Suzanne Franks, PhD
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ESL Pronunciation & International TA Coordinator
MA TESL Faculty
Department of Linguistics
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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I'm assuming this student will be teaching in K-12 classroom learning environment---when she's done with the program. I would ask this question: If she is taking an elective class, how much credit is an elective class---if taken at her home campus. The expectation should be adequate to the course/elective requirement---so not to go over-the-top with the required work she has to do. Some elective courses require more than 3 graduate credits to satisfy a TESOL Program requirements---though most courses would normally have a minimum of 3 credits per class---with a much higher graduate credit tuition fees.
If the program expectations would be based solely on her travel experience---the required work should also be equal to about her travel. Thus, a more appropriate course preparation---might be keeping a folio of places she went to, (i.e., taking pictures of exotic places; visiting a museum gallery; restaurants; people she had met; music & theater; public schools; popular tourists sightseeing places; her hotel accommodation; culture & religion, etc). In retrospect, if the student is to satisfy an intellectually challenging course requirement where mental work is usually likely---then it is expected she will be taking exams and must pass the class and provide her final grades back to her home campus. An essay written reflective paper would be inadequate for this requirement and I probably would not ask her to design a lesson-plan---as she won't be satisfying an academic part of the program, but an elective.
It appears many colleagues have already responded to this post with some wonderful ideas---I would use their input without skepticism. Where is this student going to travel to satisfy this elective requirement? Does she have to satisfy the intellectual side of her program? Notice the two divergence of the requirements---this student has to meet.=======MerriLee LeonardM.A.Ed., TESLESL Adjunct FacultyNorthern Virginia Community CollegeU.S.A.=======