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French-English Skype Group



Slightly less chaotic than last year’s Second Life Virtual Learning Group but only just! 12 English and 12 French students will be exchanging their languages for 5 weeks; and so begins the French-English Skype Group..

We’ve got some interesting topics lined up and this year we are including online content such as videos and podcasts as well as news articles for the students to discuss each week. The first session last week was a ‘getting to know each other’ session as well as getting to know the platform and its more advanced functions such as screen sharing. Screen sharing is a very easy function but a lot of people don’t know how to use it; it enables a user to show the person they are talking to their screen; for example they can show presentations, photos and videos and discuss them at the same time.

Tomorrow is the second session and the topic is the Arab Spring/Révolution Arabe and we have asked the students to prepare using the following resources:

French resources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_d2_i4PabQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF1RIHc-Sq4
http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2011/03/02/la-revolution-arabe-n-a-pas-encore-eu-lieu_1486850_3232.html

English Resources:

Africa at LSE Blog – http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/about/
Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline

Video Content – Compare and comment on these two speeches:
Obama – http://www.reuters.com/video/2011/09/21/obama-on-the-arab-spring?videoId=221746316
Cameron – http://www.reuters.com/video/2011/09/22/cameron-on-the-arab-spring?videoId=221866654

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