Class theme/topics discussed:

Who is going to win the Nobel Peace Prize

How did you pick this theme or topic?

A controversial Chinese journalist Hu Jia is nominated as one of the Nobel Peace Prize nominees. At the same time, Barack Obama is also one of the nominees. It’s an interesting topic for students to discuss and learn something about Chinese journalism while also have something familiar (American political figures) to talk about.

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

Handouts(vocabulary list)

How did students react?

Most of them like the topic and we had a great conversation. However, a few of them show littler interests in politics. Thus, I am going to keep this teaching mode but broaden my topics.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They engaged with each other and me pretty well

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?


Why or why not?

Most students can learn something about Chinese politics and related taboos in mainland China. At the same time, they can also learn Chinese young people’s opinions by watching videos. It’s quite different from what they though, so they can make great conversation based on the differences.