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.
This article from BBC News Mundo ties in perfectly to the topic of technology and social networking. It's packed with percentages so we've created a handy worksheet to help students get to grips with the these social networking trends.
This article from Muy Interesante outlining the findings of The Happiness Research Institute (yes, apparently it really exists!) would make a good authentic reading task for AS students.
You could start by asking students to mindmap ideas in Spanish around the idea of 'la clave de la felicidad'. What makes them happy? What do people need to be happy?
Show them the first paragraph of the article - is not using Facebook something that they would link to happiness?
Ask them to read the rest of the article and find out the following:
You could then discuss whether students would be prepared to try a similar experiment!
This short video clip (1m. 42s.) from www.1jour1actu.com gives a good overview of why Facebook is not suitable for children. The engaging animation supports comprehension and it could be used effectively with AS French students as part of the technology topic.
Play the first 10 seconds of the clip and pause it, leaving the question on the screen: Pourquoi Facebook est-il interdit aux moins de 13 ans? Ask students to work in small groups to jot down as many reasons for this as they can in French. Share all their ideas as one list on the whiteboard.
Play the clip for the first time without pauses, asking students to identify how many of the points which they thought of are also mentioned in the clip. Discuss this at the end, ticking the points which were mentioned on the whiteboard list.
Play the clip again, with regular pauses for students to make notes about anything they can understand, including key words. This is probably best done in English, depending on the ability of the group or of individual students. Although the French is native-speaker speed, the animations do help with the main ideas and some of the language.
Add these ideas to the whiteboard list, translating them back into French as a group if necessary. Ask students to use this list of ideas and take turns in pairs to talk for 1 minute about the title question. More able students should go first, allowing others to re-use the same language (you should make it clear that it is ok to repeat phrases as well as add their own).
Finally, you could ask students to write a brief comment on the topic, in the style of the ones on the site, under the video clip: 'Ecrire un message'. These could then be typed in and posted.
This German article about the joys and perils of social networking would tie in well to the AS topic of communication technology.
Start with the summary box at the bottom of the article entitled Auf die Schnelle - wichtige Tipps für das Surfen in sozialen Netzwerken. Students could discuss whether they follow the advice and give examples of the problems which can occur otherwise.
To help students access the whole article, you could try dividing the class into three groups and giving each group one of the longer paragraphs to work on. By becoming ‘experts’ in their section of the text (looking up vocabulary and writing a summary in English) they can then share this knowledge with the other groups to get a complete picture of the article’s content.