the target language is spoken.
  • Students will begin planning a trip to that country.
  • Students will work together with classmates in a team.
  • Students will be able to communicate in paragraphs and strings of paragraphs, with minor grammatical or syntactical errors.

Setting the Stage (5 minutes)

Teacher has written the following on the board, in the target language.

Traps and Dangers of the Internet

  • Hackers
  • Predators
  • Dating services
  • News channels
  • Advertisements
  • Free - free - free

Teacher encourages students to talk about their reactions to this material with classmates sitting near them.

Input (10 minutes)

Teacher leads a brainstorming session with the students on their reactions to the above phrase. Teacher writes students' reactions on board in front of room.

Teacher encourages students to give examples of people who have been victimized by those or similar Internet "traps."

Guided Practice (10 minutes)

Students, as a whole class, discuss the following statements. Teacher has written the statements on the board. Students are to tell whether they agree or disagree with the statements and explain their response. Teacher moderates this discussion and provides suggestions for proper "Netiquette."

  1. Parents should always be present when their children are surfing the Internet.
  2. Never provide your email address on the Internet.
  3. Use a free internet email address when writing to people you do not know.
  4. Save a document to file often while using or writing this document.
  5. Never ever attach your personal photograph to an email.
  6. Subscribe to a computer safety service to protect your computer from viruses.
  7. Invite someone you have "met" online to your home as soon as you feel you know him or her well.
  8. It is okay to download files and programs from the Internet.
  9. It is okay to use your real name online.
  10. Encourage your younger friends or brothers and sisters to go explore the Internet.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Students, in pairs, read and discuss the ten commandments of Netiquette.

Students, in pairs, write 5 more such commandments.

Closure (15 minutes)

Teacher has planned ahead to create teams of 5 students. Teacher balances each team with 1 or 2 strong students, 1 struggling student, and 2 to 3 middle-range students.

Teacher places the students in their teams. Teacher instructs students to begin brainstorming their plans for the Unit Projects.

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