You can also create your own blog as I did, thanks to Julia’s help, in order to post docts and videos that students can visualize easily
I can see you have found your way around. I am resending invitations to join to everybody again. I agree with you on what you say about the first impression. Classrooms very user-unfriendly, loos, no comments! But students OK.
How did you manage to do the exercises without the book ? Some of my students say it is sold out!
Hope to read you soon!
here I am
Rous here. In case I didn’t introduce myself to your already, I’m from Australia where I was originally a researcher at my university, then a judge’s associate, and finally a graduate lawyer in a firm before moving to Paris. This year I’m teaching Law of England & Wales as well as US Law & Politics.
My friends have asked me “How can you lecture these courses not being English or American?” Luckily I come from a far away country which, about 100 years ago when it was created, decided to create a legal system combining the best constitutional elements of the US and the inherited common law tradition of the UK. People often refer to it as the ‘Washminster’ system of government because it’s a combination of Washington and Westiminster (credit there to my secondary college legal studies teacher Mr Sharp). I guess if you said ‘Westington’ people may think you were referring to a brand of household appliances.
How was my first couple of weeks?
I was surprised to find the classrooms predominantly equipped with blackboards, and I imagined myself for a few minutes as the beleaguered teacher from Truffaut’s nouvelle vague film Les Quatre Cents Coups who attempts to teach the Parisian schoolkids to say the English ‘th’ sound by instructing them to imagine that they have a lisp. Lots of students materialised and then disappeared and forgot their photos for their fiches and asked to change groups, but overall they are settling, gradually like tetris blocks, into a routine. Many were surprised, but not unreceptive, to my exhortation to read assigned pages from the textbook before class so that we can discuss their newly acquired knowledge and hopefully secure their understanding, and a few have been enthusiastic to begin watching the American series The West Wing as a way to acquire a general familiarity with American federal politics. I’ve had to check myself periodically to ensure that I explain, especially more difficult points, at a moderate pace so as not to lose my students in what can be a ‘marais’ of new and difficult words.
Overall they’re a nice bunch and they seem to be enjoying it, as I certainly am.