Bac Notions – Open Forum


SPACES & EXCHANGES

B1

  • Do you think we have to travel to learn a language?
  • What’s your best memory as a tourist?
  • What kind of exchanges are there in today’s world? Which is the most important to you ? Why ? The most dangerous? Why?
  • Would you be ready to leave your country? What for? How would your family feel about it? How would you feel about it ? What would you miss the most?

B2

  • How are exchanges influenced by modern technologies?
  • Do new technologies make exchanges easier?
  • Why do people migrate?
  • Why do so many immigrants take so many risks to get to Europe? What should European countries do? Which difficulties do immigrants have to face ?
  • What is the American Dream? Is it still true today?
  • What about volunteering? Would you be ready to become a volunteer on a mission?
  • Some say that many Spanish-speaking people feel discriminated against in the United States . Can you give me some examples of discrimination?

C1 Pr aller plus loin avec les élèves à l’aise:

  • Do you think we could live without borders?
  • What could the world be like without money?
  • What if you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be? Why?
  • What are the pros and cons of globalization?
  • What place is the most likely to be a source of exchanges? Why?  
  • Who benefits the most from modern exchanges ? What does it reveal about our society?

 

 

MYTHS & HEROES

 

  • What myths do you know?
  • Do you think that myths and heroes can teach us a lesson? Can you give examples?
  • Can you think of a super-heroine? Of a Black superhero?
  • If you could be a superhero, which one would you be? Why?
  • Why are myths and heroes important to our society?
  • Who is the most controversial hero for you? Why?
  • Do heroes have to be perfect?

 

C1

  • Is the ‘European Dream’ the new myth replacing the ‘American Dream’?
  • How are myths and heroes important to our society?
  • Can a society create its own heroes? To what end?
  • Would you say heroism is essentially about risk- taking?
  • Who was your hero when you were a kid? What about now? What has changed?
  • Don’t you think the word ‘hero’ is being overused nowadays, that it has become almost a cliché ?
  • In what way are modern-day heroes different from those of the past?
  • Can you think of an anti-hero? Can you explain his/her behaviour or personality?

THE IDEA OF PROGRESS

 

  • Have you ever experienced any form of progress in your life (recently)?
  • Do you think the Internet and new technologies best represent progress? Why?
  • What is the difference between online tutorials and school?
  • Do you consider the consumer society was a sign of progress? In what way?
  • How did the Civil Rights Movement bring about progress in America?
  • What would MLK think/say/do about today’s African Americans living conditions ?

 

B2

  • In what way has progress made life better, faster, stronger ? Can you give any examples?
  • Do you think that progress is always positive? Can there be a negative side to progress?
  • What is the darkest or most controversial invention?
  • What do you think are the most important / useful inventions of the past 50 years?
  • How has internet changed today’s world?
  • Would you like to be able to travel in time? Back when or where ?
  • What are the pros and cons of online learning?

 

C1

  • In your opinion, what was the major technological or scientific breakthrough in the last decades?
  • Do you think people were happier before or now? What do you miss from the past? What do you think is better now?
  • What alternatives to factory production can you think of?
  • Most Western European people describe their society as ‘ advanced’ or ‘developed’ do you agree? How could this vision be questioned?
  • Are we really moving forward or backward?
  • Could you give examples of advances/ innovations that led to a hot debate/ that set people apart?
  • Do you understand technophobes? How do you feel about cutting- edge technology yourself?
  • What do you miss the most from when you were young? Why?
  • Have you noticed anything from your childhood disappear from the supermarket?
  • What things of the past would you have liked to know? See? Use?
  • Do you think your grandmother was happier than you at your age?
  • Would you prefer to move forward to the future or travel back in time? What for ?

 

PLACES & FORMS OF POWER

  • Where / When / How would you feel the most powerful? Explain.
  • Is there any law that you find unfair?
  • Can you find an example of a powerful book / place / image / film / politician / song ? Describe it.
  • What are the limits to power? How is power abused? Where? Why?
  • Can you give an example of a historical power struggle or conflict?
  • Are you your own boss? Why? Why not?
  • What form of power did the Civil Rights Movement represent in the USA in the 50s and 60s?
  • Do you think Wikileaks is a counter-power? Why?
  • Do you think protest songs have any power?
  • What is the power of monarchy in GB?
  • Do you consider consumerism a form of power or oppression? How? Are you personally under its influence?

