Article from “Le Monde” about the recent riots in France.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
The students like to talk about current issues.
How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Article, group reading (each student had a small part to read), after each part, they could ask questions, and I asked them to try to summarize what the article was about.
How did students react?
I think they found the article hard to understand, but little by little, they understood what was at stake, and since some of them had heard of a similar situation two years ago, it made sense to them. They even asked questions about the situation itself. I think that the best students enjoyed it, while the other ones just tried to get a general idea.
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, each student had her ability to understand either the article, or the situation itself, so I got a variety of questions.
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, I keep thinking that its important to work with real material