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Vuvuzelas-Do they ruin the game?

Posted in ESL, Sport, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by EslImaginarium

The word ‘vuvuzela’ has to be the most controversial word that is buzzing around the world cup.

Everyone has an opinion about this word and it has been the topic hitting the headlines all over the world.

Such a heated topic is perfect for the ‘esl’ class and it will be interesting to see how it is effecting the students.

Recently there has been another ‘facebook’ protest page dedicated to banning the ‘vuvuzela’ from the World Cup.   The ‘facebook’ campaign states, ‘it sounds like a deafening mix of angry elephants trumpeting, a swarm of buzzing bees and a fog horn.’

FIFA- BAN THE ANNOYING VUVUZELA (HORN) FROM THE SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP !

May 27 – 173
June 3 – 228
June 8 – 235
June 11 – 4,046
June 12 – 23,198
June 13 – 80,216
June 14 – 139,110
June 15 – 194,778
June 16 – 249,000
June 17 – 267,880
June 18 – 280,352

As you can see the campaign is growing by the day.

Should we embrace this passion for the vuvuzela, which is a tool of cultural celebration and ask the protestors to buy ear plugs and shut up?

Or

Should this residule noise created by the bee flat hornet, which is spoiling our viewing pleasure be banned?

The Video clips:

Students watch the following clips and answer questions about each clip.

After watching the clips they have to write an opinion about the vuvuzela.

Please click below for the accompanied worksheet.

The Vuvuzela WORKSHEET


What is a vuvuzela?:

Cultural instrument?

Explain the Vuvuzela:

Reading comprehension exercise

Please click on the title below for the ‘guardian’ news article on the vuvuzela debate.  Students read the article and answer some questions about it.

Vuvuzela Reading Comprehension

Vuvuzela jokes are everywhere:  Here are a couple of funny clips to leave you with..

The Vuvuzela song:

Fellowship of the Vuvuzela:

I hope you liked the above activities.  If you have any other suggestions or opinions about the ‘vuvuzela’ then please write a comment below.

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ESL World Cup Fever (Extra time)

Posted in ESL, Sport, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by EslImaginarium

Bring out the vuvuzelas as the world cup has started and it’s time to join the party.

Here are a collection of my ‘World cup’ favourite clips so far:

The Host Nations Amazing Journey:

Click on the title below to download the accompanied worksheet.

Rainbow Nation

History Of Celebration:

Click on the title below to download the accompanied worksheet.

World Cup Celebrations

Snoop Dogg interview(Adidas Originals):

Show students the following interview with Snoop Dogg.

Ask the students if they know anything about Snoop Doggy Dog.

Inform the students that they have to try to write down as much as they remember from Snoops answers to the world cup questions.  Watch the clip a few times.

Click on the title below to download the accompanied worksheet:

Snoop Dogg Interview

Nike Write the future:

I would now like to leave you with my favourite world cup clip.  This is very impressive and really expresses the multi cultural aspect of the World Cup. The party has now started as we look forward to the excitement of this wonderful event.

ESL World cup fever (game 2)

Posted in ESL, Sport, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by EslImaginarium

Warm up exercise:

Some World cup warmer questions:

1.  Where and when was the last World Cup? Germany 2006

2.  Where and when is the next World Cup?  Brazil 2014

3.  How many years is there between each World Cup?  4 years

Questions to ask every day during the World Cup:

What countries played yesterday?

What were the scores?

What players scored?

What country is at the top/bottom of group x?

First half - Countries , flags & mascots

Word relay game:

Ask the students to make groups.

Ask the groups to stand in separate lines in front of the board.

The student at the front of the each group is given a pen/piece of chalk.

Students have to write down all the countries in the world cup.  The first student from each group writes a country and then passes the pen to the next in line.

Give the students a time limit(3 mins) and see how many countries they can write within the time limit.

Each group checks the ‘wordle’ to see how many words they managed to get and deduct points for wrong spellings.

World cup countries ‘Wordle’

Match the flag with the country

In groups the Students look at the flags and match the countries with their flags.  (Give the students a time limit)

Mascots

Ask the students what the mascot is for the South Africa World Cup.   Why do they think that a leopard was chosen to represent the world cup.

Ask the students if they can remember any previous world cup mascots and if they can, have them try to describe what they looked like.

Show students the picture of the previous mascots and ask them what country the mascot represents.

