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
6th November 2014


French | Alcohol | Drinking | Driving | Safety | Health

In France, thanks to a road-safety campaign, the designated driver (who opts not to drink when going out with a group of friends) is universally known as ‘Sam’. The Sam homepage,, has lots of great links for the AS level topic of alcohol or for a light-touch cultural aside to the GCSE topic of health.

Teaching ideas

On the Sam YouTube channel you’ll find a series of five 30-second videos, each giving one ‘bonne raison d’être Sam’ using a short slogan in the simple future tense. Try using them as a series of starters in which students translate the reason given before watching the clip.

For homework, students can find out more by exploring the Sam homepage themselves and making notes on their own reading/listening and new vocabulary encountered. They could also follow the simple French instructions to personalise a Sam video using a photo of themselves or of a friend.

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