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									            FAMILY INTERACTION JOURNAL
                     Contents

 Student Information Sheet

 Instruction Sheet & Task Sheet Template

 Time and Task Log

 Conversation Task Sheets

           Personal History
           Leisure Time Activities
           Foods
           Holidays
           Driver’s License
           Dating Practices
           Educational System
           Television
           Government/Current Events

 Project Task Sheets

           Ask for Directions
           Invite for Coffee
           Go to a Movie
           Go Grocery Shopping
           Learn Children’s Songs
           Play a Game
           Attend a Sporting Event
           Visit a School
           Go to Church
           Watch a TV Program
           Share a recipe
           Attend a sporting event
                  STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET
          STUDY-ABROAD RESEARCH PROJECT PARTICIPANT


 NAME:      ____________________________________________________________________

 U.S. ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________________

 EMAIL: __________________________

 CMU DEGREE PROGRAM: ___________________ MAJOR: __________ MINOR:________

 STUDY ABROAD COUNTRY: ___________________ PROGRAM:_____________________

  DATES OF STUDY ABROAD: ___________________________________________________

  TOTAL NUMBER OF WEEKS ABROAD: ________________

  LAST SPANISH COURSE YOU TOOK ON CAMPUS BEFORE STUDY ABROAD:

  ______________________________________________________________________________



  HOST FAMILY NAME: _________________________________________________________

  HOST FAMILY COMPOSITION:

            NAME                              AGE   RELATIONSHIP




C.M.U. PROJECT CONTACT:

     Dr. Susan Knight
     318 Pearce Hall, Central Michigan University
     Mt. Pleasant, MI 4885
     Email: knigh1sm@cmich.edu
      FAX: 989-774-2323
      Home phone: (989) 772-0134
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                                         Instructions

Thank you for agreeing to keep a Family Interaction Journal during your study abroad experience.
You have been randomly selected to participate in this pilot project to investigate the interaction
between U.S. students abroad and their host families.

Your responsibilities are basically two-fold:

1.     Time and Task Log.
        Keep a daily log of your interaction with the family on the Time Task Log
        Email or FAX the basic weekly information on this sheet to the Research Director (Susan
          Knight) at the end of each week. (You will be emailed a copy of the Time Task Log, so
          that if you would prefer, you may send it as an email attachment each week.)

2.     Tasks.
         Spend time with your family each week discussing particular topics (“Conversation
           Tasks”) and carrying out specific assignments (“Project Tasks.”).
         Please complete one Conversation Task and one Project Tasks each week. After you
           have had the conversation with your family or carried out the “project”, complete the
           Task Sheet (in English). The following pages give more specific directions regarding the
           task sheets.




Your Family Interaction Journal should be returned to Dr. Susan Knight upon your return to the
U.S. Please mail to:

Mailing Address:                      Dr. Susan Knight
                                      318 Pearce Hall
                                      Central Michigan University
                                      Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859


Email Address:                        knigh1sm@cmich.edu



FAX:                                  989-774-2525
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                                        TIME/TASK LOG
Document your interaction with the family each day. Jot down how much time you spent with
them and the topics you discussed. Record Monday’s date in the WEEK box.

For example:
                   Mon              Tues         Wed           Thur        Fri       Sat          Sun
     Week
               45 min.           60 min.      40 min.      90 min.    --         30 min.      60 min.
1. 6/7/04      “Pers. History”   lunch talk   lunch talk   “Grocery              Helped set   Got help
                                                           Shop”                 table        with hw




                   Mon              Tues         Wed          Thur         Fri       Sat         Sun
     Week

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                                   INSTRUCTION SHEET
                             CONVERSATION AND PROJECT TASKS


Suggestions:
                                                          Date: _____________________
                                                          Time: _____________________



Description:


Describe the content of your discussion regarding the topic. In this section, just provide what you talked
about and any interesting information you learned.




Evaluation of the interaction:

Comment on the quantity and quality of your interaction with the family. Did you have a good conversation?
Did you learn something new? Were you able to understand them? Were they able to understand you? What
problems did you encounter, if any. Overall, do you think the communication between you and the family was
enhanced by the task? Feel free to continue on the back of this page.
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          CONVERSATION TASK: Personal History/Getting to Know Each Other


Suggestions: Tell your host family about yourself. Include information about your own family, your
interests, likes, dislikes, etc. As in all of your interactions, be sure to ask your host family similar questions
about themselves.
                                                             Date: _____________________
                                                             Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                                  CONVERSATION TASK: Foods


Suggestions: Talk to your host mother about ―typical‖ dishes/food of the region. Ask for the recipe and if
possible, help her cook this recipe. Discuss popular dishes in the U.S. What ingredients would you find in a
Spanish kitchen-- cupboard or refrigerator—that you would not find in a typical U.S. kitchen?
                                                         Date: _____________________
                                                         Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                                  CONVERSATION TASK: Holidays


