Last week, as part of the Stages Intensifs programme instigated by Académie de Paris, I led a week-long intensive course teaching English for twelve secondary-school students (level A2). The teaching took place at Lycée Emile Dubois.
I was given a free hand to fill the total of 15 hours of teaching time for the week (3 hours/day), with only two restrictions:
- students must listen/speak as much as possible
- we must decide on and work towards a special project for Friday.
A decision was reached by Monday midday: let’s do a radio news bulletin. Despite the course taking place during the holidays, the students were putting in a lot of effort. Working towards creating the news broadcast, we covered the following topics in the first four days:
- how news broadcasts work
- travelling / at the airport / delays
- music and culture
- tourism / London
By the end of Thursday each student had their news item ready, which we then recorded in the first hour of the class on Friday morning. They then watched a film they chose, as a reward for their hard work, during which I edited together the full news broadcast for them to take home.
You can listen to it on the link below.
Radio Émile Dubois – News Bulletin