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.
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).
You are not permitted to invent 'facts' in order to win
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.
While 'facts' must not be invented, opinions and speculation
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.
You must be easily identifiable to others in your allocated
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.
You must ensure that you are well-briefed before the
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
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.