Near the end of the term you will need a passport to help you get past the customs officer (me). Don’t worry. Make the passport early on and you’ll have plenty of time to practice talking before the end. (Yes, you need to learn your answers, but I’m giving you the questions and I don’t mind going over your answers with you in advance provided that you give me enough time.)
We MIGHT begin to make a passport in class, or it might be totally on your time. We’ll see. Here’s what you need to do:
CREATING THE PASSPORT
- Get 2 pieces of blank white paper and cut them in half along the width (not long and skinny).
- Place the 4 halves on top of each other to make a stack.
- Place your stack on top of construction paper or colored paper and trace and cut out a rectangle to serve as a cover.
- Place your cover underneath your stack of blank paper and fold both your stack and the cover in half to create a book. Press down and make a crease.
- Unfold your stack and flip it over so that the cover side is face up. Gently tuck a stapler around one of the sides of your book so that you can staple the book together along the crease that you’ve made. Use at least 2 staples. The staples should be spaced out and the bars of the staples should be along your colored cover on the outside and the folded over pieces of your staples should be on the inside of your crease on your center page on the inside.
FILLING THE PASSPORT
- Pick a Country of origin in central or southern America, preferably a Spanish one. Put the flag of your country of origin on the cover (outside) of your passport.
- Open your passport, skip the first page, and number each of the remaining pages along bottom, in the center.
- Go back to the page you skipped. The first side of the first page in a passport usually contains a phrase from the country’s founding documents. If you can find such a phrase, great.
- Go to the back side of the first page and turn the book lengthwise so it is no longer a rectangle standing up, but lying down.
- On that page you will put/draw a small picture of yourself on the left side of the page. On the right side of the page you will print your real first and last name. Everything after that, make it up. I don’t want real info.
- Under your name, include a fictitious birthdate.
- Under your birthdate, include a city from the country of origin that you put on the front cover.
- On the remaining pages (the ones you numbered) include the following dialogue prompts according to the numbers below. You can even write your answers in the passport too.
- ¿Adónde vas de vacaciones?
- Where are you going on vacation? (Hint: Don’t say you’re going on vacation to the same country you are pretending to be from. Name a city from a different country, and then the country.)
- ¿Con quién vas?
- With whom are you going? (Hint: Provide multiple family members.)
- ¿Qué van a hacer ustedes?
- What are you all going to do? (Hint: Be able to say 3 activities that you all are able to do in the city you are going to visit.)
- ¿Cuánto estás trayendo en efectivo?
- How much cash are you brining? (Hint: Answer with “I am brining” and then the number. Know how to say the number amount that you are claiming to be brining.)
- ¿Qué vas a comprar y para quiénes?
- What are you going to buy and for whom? (Hint: List more than one item and more than one person for whom you are purchasing. Buying drugs won’t count.)
- ¿Cómo viajas? ¿Ya tienes los boletos?
- How are you traveling? Do you already have the tickets? (Hint: Know how you are going to travel and provide the names of actual central or south American airlines, train companies, bus lines, etc.)
- ¿Qué estás llevando en la maleta?
- What are you bringing in the suitcase? (Hint: Have at least 6 items in your suitcase that should be in a suitcase. Illegal drugs won’t count.)
- ¿Qué quieres traer a casa?
- What do you want to bring home? (Hint: Name some items you could bring back that aren’t what you just said you already had in your suitcase. Maybe a new…)
- ¿Tienes un lugar en que te vas a quedar?
- Do you have a place in which you are going to stay? (Hint: Be able to name a hotel in the city of your destination.)
- ¿Cuánto cuesta cada noche?
- What does it cost (per night)?
- ¿Conoces a alguien en _________ a quién piensas visitar?
- Do you know anyone in _________ to whom you’re thinking to visit? (Hint: Answer YES. Name an extended family member at this point. Someone who lives where you are going. Say that you know a person and that you are going to visit that person.)
- Describe a la person que vas a visitar.
- Describe the person that you are going to visit. (Hint: Talk about whether the person is tall/short, blonde/redheaded, old/young, etc. Have 3 characteristics.)
- ¿Cuáles son unos sitios que _________ te va a mostrar?
- Which are some sites that the person is going to show you? (Hint: Say that the person you are going to visit is going to show you…. and name at least three types of sites)
- ¿Cuándo y cómo vas a regresar?
- When and how are you going to return home? (Hint: Be able to say how long you are going to be away for and give your plans for returning.)