Why do people migrate to the UK?

BAC Notion : Spaces & Exchanges 

All the interviewees in this video are foreigners, thhey are all migrants but they give the reason why they moved in / to  the UK. We realized that there are different types of migrants: 

asylum seekers and refugees who are persecuted and threatened in their home country CONTRARY TO  economic migrants who do not fear for their life.


Inès and Shakeeb are BOTH economic migrants WHEREAS Priyanga and Alain are REFUGEES .

  • live : vivre # to leave ( left) partir
  • a stranger ( inconnu) # a foreigner ( un étranger)

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Asylum Seekers teamwork

9 groups of 4 students 

  • What’s the difference between an Asylum Seeker and a Refugee?
  • Each group will be working on 4 texts dealing with refugee cases. 
  • Highlight details that urge you to grant / NOT to grant the refugee status to the refugee.
  • Each student chooses a number.
  • Reset the teams with the new numbers. 
  • Explain why would you grant the refugee status or wouldn’t. 



Team 1 refugee Case N° Fauziya KASINGA

Team 2 refugee Case N° Kalareh Nima

Team 3 refugee Case Igor Fedorenko

Refugee Agency

Final Reports Teamwork

  • We agree to grant the refugee status to K N because he was part of the Tudeh Party and the members of his family who were in this party too were persecuted. He was also ‘treated very badly’ so that’s why we think he would be a victim of persecution and his fear is well-founded. What’s more he is homosexual and in Iran it’s not accepted / not allowed. Homosexuals are executed in Iran.
  • We don’t grant the refugee status to MAS even if she was in danger she had provided material support to fight against her government so she is a political agitator and could be responsible for a civil war or an armed conflict in her own country.
  • We disagree with the fact that Fauziya is a refugee because there is a lot of women in this country who are in the same position as FGM is a custom / a tradition. Also it’s not a life-or-death situation. That’s why we can’t accept her as a political refugee because there would be too many women in this case. Instead, we can offer a new status the Politically Protected People status which protects people who fear for their body, it allows minors to have a right over their own body. There would be organizations who would welcome these victims and protect them from physical abuse in their country or in a neighbouring country.
  • Our choice was difficult, we were in two minds because this person committed a crime against humanity and lied about it. So even if he was forced to work in a Nazi camp, he chose to flee to avoid a fair trial at the end of World War II.


Interview questions for Role Play


  • What’s your name?

  • Where are you from?

  • How old are you?

  • Where were you born?

  • What is your ethnicity?

  • Did you participate / were you involved in persecution of a group of people in a armed conflict?


  • Why do you apply for asylum?

  • What is your religion? political opinion?

Situation / Context:

  • What happens to young women in your country? What’s happening to your country?

  • Are you forced to do anything against your will? What are you forced to do?

  • How do you feel? Are you scared? What are you afraid of?

  • Do you think that you’re in danger of death?

  • Does your home country allow homosexuality?


Oral Spaces & Exchanges

Prepare your bac oral Spaces & Exchanges


A traveller is someone who …

There are different types of travellers, for example:

I believe travel experiences best illustrate the notion …. because when we go on a trip we can ……

Travelling also allows people to … that’s why I think travel experiences correspond to the notion …

Some people feel like travelling in order to …

But tourists are different from refugees or migrants because …

So compared to tourists, refugees or migrants are forced to leave because…

  • My question today is:


  • In class we studied 2 refugee’s stories : …………….
  • So first – how are the reasons for travelling different?

Then what troubles do we face when we travel?

Us compared to refugees? ( borders, papers, DNA test, separated family, language? )

  • Finally, what happens to refugees when they arrive? Is it the same for us?

(welcome, job, language, police, money, activities …)


  • To conclude, I realized that …
  • Discuss: Is Saido’s story / Scisa’s unique in your opinion? Why or why not?

