Suburbs and their problems. The Muslim veil, and laws in France…
How did you pick this theme or topic?
One of my students wanted to talk about something really cultural, and something that happened in my hometown made me think about talking about that
How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
General discussion, I wanted to see where we could end up, just by talking.
How did students react?
They liked the topic, because it is something that they’re used to. It was familiar
Did they engage with each other and you?
Only one student did not speak much. The others had heard of the problems, or had seen the movies from which I showed extracts, so they were interested in comparing both points of view. ( In France it’s forbidden to wear the veil in school) Starting from the same idea that there is diversity in both countries, why do they have completely different ways of solving the problems.
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes, the students are always interested in things they can identify with, in the other culture.