Discussion about the debates before the elections.

How did you pick this theme or topic?
Everyone is talking about the elections, the candidates, the debates so I thought that it would be a good idea to compare the two systems.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I asked them questions about the debates in the US, how does it work, where they take place, how many they have…
I showed the French debate before the second round of the presidential elections in 2007 between Sarkozy and Royal. It was an oral comprehension exercise as well as a comparison between the American debates that they had watched.
They showed an excerpt of the French News on France 2 and did a “fill in the blank” exercise with the script I had written down. It gave them the opportunity to see what the French medias was thinking about the election.

How did students react?
They really liked it they all got involved in the discussion.

Did they engage with each other and you?

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?