1S7 Travellers – Video discussion / diary

Choose your favourite traveller’s story

Scisa’s story

  • 3 weeks ago + preterit (3 weeks ago, my village was on fire.”
  • starving: affamé
  • a prey : une proie
  • to think about sthg: réfléchir
  • to make up your mind : prendre une décision
  • April, 28th, 1980. #DAY I : DEPARTURE
  • DAY 2 # FEAR

Note down key words you understand

Imagine your are the traveller

Post the 1st page of your diary

  • Why did you leave? where do you intend to go?
  • what did you see? who did you meet? What did you take with you?
  • How did you feel when you left?


  • I can’t wait for my trip to begin! ( j’en peux plus d’attendre…/ très impatient)

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1ES – FASHIONISTAS > Skinheads, Punks and stereotypes! SHARP video to finish

FASHIONISTAS Bac Notion- Spaces & Exchanges


Skinheads, Punks and stereotypes!


a- When you think about Skinheads and Punks what comes to your mind?

Strange / original / provocative / different

  • live on the margin of society / they are outcasts
  • they refuse to fit in / adapt / to belong to the system
  • they want to stand out
  • British styles / street styles appeared in the 60s / 70s
  • the Sex Pistols

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Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice


Skinheads, Punks and stereotypes!

When you think about Skinheads what comes to your mind?

Racism / violence / white / shaved hair

Watch an extract from Arte Skin Attitude documentary, 2003.

Part 1- Buster Bloodvessel’s interview. 2’26 – 3’11

  1. What strikes you in this interview?

    He says to be a skinhead you must be anti-racist /

    opposite of what we assume about skinheads

  2. List all the attributes of the skinhead style / attitude.

    To be a skinhead you must love Dr Martens / love football / ska / be anti-racist / more than any other subculture / the skin subculture is about dancing with anyone.

Part 1 – 5’50 – 8’39 – 9’05 – Lauren AItken’s interview.

  1. When did he arrive in England? Why? 1960
  2. What music did he play? Skin reggae / ska
  3. How did Black and White skinheads get on together?

    Got on well / danced together “til the morning comes”

  4. According to him where did ska come from? America New Orleans / boogie
  5. What does Buster add to the origins of ska? Rhythm & Blues / guitar shuffled /

    ‘rude boys’ + hard working class

  6. Where did the clash happened? 

    In the club / on the dancefloor / there was no discrimination

    Right wing / radical / National Front rose in public opinion during the Thatcher years / economc crisis late 60s early 70s.

Part 2- Simon 0’11 – 1’54

  1. What does he say about the skinhead haircut? From the army / criminals
  2. What happened to him after he shaved his head? How old was he? 13 / stopped
  3. / frisked / searched by the police
  4. How did he feel? Annoyed but proud / he felt ‘tough’
  5. What was the Skinhead’s reputation? Hated or admired / by teachers / parents
  6. > scapegoats / blamed for all the wrongs of society
  7. What was the consequence?

    Girls were attracted to them / felt a strong ‘bond ‘ united and strong

  8. How did they feel about their reputation?

    Powerful / drew attention

Part 3- Roddy Moreno’s interview. 1’11- 4’19

  1. Why did he decide to become an anti-fascist skinhead?

    To fight against fascist skins

  2. What happened in their first concert? A guy sang the nazi salute ‘he zieg heiled’
  3. How did the band react? They stopped playing and had a word with him

    and then they kicked him out

  4. What did ‘being a skinhead’ mean to them? Working class / know where you come from / be proud of it / anti-racist
  5. What did the Right Wing do? Seduce the young naïve ones
  6. What did they think about it? They disapproved
  7. What is the link between Skinheads and Jamaica? Without Jamaica skinheads wouldn’t exist
  8. What does he call racist skinheads? Boneheads (tête de noeuds)
  9. What did he decide to do after his trip to New York? to take a stand (prendre position)
  10. What does SHARP stand for? SkinHead Against Racial Prejudice

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“How much longer will people wear
Nazi armbands and dye their hair”

How Much Longer – ATV 1977
http://www.punk77.co.uk/groups/punkthe.htmLet me start off by saying that I do not believe there was a direct link between punk and Nazi ideology or an attempt to propagate right wing views. Let me also say that I am coming at this from a London angle – the origin of UK punk – and I’m talking Punk Rock 1976-79.

