Assignment: Foreign Debate

Create a TV-style discussion in a foreign language, highlighting different views about a particular topic.


Suggested techniques

Pick a topic that's relevant to the country whose language is being spoken. This could be sports, politics, social affairs, or entertainment.

Have a panel of people representing different viewpoints.

Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate. You could do this as a studio presentation or lecture, and display the images on a screen behind the presenter, or else you can make the images go full-screen.

Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you're saying.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • The student is required to demonstrate fluency with the words required to describe topical events.
  • The student has to find out a little about the country they're learning about. Their choice of topic can then lead on to classroom discussion. Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Languages

Downloadable resources

A debate template with 4 characters standing at lecterns with a studio style backdrop and a video screen. Can be customized to suit a debate of any topic.

Click the link to download a Moviestorm movie template.

File size: 412KB


Installation instructions

Download the file and extract the zip folder to this location:

  • Vista, Windows 7, Macs: [Username]/Moviestorm/Movies
  • Windows XP: C:/Documents and Settings/[Username]/Moviestorm/Movies

Permission is granted to download, copy, and redistribute this page.

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