The Local Scoop: Engaging Russian Tourists in Visits to Singapore by Amanda Lerner

created on Oct 15, 2017 modified on Oct 28, 2017 05:39


This 10-week project was designed for Russian First Year, Second Semester learners with Intermediate Low proficiency. The learners are enrolled in a YIL1202R (Beginning Russian 2) in a 4-year program at a Yale-NUS College in a Urban Singapore setting, although our class meets via teledistance. The course meets 3 times per week for two sessions of ninety minutes, one section of sixty minutes, and a sixty-minute session with a local language tutor each week. The students designed tourism materials for Russian tourists staying at the Pan-Pacific Singapore hotel.

National Foreign Language Resource Center
Oct. 28, 2017

Language: Russian

Subject Area(s): travel, traditions, the environment, society, restaurant, national identity, geography, entertainment, economy, creativity, communities, values

Instructional Context

Heritage Learners:

Audience Location:
In and around the Pan-Pacific Singapore Hotel.

Target Audience Description:
The target audience for this project are Russian tourists staying at the Pan-Pacific Singapore hotel. With the help of the Senior Marketing Communication Manager at the hotel, the materials that the students create will be distributed to the guests of the hotel in their rooms. Students will visit the hotel to meet with the staff in November and gather information on the demographics of the Russian tourists who stay at the hotel.

Product Target Culture:
The students will be targeting Russian culture by taking into consideration Russian cultural travel norms.

Product Description:
The students have decided that the best format for their tourist materials is a large map with pop-out text boxes describing the locations they have chosen. The map will be presented in the form of a tri-fold pamphlet.

Audience Role:
The audience will use the materials to explore a more local-centric side to Singapore

Language Proficiency

ILR Scale Writing:

ILR Scale Reading:
2 3

ILR Scale Listening:
1 2 3

ILR Scale Speaking:
1 2 3 4

ILR Scale Writing:
1 2

ILR Scale Reading:

ACTFL Scale:
2 4 5 6

World Readiness Standards

Acquiring Information and Diverse Perspectives

Relating Cultural Products to Perspectives
Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives


Lifelong Learning
School and Global

Cultural comparisons

Making Connections

21st Century Skills

Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Interdisciplinary Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

Information, Media, and Technology Skills
Technology Literacy
Media Literacy
Information Literacy
Creativity and Innovation

Life and Career Skills
Leadership and responsibility
Productivity and Accountability
Social and Cross Cultural Skills
Initiative and Self-Direction
Flexibility and adaptability

Interdisciplinary Themes
Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy

Project Sequence Overview

Preparing for the Project

1. What do you like about your city? - A short essay homework assigned before a week before the entry event. more detail

Launching the Project

1. Showing off Singapore! - Entry Event - This task was the real entry event into the project. more detail

Managing the Project

1. Field Trip to Pan-Pacific Preparation - Preparing students to take full advantage of a field trip to the Pan-Pacific Singapore Hotel. more detail

2. Interview a Russian speaker - Interviewing Russians to understand what they look for when they travel. more detail


1. Assessment - Self and Teacher - How students will assess their own project, and how I will assess it. more detail