Added on Jan 4, 2014: Handout for a positive gender discussion (3 pages)
The aim of our discussion on topics is to exchange information, experiences and reasoned opinions. You must surely have some info, have had some experience on the issue and have opinions about issues connected to the topic.
Before the discussion we need to be clear of the points we wish to put forward, so we will have some time to work in small groups with mini-discussions: in turns, make your points and then discuss your ideas. During the plenary discussion there will be a round for people/groups to present their points (somebody can report, as a rep, especially if the rest plan to take part in the plenary discussion). After we have listened to everybody, we can start discussing: contrasting, investigating ideas.
NB: Take notes during the discussion. To remember later (you’ll forget at some point, even if you think you won’t!) and to avoid interrupting. And take part. Don’t think you have nothing interesting to say. It’s absurd. And even if that were true, you are here to practice your English! :PAfter the discussion, we should find some time to meditate. It’d be great if you could write something about it, for instance, a reasoned opinion on some point of your interest (80-150 words).