Topical teaching ideas

If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.



by Teachit
14th November 2014


French | Illness | Doctor | Music

This article from Jeune Afrique about the 'Afrique Stop Ebola' song would be a serious and compelling cultural starter for GCSE or AS French students studying the topic of health. It's a public service announcement with a difference  …

Teaching ideas

Project the first two paragraphs of the article for students to read as they come in to the lesson. Ask them what the article is about: who, what, where, why etc. Key vocabulary to pick out might include: afin de, sensibiliser, conseils, arrêter.

Copy the lyrics below (for the first two minutes of the song only) into Word and delete words of your choice for students to complete whilst listening. If you have time, play the rest of the song (5m37s) so that they can hear the mixture of other African languages (malinké, lingala, bambara, soussou) and some French rapping. The overall message is a positive one: Ebola … nous te vaincrons.

Afrique Stop Ebola

L'Afrique est pleine de tristesse, de voir nos familles mourir.

Ne touchons pas nos malades, ne touchons pas nos mourants.

Tout le monde est en danger, les jeunes et les anciens.

Il faut agir pour nos familles.

Ebola, Ebola, invisible enemy.

Ebola, tu es notre ennemi.

Si vous vous sentez malade, les docteurs vont vous aider.

Je vous rassure, les docteurs vont vous aider.

Et il y a de l'espoir d'arrêter Ebola.

Aies confiance aux docteurs.

Ebola, Ebola, aies confiance aux docteurs.

Ebola ce n'est pas bon: allez voir le médecin.

Ebola ce n'est pas bon: allez voir le médecin.

Ebola fait du mal, il faut voir le docteur.

Ebola ce n'est pas bon: allez voir le médecin.

Ebola, Ebola, invisible enemy.

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