I cannot confirm what political views individual members of bands held but as a whole Punk was not Nazi. It is also worth pointing out that when the far right in the guise of the National Front was perceived as a realistic political threat in 1978 many punk bands mobilised under the Rock Against Racism banner and played gigs and benefits.

What cannot be denied is the use of Nazi symbols, imagery and look in the initial styles and fashion of punk rock. And while these can be explained away as designed to provoke and shock, some more intellectually challenged punks may have actually believed them.


The evidence for saying there was is all pretty circumstantial. Without a doubt the swastika and nazi regalia was a commonly used symbol as fashion accessory among punks and band members in the early days. Malcolm Mclaren sold replica nazi regalia in his shop. The destroy tshirt designed by Vivien Westwood and Mclaren had as its background a large swastika. In the film Rock ‘N’Roll Swindle Sid vicious is regularly seen wearing a swastika tshirt and for some reason a pair of briefs with one on. Siouxsie was (in)famous for her nazi look often wearing swastika armbands and regalia playing with nazi imagery and other members of punk bands like Captain Sensible and Johnny Rotten wore nazi gear . Add to this the use of nazi symbols by punks /punkettes.

When people wore swastikas, I think that was more to shock than because of any racist overtone. The time when Sid Vicious went around a Jewish area in France wearing a swastika t-shirt, just to shock and outrage all the people there, I though that was going beyond whatever line you shouldn’t go beyond.



Reading about PUNKS

1- define punk style

music energetic and fast music / violent

/ aggressive / antisocial / misfits / outcasts

3- describe / define

clothes = chains / safety pins / tatoos / piercings / Dr Martens / Black leather jackets / braces ( bretelles ) Harrington jackets

music = Ska / reggea // ‘Oï’

attitude (political message? ) = anarchy / no future / anti-politics

4- How has your vision of punks changed?

Our opinion hasn’t changed except about racism.

Reading about SKINS

1- origins = Jamaica ‘rude boys’ / British working class = attitude

New Orleans / Boogie / Jamaica = music

style = suits / loafers/ creepers / Dr Martens / braces

evolution = split / clash / racist vs anti-racist

2- Explain last paragraph with ‘Soul Britannia’

Jamaica influenced ‘colonized’ British music

Spaces & Exchanges / colonized taking their revenge on the colonizers / reversed colonization

Are British street styles / sub-culture 60 / 70s appropriation / stolen from the West Indies or influence / inspiration?

3- What have you learned about skinheads?

They are not all racist and meaningless.

Understanding the use of Nazi IMAGERY

1- Does the narrator think punks are neo-nazis?

No he doesn’t / not all of them / some of them / a majority stood up against racism.

2- How does he explain the use of the nazi imagery?

In his opinion is a way to shock / just a question of provocation > too far?

3- Explain the last line “ I thought that was going beyond whatever line you shouldn’t go beyond.”

He refers to Sid Vicious who wore a swastika Tshirt in the middle of a French jewish area / he did it for the sake of provocation. Iconoclastic or too much?




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1- Name 1 style / music genre /icon? Explain the main features. Do you know where it came from?

2- Do you know what soul is?

Watch Soul Britannia to find out!

Video study! Timings

00’24 – 1’06 / 1’48 – 2’26 / 2’50 – 3’43 / 12’38 – 13’38 / 14’08 – 15’17 / 15’17- 18’20

Each team write down key words / discuss. Tell what they understand 1 student : 1 sentence.

Focus on: Who? What about? Where?  When ? Why? Reactions / feelings?

Team 1- What is soul? What’s a ‘classic sould voice’?

Team 2- 2 white British singers react to soul.

Team 3- Carribean immigrants and social changes.

Team 4- White teenagers and race riots.

