Conservation & Community Based Tourism
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Scholars read a description of a home and follow instructions to navigate the map of a neighborhood in a target language city. In an unscripted conversation, pairs compare the features of their neighborhoods and describe their homes. Scholars then research, design and publish an annotated online map for a city of their choice, highlighting must-see locations for their readers.
Scholars discover the tourist attractions of a target language country through brochures, videos and travel websites in Spanish/French. Working in groups, they choose a country to research and prepare a travel brochure advertising its attractions. Finally, scholars simulate a visit to a travel agency and, using their brochures and knowledge gained from their research, try to convince a potential traveler to book a trip.
Scholars examine text and audio sources presenting the pros and cons of community based tourism and conduct their own research into its effects on the people and environment of target language countries. They then engage in a structured debate on the question “Do the benefits of community based tourism outweigh its negative effects?” Scholars use what they have learned to create an infographic promoting the benefits of one form of tourism.
Below are examples of exemplary student work. Click each photo to enlarge.
This McAuliffe scholar created a custom Google map of Framingham for an audience of French-speaking tourists. The map features must-see locations in the city, accompanied by pictures and descriptions written by the scholar.