jueves, 13 de enero de 2011
The News: Julian Assange, Hero or Troublemaker?
I thought we should bring the news into the classroom and who hasn´t heard about Julian Assange and/or WikiLeaks?
Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks, a controversial website which collects and posts highly classified documents and videos. As you may probably know, Julian Assange is being sought for questioning by US authorities. Right now, he has become a sort of celebrity -with the pros and cons that go with it; for example, here on the left you can see an ad of an Australian brand name of yoghourt (Julian Assange is Australian) using his image and his name.
In this video he talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, some of the things it has accomplished, and what drives him. This interview was recorded in July 2010; it´s about 20 minutes long and it will come in useful for our class in different ways. First of all, it will be good for listening practice: the conversation is in English but at home you may choose the language of the subtitles, most of the translations are complete (that´s why you´ll see 100% after the name of the language). We will work with some up-to-date vocabulary and issues, which is always useful for your general knowledge. And, finally, we´ll work on the comprehension questions I handed out in class
Now you´ve listened to him and you have learnt about his point of view, do you think you could explain this cartoon on the left? In case you can´t read the message, it says, "WikiLeaks, they´re putting lives at risk." I´d love to read what you make of it.