After laying initial groundwork early in the semester/year, this is an excellent activity which will have your senior language students organizing, conducting, and participating in meaningful conversations which reflect their spheres of interest. Then, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the weekly passionate discussions that result over the course of the semester/year – and in the target language! Have students leave your class consumed by the critical thought of the discussion... and with a stronger oral fluency as a result!
Big Ideas (from new BC Ministry of Education Curriculum):
- With increased proficiency in French, we can discuss and justify opinions with nuance and clarity.
- Listening and viewing with intent deepens our acquisition of French.
Curricular Competencies (from new BC Ministry of Education Curriculum):
- Locate, explore, and interpret a variety of authentic texts in French
- Identify biases and analyze cultural points of view in texts
- Respond personally to a variety of texts
- Engage in meaningful conversations on a variety of topics
- Ask and respond to complex questions
- Express and justify personal opinions on topics of interest
- Compare and contrast points of view and opinions
- Understand and be able to express self with precision using a variety of increasingly complex verb tenses and modalities in both the affirmative and the negative
- Café philosophe : Rapporter un cas d’injustice ou soulève une grande question du débat. Expliquer pourquoi il s’agit d’une injustice ou d’un grand débat. Aider ses camarades à comprendre les issus centraux et mener un débat/discussion.
This resource package includes a step-by-step walk through for setting up café philosophe, including all relevant information and handouts related to vocabulary, grammar worksheets (subjunctive), examples, and evaluation.
**Please let me know if you would like a modified version for an ESL class.