Team 5- My grand father was a slave.

HW 1S finish Team 4 and 5 > be able to recap’ on video.

HW 1ES 1 – Doc Make Sense 2 .

Say what you have understood about:

– the piture they draw of British society just after World War 2 (quelle image de l’Angeleterre après la Seconde Guerre Mondiale est montrée?)

– the part played by music in changing the social fabric of Britain (dans quelle mesure la musique contribue à changer le tissu social de l’Angleterre?)

– where this music comes from? (d’où vient cette musique? 2 endroits)

Lesson notes 1ES1

1- Name 1 style / music genre /icon? Explain the main features. Do you know where it came from?

  • Reggae > Jamaica / West Indies / Carribean Islands

  • Funk / Disco RnB Hip Hop Rap > rythm / spoken words / offensive language / baggy trousers

  • Rock Indie Rock Heavy Metal > long hair / dark make up / electric guitars

  • Jazz > suits / saxophones

  • Soul Black voices > afro haircut / moving songs

  • Electronic > skinny jeans / coloured hair / excentric glasses

  • classical music

2- Do you know what soul is?

Watch Soul Britannia to find out!

Video study!


00’24 – 1’06 + 2’28 – / 1’48 – 2’26 / 2’50 – 3’43 / 12’38 – 13’38 / 14’08 – 15’17 / 15’17- 18’20

Note down key words.

  • Focus on: Who?

Tom Jones / Elton John > British pop stars / on the wane

Mica P. / Beverley Knight > Mixed-race / Second generation Carribean Britsih soul singers.

They express two different sides / faces of Soul

> Black voices influencing White British singers

  • What about?

Soul not just a music genre but also an attitude

soul music makes you feel like dancing

Black soul music inspired British singers

Soul music came to Britain thanks to West Indian / Carribean immigrants from the Barbados / Trinidad / Jamaica.

Social / historical changes thanks to soul music / Carribean immigrants.

  • Where? 

From the Carribean islands to America / Great Britain

Black music records came from Memphis

dance halls / streets / houses in Notting Hill in South West or in Newcastle.

  • When ?

from WW2 / Churchill 1950s-1960s > to 1980s Thatcher = Soul / Reggae / Ska / Punk

Get organized !

Make sense 2 correction

  • the picture they draw of British society just after World War 2 (quelle image de l’Angeleterre après la Seconde Guerre Mondiale est montrée?)

Social & economic crisis caused social tentions / rise of the unemployment rates (montée du taux de chômage) / destroyed cities to rebuild and coal mines (mines de charbon) in Newcastle > dark & tensed atmosphere / poverty and destruction

new British citizens > West Indian immigration from the Carribean Islands ( Jamaica / Barbados …) caused racial tensions in big cities (London, Notting Hill race riots between British White & Carribean / Black people.

The United Kingdom (UK) / Britain / England

  • the part played by music in changing the social fabric of Britain (dans quelle mesure la musique contribue à changer le tissu social de l’Angleterre?)

    Thanks to Soul music / British pop music was renewed / changed

    It helped Black nd White people to live together / social exchanges were helped / created a multicultural society

  • where this music comes from? (d’où vient cette musique? 2 endroits)

    origins of Soul

    – from Gospel & slave songs in the Carribean islands and Southern States of America (New Orleans / Louisiana

    – from the Carribean islands

    – from Jazz music ( Memphis record companies / Harlem underground jazz clubs…


  • Jazz / Rhythm n’ Blues ( RnB) forbidden in the US under Segregation so the records were sent to the UK.

  • British people fed up with traditional British ballroom music

  • New British citizens from the Carribeans / ‘rude’ boys fashion and mentalities

Don Lett’s reading comprehension.

Black Teenager in an alien culture

Born in England from Carribean parents / his brother Derrick came later on from Jamaica / he was a ‘rude’ boy / gang member in Jamaica / influenced / introduced Don to sex, drugs and rock n’ roll

>> created a sub-culture

Contrary to their parents who tried to adapt / integrate / become ‘Anglicized’ / more British / to hide their Jamaican roots and identity, Don and Derrick were proud of their Jamaican roots / they boasted their Black identity / showed off their Jamaican origins / they rebelled.

