Class theme/topics discussed:

Spring Festival traffic rush: News report and journalist interview with homeless people who cannot go back home in spring festival

How did you pick this theme or topic?

It is the spring festival time in China. Every year the traffic rash at that time is a big issue for Chinese people. Therefore, it is a good topic for students to discuss and learn some Chinese cultures.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

Group work and general discussion
How did students react?

Did they engage with each other and you?


What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)

Tv, youku video
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?


Why or why not?

Many students already know a little about it and they further their understanding in this class. In later project, they also learn how to think, present and defend themselves from different roles addressing this controversial topic.