Click here for an article on the 10 dumbest World Cup mascots.

Answers: Goleo VI – Germany, Ato, Kaz & Nik – Korea & Japan, Footix – France, Stryker – USA, Ciao – Italy, Pique – Mexico, Naranjito – Spain, Gauchito – Argentina, Tip & Tap – West Germany, Juanito- Mexico, Willy – England

Ask the students what their favourite ‘mascot’ is and why.  Find out which is the most popular mascot within your class.

Students have to design a mascot to represent their own country.

Groups

Divide the class into teams.  Ask the students if they know what countries are in each group.  Have a contest to see which team can write the countries in each group correctly.

Second half  – Video dictation.

The alternative England anthem.

Watch the following video by the legendary; Mark E Smith.  His vocals are usually difficult to comprehend so it is very helpful that there are subtitles for the lyrics.  Ask the students to write down the words that they see.

Music video – ‘England’s Heartbeat ‘- Shuttleworth feat. Mark E. Smith

Extra time – Samurai Blue

If I haven’t already told you, the team I will be following this World Cup is shown in the clip below.

If only they were as strong as this:

What’s your prediction?

Ask your students who they predict to win the world cup and what team they think will actually win the world cup.  Put their predictions on the wall and check if they were correct at the end of the cup.

A British music magazine, ‘the NME’ recently did a feature on who the musicians predict will win the world cup. Click  here from some predictions by musicians.  Ask students to listen to the celebrities and have them write down the countries each artist thinks will win.

Sticker album

I have nostalgic memories of collecting stickers during the world cup when I was a wee boy.

I was always really excited to try and get as many stickers as possible.  It was always fun swapping stickers with friends.

You could hand out world cup country stickers every time a student answers a question correctly.  Give students stickers outside the classroom as well, if they ask you questions in English about the world cup.

I usually use images I find from ‘clipart’, laminate them and put double-sided tape on the back.  You could make a sticker sheet for the students to collect their stickers on.  MES English has a great selection of ideas for stickers and sticker sheets and has recently put up some great football stickers.

I hope you and your students enjoy the world cup and my lesson ;)

ESL World cup fever (game 1)

Posted in ESL, Sport, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by EslImaginarium

ESL World cup fever starts here:


1. How much do you know about your countries team?

Students are given quiz questions to try and answer.  You could turn the class room into a ‘question of sport’ style quiz show.  Divide the class into groups and ask one student from each group to stand.  The student who gives the correct answer first gets points for their teams.  If they don’t know the answer then pass to the next question.

At the end of the quiz the students watch the video clip to see what the correct answers are.

FIRST HALF – The quiz questions:

I live in Japan so I have created questions based on the Japanese football team.  Just adapt these questions to the country you are focusing on.

1.  How many of the last 5 Asian cups has Japan won?  3

2.  When was the J League launched? 1993

3.  When did Japan make their first World cup appearance? 1998

4.  How many times have they appeared in the World cup? 4 times

5.  What group are they in ? Group E

6.  What other teams are in Group E? Netherlands, Denmark & Cameroon

7.  What is the nickname of the team? ‘Samurai Blue’

8.  Who is Japans head coach? Takeshi Okada

9.  Who is the captain of the team? Yuji Nakazawa

10.  What team does he play for? Yokohama Marinos

11.  Who is the most capped player for Japan? Masami Ihara

12.  How many appearances has he made? 123

13.  Who is Japans all time leading goal scorer? Kunishige Kamamoto

14.  How many goals did he score? 75

15.  What is Japans current fifa ranking? 46

16.  When did Japan and South Korea host the World cup? 2002

17.  What is Takeshi Okada’s main target in this world cup?

To reach the semi finals.’

18.  Who will they play their first game against? Cameroon

19.  When will they play their first game?  June 14th


Second Half  - The video clip:

When the students have been given enough time to answer the questions they check their answers by watching the following clip:

For a similar introduction clip to the other teams in the world cup then click here.

For more information on the team and material for a possible reading exercise then check out the BBC team guide here.

Extra time – project ideas:

Project idea :  Divide the students into groups and ask each group to choose a different teams country to research.  Each group has to make a poster about the country.

Project idea 2 : Students make a wall chart of the World cup schedule and make sure that a different student updates the chart with the scores each day .

Penalty shoot out : A treat to leave you with until the next game

Daft Punk & Star Wars – The party starts here:

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