Archive for June, 2010

Summer movies(What’s it to be?)

Posted in ESL, Movies, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by EslImaginarium

So it’s soon going to be time to go to your local multiplex to choose from an array of sequels, ‘trequels’ and jaw dropping extravagant budget, full-on action, mind numbing experiences.  Stock up on extortionately priced  sickly popcorn, choose an extra-large drink of caffeine and remember to switch of your I-phone so that the sound of tweets do not distract you from the eye candy that is attacking your mind.

So whats it to be????????

Let’s look at the rotten tomato guide to the most anticipated releases this summer;

Students listen and write what movie was the ‘yay’ and what was the ‘nay’ for each month.

The students use the following wordle to help them decide.

Yay    or     nay?(The answers)

May:       Robin Hood                                    Prince Of Persia

June:     Toy Story 3                                       Twilight

July:       Inception                                         Last Airbender

August:   Scott Pilgrim V’s The World        Eat Pray Love

Match the poster with the synopsis:

1. Make a slide show of movie posters or put the movie posters on the walls around the classroom.  Students have to match the following synopses with the posters.

Use the synopses from the movie site, IMDB

1. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” and dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, roller blading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties.

2. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare. So, it’s all for one and one for all as they join Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to plan their great escape.


3.Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one.


4.With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.


Survey Monkey

I recently learned about ‘survey monkey’ from another excellent Russell Stannard training video.  This application is excellent for conducting a questionnaire with your class and also for students to conduct their own questionnaires.  Here is my first attempt using this application.  I decided to conduct a summer movie survey. This survey gives the students an opportunity to express their opinion.  When all the students have answered the questionnaire you can make a popularity chart with the statistics and also look at the different sentences the students made.

Please click here to view it and if you have time feel free to try it out.

Click here to take this survey

(If enough people take this survey then I will publish the results in a future post.)

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Selling the lists of life

Posted in ESL, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by EslImaginarium

Music clip: Quadron – Buster Keaton

Ask the students to watch the music video and write down the words they see.( The words start after 50 secs)

Play this music video a few times:

Tell the students that we are now going to use some of these phrases and words to discuss and debate issues. Students have to check to see if they managed to find the words we focus on.

1. Advertising slogans

Look at the following slogans from the music clip:

stay fresh!!!   Ready to shine    A new star     driven by desire      be cool    dream catcher

These positive slogans could all be used to advertise a product.

What type of product do you think you could sell with each slogan?

Ask students to look at the following slogans and match them with the products.

Click here for a link to many ideas of popular advertising slogans

Slogans:

I’m Luvin’ it      Impossible is nothing     It’s the real thing     The best a man can get     Just do it

Product:

Gillette          McDonald’s          X-Box          Adidas          Coca-cola

Show the students the following slide show to check if they are correct:

In groups students think of a product and a catchy slogan to sell it.  Students make a poster of  their advertisement.

2. Lists

The following lists are shown in the music video(1.40)

Warning maybe NSFC (Not safe for the classroom)

This is only appropriate for adult students as the phrase “have sex with honey” may be considered inappropriate with less mature students.  I suppose it all depends on what your students are like and how you think they may react to this sentence.

Ask the students if they know what the word ‘breadwinner’ means.

‘One whose earnings are the primary source of support for one’s dependents.’

Ask the students who the breadwinner is in their family.

Ask the students to make pairs.  One students is given the ‘work list’ and the other student is given the ‘home list’.  Each student will read their list as a dictation and the other will write what they here.  They will each check to see if they managed to write down the list correctly.

Ask the students what their thoughts are about the female who made the list.

Ask what lists they tend to write during the week.(shopping/house work etc.)

Ask the students what is expected of them at home and at work.

‘They always want more’ (1.01)

Who in your life wants more?   Boss/ partner/friends/siblings

Students have to think about their expectations and write their own home/work list.

Students discuss their lists with the other students.

Homework idea:   Students bring a list they have made into the class.  Put all the lists into a box.  Give the lists back to the students making sure that they do not get back their own list.  Each student has to decide who the list belongs to and why.  Students present their findings to the class and discover if they are correct.

3. What is life to you?(2.39)

Students use this ‘wordle’ to think what life means to them now and what it meant  to them throughout the different stages of their life.  Use this as a basis for an essay topic.

Childhood (1.12)Teenagehood(3.14) adulthood (2.40)

Some other suggestion for the students to think about:

Time – Person of the year (2.20) – What award would you like to be given?

Think about the many contrasts throughout life (2.26) :

rise/fall    slower/faster   yes/ no

Can you think of other contrasts?

Using the title ‘What is life to you‘, students write a speech and then present it to the class.