Young people

This task allows the telecollaborative partners to draw their attention to a social group, young people, by making it a subject of intercultural comparisons. The product is a text which seeks to offer solutions to the problems encountered by young people in the partners’ country.

Institution reporting the task:

Language of task instructions:

English

Target Group:

Any

Level:

A2
B1
B2

References and acknowledgements:

None

Type:

None

Estimated Duration:

2 sessions

Topic:

Youth

Tags:

comparison
adolescence
solutions

Acknowledgements:

None

Language Configurations:

Bilingual

Language(s) that the task can be used in:

Any

Dominant language production:

Writing/reading asynchronous

Target Competences:

Language competence
Intercultural skills

Specific pedagogical objectives:

Development of students interest in cultural similarities and differences

Suggested Communication Tools:

Asynchronous text

Suggested Resources:

None

Instructions:

Stage 1
(
preparation through the teachers):

– Create a closed forum (like Moodle)

– Form pairs of telecollaborative partners of the same country

– It would be interesting to find a document as a starting point which illustrates the life of young people in each country. In the beginning this document would be presented in the forum by the teacher of each country.

A document in French can be found under « Suggested Resources»

Stage 2 (research):

Ask the teams to create a portrait of the type of youth of their region, describing:

– Their way of life in general

– The problems they can encounter: education, family, drugs, violence

Alternative Stage 2 (research):

This phase can also be done in the form of a direct questionnaire

– Every teacher suggests to the teams to create a questionnaire (one per group) on the different aspects mentioned in stage 2.

For example: Do adolescents have problems with drugs?

– The telecollaborative partners post their questionnaire in the forum

Stage 3
(
production):

Ask the partners to choose 3 problems which young people in the partners&#39 country encounter and suggest solutions

The text should have at least 80 words

Stage 4 (exchange):

– The teams react to the responses of their team partners to the different questions (they comment, complement or express their disagreement) in the forum


Stage 5 (wrap-up in class):

Come back to the aspect of the production task on the differences which exist between the youth of both countries

Learner Texts:

None

Document related to the task:

None

Criteria for Completion:

The participants could present a social category of their country and understand the differences which might exist within the very same category in another country. They produced a text presenting problems which young people in the country of the partners face trying to find solutions to these problems.

Comments and suggestions:

None

Author/copyright:

Le français en Première Ligne (2011-2012) Grenoble-Chypre. Groupe B : Astrid Barbarin, Arisete Vera-Cruz, Caroline Blois (Tâche 3 « Les jeunes sont-ils les mêmes partout? »)

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