The seven golden rules  the seven golden rules  

The success of a simulation depends upon strict adherence to the following set of rules:

1. Spanish is the only language permitted during simulations.
This rule applies at all times, regardless of whether you are speaking in a full-scale debate or are merely engaged in one-to-one discussions with others. The only person permitted to break this rule, should he or she choose to do so, is the class teacher.

2. At no stage may you step outside the world of the simulation.
As a participant you are integrally involved in the 'action', rather like a 'method' actor, and you will therefore wish to win the argument (though always within the constraints set by the evidence available in the documentation).

3. You are not permitted to invent 'facts' in order to win the argument.
The only admissible facts are those contained in the information provided for purposes of the simulation, or, very occasionally, such facts as may be adduced from other verifiable sources in Spanish which are held to be acceptable by the class teacher.

4. While 'facts' must not be invented, opinions and speculation are encouraged.
You may advance any argument or opinion which seems appropriate to your role and to the situation with which you are faced. It is, of course, in the nature of the free vote with which most simulations end that you may also change your mind after hearing the arguments, regardless of the opening position suggested by your role.

5. You must be easily identifiable to others in your allocated role.
We strongly suggest that name badges and/or easily visible table-top name cards should be used. You should also introduce yourself ('in character') to your fellows at appropriate moments of the simulation, as perhaps when you make your first contribution to debate in different groups. As in real-life group discussions, a simple statement of your name and occupation will usually suffice.

6. You must ensure that you are well-briefed before the simulation.
The various documents provided are of fundamental importance to the effective progress of the simulation. You must therefore study them carefully in advance in order to prepare yourself properly for the complex arguments and decisions with which you will be faced as the simulation develops.

7. You must not treat the teacher as a dictionary!
Teachers manage the mechanics of the simulation. Unless they choose to take a specific character role, they are not there to provide opinions or arguments. They may, exceptionally, choose to intervene in matters of linguistic interest or particular difficulty, but are not to be regarded as 'walking dictionaries' to be consulted at will. Participants are expected, just as they would be in a Spanish-speaking country, to improvise their way out of linguistic difficulties as best they can using their own resources. In fact, the use of dictionaries is not permitted on the day of the simulation. The class teacher will, however, take notes for subsequent analysis, feedback and discussion.

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