US justice system: prosecutors | what is the bigger win … for all of us ? | ESL & ELT activities | speaking, vocabulary, listening & writing

When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time.

In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people’s lives for the better instead of ruining them.

ESL & ELT activities

1- speaking | topic for discussion:  the legal system in your country

2- vocabulary | if necessary use a monolingual dictionary | give definitions in English of the following words:

prosecutor – justice – law – court – crime – murder – jail – preventable – unfairness – investment – ill-equipped – parole – convictions – convict – arraign – felony – outdated – criminal records – legal

3- listening skills | watch the video and take notes

4- writing skills | opinion piece | using the vocabulary, ideas and notes from the previous exercises write an opinion piece on “our legal system” | 300 words

5- writing skills | review | write a video review and summarize its contents and topic | give your personal opinion and conclusion about what is said in the video | 200 words


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