A rare few times each year I tell my students we're having class in English. These are reserved for things like discussing the syllabus, learning about language acquisition, or the topic I explored with students this last week: Immigration.
We had just finished a week-long unit of the movie La Misma Luna. Students now all shared an emotional connection to several immigrants, most of them undocumented. I don't think it matters that they are fictional characters.
I always preface with the disclaimer that I will not judge opinions nor hold them against anyone if they were to disagree with my own. I ask and remind them to be civil, and open to listening to their classmates.
I quickly tell them why we are going to discuss this topic in English -- because I've found i...