Christmas traditions in different parts of Croatia

Introduction

In this webquest, students will learn about Christmas customs and celebrations in different parts of Croatia. Over the years, Croats have adopted same new Christmas customs which they have than combined with the traditional ones only to get „the contemporary Christmas mish-mash“  that we all know today.

But which Croatian region created the most successful combination of traditional and modern thus becoming the perfect Christmas destination? 

Students will reveal it through this webquest.

 

Task

Students work in groups of three to find out about Christmas celebrations in different regions of Croatia – Zagreb, Slavonia, Istria and Dalmatia. They learn about:

– traditional and modern Christmas decorations,

– religious rituals in December

– traditional and modern Christmas food

– social events

Team members assume the role of travel agents and use their research to develop a presentation that will encourage travelers to visit the particular region during Christmas holidays. Presentation is carried out in the form of Power Point presentation.

 

Process

Students are assembled into four groups. Each group is assined one region which they have to research.

Group 1– Zagreb; Group 2 – Slavonia; Group 3 - Istria; Group 4 – Dalmatia

They cover the topics:

1.Traditional vs. modern Christmas decorations

https://www.chasingthedonkey.com/christmas-in-croatia-2/

2. Religious customs in December

http://www.learncroatian.eu/blog/christmas-traditions-in-croatia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badnjak_(Croatian)

3. Christmas food

https://travelhonestly.com/christmas-countdown/

4. Social events surrounding Christmas

https://travelhonestly.com/zagreb-cures-xmas-grouch/

https://www.klikcup.com/en/blog/best-advent-cities-in-croatia-advent-in-osijek

https://www.chasingthedonkey.com/christmas-in-croatia-christmas-markets/

 

Now, that they have gathered all the neccessary information, each group may procede to second phase of the procedure – creating a Power-point presentation  which best portraits their region. Students decide on their target group and do the best they can to „lure them in“.

Each group presents their region to randomly selected audience (other class of students). After that the audience is given a chance to vote for their favorites. A questionnaire is handed out to members of the audience.

 

Evaluation

CREATING A QUESTIONNAIRE:

Students will learn how to create a questionnaire to get specific information. They need to find out:

– which of the four topics covered in presenting each region's Christmas celebrations was the least useful

– which of the four  topics is important to you when traveling to a place

– which region was presented with the most useful information

...and similar, until finally, audience is asked

– which of the four regions would you visit for Christmas holidays

With the data students have gathered, they will reach a decision on possible adjustements of their market research and presentation.

 

Conclusion

Besides learning about Christmas celebrations in different regions of Croatia, you will also learn how to conduct a survey and use the information for your future business decisions.

Thank you for participating!

 

Credits

This webquest was created by a team of teachers, within the co-funded Erasmus plus KA2  partnership “English for hospitality” (EN4HOSTS), project number: 2017-1-RO01-KA201-037159, KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices ,KA201 - Strategic Partnerships for school education.

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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