Suggestions: Talk to your family about how your favorite holiday(s) is (are) celebrated in the U.S. As in
all of your interactions, be sure to ask your host family similar questions – what is his/her favorite holiday?
How is it celebrated? What are the differences/similarities in how we celebrate?
                                                            Date: _____________________
                                                            Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                        CONVERSATION TASK: Leisure Time Activities


Suggestions: Talk to your family about how you like to spend your free time. Do you play sports? Do you
like to read? Do you go to the movies? As in all of your interactions, be sure to ask your host family similar
questions about themselves and about the host culture.
                                                          Date: _____________________
                                                          Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                             CONVERSATION TASK: Dating Practices


Suggestions: Talk with your family about dating practices in the U.S. and in the host country. Compare
information such as the age of the first date, what boys and girls typically do on a date, where do they go, etc.
                                                          Date: _____________________
                                                          Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                           CONVERSATION TASK: Driver’s License


Suggestions: Talk with your family about when you got your driver’s license, the process, etc. Was it an
important time for you? Do you have a car? Do most people your age have a license and a car? Then, ask
them the about the host country. Is it the same?

                                                       Date: _____________________
                                                       Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                        CONVERSATION TASK: Educational Systems


Suggestions: Talk to your family about the educational system in the host country. What age do students
start school? Do most go to public or private schools? How many years are obligatory? Which courses are
required and which are electives? Do they have elementary, middle, and high schools? Talk to your family
about the similarities and differences with the U.S. system.

                                                       Date: _____________________
                                                       Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                                CONVERSATION TASK: Television


Suggestions: Look at a TV listing of daily programs. Talk with a person in your family about the kinds and
types of programs found on TV. Tell them what programs are similar or different in the U.S. Invite them to
watch a program with you and help you understand. Discuss the program/show with them.
                                                         Date: _____________________
                                                         Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                    CONVERSATION TASK: Government/Current Events


Suggestions: Talk to your family about the current events in their country. What is their perspective on the
current government? Tell them about the current events in the U.S. and your views on the political situation.

                                                         Date: _____________________
                                                         Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                              PROJECT TASK: Ask for Directions


Suggestions: Ask someone in your family for directions. Then, follow the directions and document how it
went! Did you have to write the directions down? Were they easy to follow?

                                                       Date: _____________________
                                                       Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                                 PROJECT TASK: Invite for Coffee


Suggestions: Invite a family member to coffee (with a pastry or dessert??). Describe below how you
were able to ―negotiate‖ the invitation as well as the conversation you had during your time out together.

                                                          Date: _____________________
                                                          Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                                  PROJECT TASK: Go to a Movie


Suggestions: Invite a family member to a movie. Describe below your experience: how you were able to
―negotiate‖ the invitation, what movie you saw, and your discussion afterwards about the movie.

                                                        Date: _____________________
                                                        Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                             PROJECT TASK: Go Grocery Shopping


Suggestions: Go grocery shopping with a member of your family. Talk to your family about the similarities
and differences with a grocery-shopping trip in the U.S.

                                                           Date: _____________________
                                                           Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                               PROJECT TASK: Go to Church


Suggestions: Go to church with a member of your family. Tell him/her about your church at home and
how it is similar/different.

                                                    Date: _____________________
                                                    Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                         PROJECT TASK: Learn Children’s Songs


Suggestions: Ask someone in your family to teach you a children’s song.

                                                    Date: _____________________
                                                    Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                                PROJECT TASK: Play a Game


Suggestions: Talk to a member of your family about games they play—card games and board games.
Show them a game that you play and learn one of their games. Have them help you write down some of the
steps for the description section below.
                                                     Date: _____________________
                                                     Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                                   PROJECT TASK: Visit a School


Suggestions: Ask a family member to take you to a local grade school or high school. Where is it
located? What does it look like? What is the layout? What are the rooms like? Did your family member go to
school here or did their children. Discuss with your family the similarities and differences with the school(s)
you attended.
                                                          Date: _____________________
                                                          Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                     PROJECT TASK: WATCH A TV PROGRAM


Suggestions: Look at a TV listing of daily programs. Talk with a person in your family
about the kinds and types of programs found on TV. Tell them what programs are similar
or different in the States. Invite them to watch a program with you and help you
understand. Discuss the program/show with them.

                                             Date: _____________________
                                             Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                           PROJECT TASK: SHARE RECIPES


Suggestions: Talk to your host mother about ―typical‖ dishes/food of the region. Ask for
the recipe and if possible, help her cook this recipe. Discuss popular dishes in the States.
What ingredients would you find in a Spanish kitchen—cupboard or refrigerator—that you
would not find in a typical U.S. kitchen?

                                                Date: _____________________
                                                Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:
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                            PROJECT TASK: Attend a Sporting Event


Suggestions: Attend a sporting event with a member of your family. Describe below what sport it was, the
time and day of the event, etc. Discuss with your family the similarities and differences with a similar event in
the U.S.
                                                           Date: _____________________
                                                           Time: _____________________



Description:




Evaluation of the interaction:

								
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