 

B2

  • Do you consider yourself under any form of control? By whom or by what?
  • What is the most repressive/oppressive place you can think of?
  • Where / When would you feel the most powerful? Explain.
  • Do you think we are manipulated?
  • What is the best symbol for power?
  • To what extent do you respect institutions? Which ones do you consider important?
  • When / How / Why do you think media / journalists / activists go too far?
  • What is the best way to fight for a cause in your opinion?
  • Can you find an example of a powerful book / film / politician ? Describe it.
  • Can you find an example of a powerful image / place? Describe it.
  • What is the power of monarchy in GB?
  • Some say that advertising exerts too much power on customers. What about yourself? Do you think you are influenced by advertising?
  • Should there be limits to the power of the press?

 

C1

  • To what extent can education / media / politics / books / travelling make you powerful or feel powerful?
  • Are we being over-informed? Do we really need instant news?
  • Would you say power is equally shared between men and women nowadays?
  • Do you think we are manipulated? ( by politicians, by the media, by ads…)
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34 thoughts on “Bac Notions – Open Forum

  1. Do you think we have to travel to learn a language?

    For me, when we learn a language is not, at the bigining, a question of grammary or conjugation. Is about an immersion in a other culture, accept a way of thinking, and particularly is listening and dialogue. A child learn to speak the langage of his contry before understand what he really said, like he can’t indicate the tense he use and he dosen’t even realise that he use it. He just, step by step, understand and repeat what he listen aroud him. So, an adult can do the same, with more difficulties that a child of course, but i think it always be more simple to learn a language being in the contry. In fact, the only way to learning is the investment we decide to make all aroud his language, with all his culture, his history. That can begin by looking movies, series, reading book written in that language, listening music of the contry…

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  2. Do heroes have to be perfect?

    An hero is somebody who prouved by his actions his bravery, and who help the other.
    There are fictionnal heroes and reel heroes.
    Fictionnal heroes don’t have to be perfect. In fact, they prouved their courage by their actions. They seems perfect for the imaginary population that they help, like superman looks perfect and invicible for Metropolis. But for the reader, he don’t have to be, on the contrary! If he gots imperfections, the reader can identify with him and appreciate him more. We can see that anti-heroes are really appreciated ( for example, deadpool) beacause they are more natural and funny, and it’s more modern. We can say that heroes doesn’t have to be perfect, or they would be unbearable. If they were perfect, they wouln’d have any weak points and the history couln’d be intresting. Them imperfections makes the stakes.
    Of course, real heroes like whistleblowers etc aren’t prefect, and don’t have to seem perfect beacause their life aren’t ficion and they are really putting in danger their life.

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  3. -Do you think the Internet and new technologies best represent progress? Why?
    -No ! Of course not ! Quite the contrary, it keeps the new generation in the lie of appearance. I mean, for them it’s the real word, and they are unaware of all the lies disclosed by the media. So, they don’t know that they must select the informations they see on the web. And they believe all the videos while today everything , every videos can be so easily falsified. Plus, the internet word shows some bad ideals, like the perfect woman with big boobs, big butt, adept of surgery and vulgar. And I don’t know why they are always act like if there were stupid , as though it was so irresistible… Anyway, I think there must be so many girls who are complexed by this ideal and it’s so sad and funny at the same time because it’s our fault, we are destroying ourself and our society (it’s a little bit excessive but it’s my opinion). There are so many other things about the web but I haven’t enough time to explain it, I said the must important things in my view.

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  4. Who was your hero when you were a kid? What about now? What has changed?

    when was a child i used to tell that beyonce was my heroin , because i was like fan of (I’m still tho) her music but also her body , and the fact that she has been a young girl like me too and she achieved her goals ; I really wanted to be like her. Nowadays , I still her and more now because i found out she was a feminist , but I don’t consider her like an heroin anymore because now that I’m a grown girl , I know that being a great singer , beautiful and famous is not enough to be an hero , that’s just my opinion so chill out!

