|Source: a UKIP member's site!|
After realising that I didn't have a really good text with exercises on immigration, I managed to find a pdf of an article based on a report from the OECD on immigration and why it is beneficial. It hits the spot perfectly for A2 level, so I have uploaded it along with some exercises, translation and gap fill using Taskmagic. Given the public's often ill thought out views this issue and the nonsense published in rags like the Mail and Express I feel almost bound to get the issue properly explained to sixth-formers. This article does it effectively.
Just before the end of term I uploaded a few more texts, exercises and gap fills. You can find them all on http://www.frenchteacher.net. Topics include facebook and fashion (barbed clothes).
In the article, the OECD recommends that governments do what they have to to ease social tension between ethnic groups. Easier said than done. However, they really could be more courageous in explaining clearly to peoples why, with ageing populations, and in some countries low birth rates, we need immigration to maintain our standard of living. I wonder how our economy would survive without all those people working in care homes, cleaning, hotel and catering, IT, agriculture and the NHS.
One aspect of A-level teaching I enjoy is the fact that it is rather like teaching general studies through the medium of French. If you are willing to move away from text books and the specification from time to time, there is really interesting work to do.