>> inevitable culture clash between teenagers who need their independence / their own style while parents have to feed their family, go to work and adapt to British values.

They didn’t fit in / they struggled.

  • To be fed up with: en avoir assez de

  • To fit in: s’adapter à / not to fit in: faire tâche

  • To struggle to do sthg : galérer à faire qqchose / se débattre avec

  • own: propre ‘own style’ son propre style

  • to be proud of: être fier de

  • roots: racines

  • alien: foreigner (étranger)

  • to show off: revandiquer / crâner

Ska music

  • celebration of freedom from slavery

  • set the dancefloor on fire / huge sound systems / heavy bass line

  • both Black & Whit rebel teenagers identified with Ska

  • alien in Brit culture > paradoc between Black / Carribean rebel ‘rude’ style and strict British values

What makes up a style?

  • Origins / roots / Jamaica

  • rebellion / subversion of moral codes

  • change in fashion / new look

HW Present Soul / Ska & Reggea common points & differences.

Check out videos on blog.


Team 1- What is soul? What’s a ‘classic sould voice’?

Culture / attitude

music genre / that moves you / dates back to 50s in Britain

origins of soul :

_ Gospel / Jazz from America & slave songs

_ Carribean influence from Barbados & Jamaica

not for or by only Black people > also for and by white people

penetrates your soul (âme)

powerful music

Team 2- 2 white British singers react to soul.

Give their opinion / maybe inspired by soul music

Team 3- Carribean immigrants and social changes.

  • Brought new styles./ came from West Indies / Carribean Islands

beautiful black voices and experimentations

  • new British citizens and they played music very loud in their home at night

neighbours complained about the noise / they called the police

  • attracted hate and violence « Blacks go Home »

  • Tensed situation in London, Notting Hill > Notting Hill carnival / 1958 violent riots happened

no dance halls / equipment taken by police / police raids & petrol bombs > race riots in 1960s

  • Opposed to / Whereas in Newcastle > peaceful /

common issues of low salaries & poor conditions.

Team 4- White teenagers and race riots.

In 1958 there were riots at 10 pm in London, in Notting Hill. 5 000 white rioters wanted to kill Black people / West Indian / Caribbean people.

They shouted « Go back to your country ! » and they threw petrol bombs so the houses were on fire.

Carribean house parties with loud music were blamed for the noise.

Team 5- My grand father was a slave.

E. Brudon’s grand father was considered as a slave because he worked in a coal mine and in coal mines miners are covered

in suit / black and when he went to the pub and drank beer his lips were clean so he looked like Black people. (to be drunk : être bourré)

He listened to Gospel music in churches because in Newcastle there were Black churches.

Gospel music is at the orgin of soul music. The British working class had the same issues as Black minorities so in Newcastle there aren’t any tensions at the beginning.

Reading Comprehension – A Black teenager in an alien culture

Don Letts was second generation Jamaican teenager / his brother came from Jamaica after his parents and

his parents were first generation immigrants. ‘not really working out’ ‘ tried to be anglicised’ > parents’ integration was difficult and not successful. Don Letts suffered from racism / he felt ‘alien’ / like a foreigner .

Derrick wanted to be part of British society but he rebelled and had a ‘rude’ lifestyle.

Don and Derrick got on well, Derrick showed Don the ‘delights of life’ / how to have a good time / musical and style / attitude reference for his younger brother. Don & Derrick vs their parents > opposition / confrontation / contrast / gap (fossé)

Derrich was proud of his Jamaicans roots (racines)/ he showed off (crânait) whereas his parents were quiet and tried to look like English / they didn’t fit in. (faisaient tjrs tache)

HW for Wednesday finsish q. 4 – 5 on Black alien / Make sense 1. 3 extracts.