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  5. Do you think we have to travel to learn a language?

    In my opinion, we need to travel to learn a language, but WE DON’T HAVE TO! first of all you have to know the basICS of A language otherwise you can’t interact with people, and speaK about what you want. Then the movies and series will help you learn a language, that’s what I do for myself to IMPROVE my English and my Spanish. If you can AFFORD traveLlING TO A FOREIGN country, you may communicate with penpals THANKS TO webcam or facetime. There is also an other possibility : to live at somebody’s house while studYing if you can travel. It could help you toGET BETTER AT SPEAKING the language of your choice.

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    • I agree with you Leia beacause it’s subject ambiguous , we can learn English even if we do not travel. But it’s more easy to learn a language if you can go in the country. Be in the country allows to don’t have the choice to learn. I think it’s better than learn accros a professor or something else.

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  6. What is the difference between online tutorials and school?

    AN Online tutorial IS PERFECT for students who AREshy and don’t ENJOY school . There ARE students who don’t understand the teacher when the class is overflowED AND others WHO WOULD RATHER STATE their own opinion . Also , school is important BECAUSE / AS IT createS a very important human contact very studEnts swap their opinion and the TEACHER’S voice is USEFUL TO BETTER for a BETTER understanding.

    *STHG IS AT STAKE: qqchose est en jeu
    *THE STAKES: les enjeux

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  7. Do you think we have to travel to learn a language?
    Not necessarily , because now we have a lot of method and platform to learn a lot of languages like some website ( BABBEL) whICH can TEACH you language . But traveLLING in the country WHERE you would like to learn THE RESIDENTS / INHABITANTS’ language COULD be better in the sensE that STAYING in with all the LOCALS who talk the language you will be more motivateD thaN if you are just behind a screen with an EARPHONES…

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  8. Do you think we have to travel to learn a language?
    Not always, because there are countries where the language is difficult to learn like Chinese, Russian and many others. So you can’t learn language on a short trip or in a week. You need to study this language FOR A LONGER TIME. But there are countries where the language is easy or you have learnT it before so you have the ability to speak with people and understand it STRAIGHT AWAY.
    Laetitia.M
    TL3

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    • I am not totally agree with you because if you want to improve your language skills it’s really necessary to travel in the country. It can help you to discover a new culture and at the same time you learn more quickly the language. If you stay 5 months in China for example you have the capacity of interact with other people ( it’s depends on your learning style but it’s for sure more easier ).

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    • We don’t agree, because you have to practice the language in the country, to really get used to this language: you have listen to people who lives there and speak with them. We think that its the only way to learn a languague correctly and have a perfect accent.

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    • I’m agree but I think too that we learn better the language if let us go in the concerned country because due to hearing the language, we become used. We learn better in one year in the foreign country than ten years to school.

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  9. THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
    Do you think that progress is always positive? Can there be a negative side to progress?
    -Progress ISN’T always positive, because of negative robotic sideS for exAmple. In fact , in the futurE, all work may be replaced by robots FASTER and MORE hardworkING than human and people will be fired because of them. It can be an extreme case but we live in a world where robots ARE BEING develoPED more and more every day.
    manon.B
    TL3
    *SAFE and SOUND: sain et sauf

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    • yes, and the robots can become dangerous according to their evolution. There are things much more important THAN CREATING robots because THANKS TO technology, we can help DEVELOPING COUNTRIES / POPULATIONS IN NEED.

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    • I think the same as you > I SHARE YOUR OPINION and nowadays, our society is closer TO the world described in sci-fi books than ever. And I think that’s so scary…

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    • I’m agree with you. I think in the futur the robots replace human ( work and personal life exemple sex robots). And i’m think it’s not especially better thing, because if robot replace human in their workplace, human they will not have work.

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      • i not agree with you Sabine because for me the robot can not replace us . But if they replace us i am agree with you it s not especially better things for the human. Especially if human are completely replace by robots.

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    • I agree with you and I think that with today’s technology we can improve our ways to cure cancer or AIDS. There’s so much things we could do with such technology and we waste it on machines we don’t need.

      DA COSTA RIBEIRO Priscilla TL3

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