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.

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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:

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.)

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.

The doodle-story CONTEST

Posted in ESL, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by EslImaginarium

Can you tell what it is yet?(said in your best Rolf Harris impression.)

I’m looking for more ideas for doodles with accompanying stories.

Prize – Some quirky Japanese origami paper all the way from Japan.

Click here for an example then inspire me with your own creativity:  Please be kind as this is my first attempt at sketch cast.

1. Watch Russell Stannard’s short training video to learn how ‘sketch cast’ works.
2. Sign up to ‘sketch cast’ and try it out.
3. Try to think of a story to accompany your sketch.
4. Subscribe to my blog
5. Send me a link of your masterpiece with your e.mail/blog address.
6. I will choose a winner and send some wonderful Origami from Japan.

I look forward to receiving your entries.

Closing date is 14th June so let’s get creative.

Here is the first entry by:

Susan Gowans (esl4word.wordpress.com): Click here.

Lesson Activity-“What is it?’

I usually teach ‘What is it?’ lessons by only drawing a small piece of a picture and then asking the students to guess what the picture is.  I continue to draw and stop at intervals until the students guess correctly or until the picture is fully complete.  The students are always captivated by this activity and will try their best to guess the correct answer.  Don’t worry if you are not the next Picasso as the students love to see hilariously bad drawings and it all adds to the fun of the activity

Here is a youtube clip which you could use for this activity.

[Play it with the sound down and stop the clip after a few seconds before asking the students: “What is it.”]

You could also play this with the volume up and ask students to listen to the description of how to draw the monkey.  Students draw something and then think about how they would describe ‘how to’ draw it to a friend .

Students are very talented artists(especially Japanese students) so they get really excited when I ask them to take the teaching position and do the drawing.

If you add a story to the drawing then it makes it even more interesting.(Click here)

At the end of the drawing ask the students to try to remember the story and write it down.  Ask the students to draw the picture beside the story.

Now for some last words from the legend that is ‘Rolf Harris

Quiz time- Questions about the clip:

Show the clip a few times and ask the students to concentrate on the dialogue and what is happening.

1. What is the name of the chocolate bar that Rolf is advertising? Whispa’.

2. What are they giving the people a chance to do? Get their message put up on billboards.

3. What did they send Rolf? A list of messages.

4. What did the chosen message make Rolf do?  It made him smile.

5. Which colours of paint does ‘Rolf’ paint with first?  Yellow and red.

6. What does the message on the street pole say?(0.37) ‘Beware smart’

7. How many people are taking photos with their mobile phones? 4 people.

8. What telephone number is on the crane? 0800 52 1595.

9. Did you see the girl wearing the bicycle helmet?  What was she doing? Talking on her mobile phone.

10. What does the message say?  To the one I love.  Jakie,  Marry me?   Love Phil.

11.  What did the pretend?  That he is taking her shopping.

12. Why did the winner enter the competition? Because he loves her and wants to marry her.

13. How many billboards will share your messages? Over 1000.

Describe Rolf– Using the clip describe what Rolf looks like and talk about his personality

Lets be creative:

Students have to design their own billboard message and explain their thoughts behind it.

Have a competition to decide the best billboard to display in the school.

‘Morph’ & ‘Pingu’ – The power of gestures

Posted in ESL, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by EslImaginarium

I loved watching the characters, ‘Morph’ and ‘Pingu’ when I was a child and even though I did not understand the ‘gobledygook’ language they spoke I was able to understand and find entertainment in their adventures.  The key to their success was their over emphasised gestures and humorous stories.  You can use the following lesson as an example of how important gestures are.

1. Morph

Morph – Bed Time

Students watch the following clip a few times before they are asked questions about it.

Questions about the clip

  1. What does ‘Morph’ want to do?     He wants to go to sleep.
  2. What does ‘Chas'(cream-coloured)want to do?    He wants to listen to music.
  3. What does the sign say on ‘Morph’s’ wooden pencil box?     ‘Please do not disturb’
  4. Why is ‘Morph’ not happy?     Because Chas is playing the music too loud.
  5. What is ‘Morph’s’ solution to the problem?     To put earphones on ‘Chas’.
  6. Why is ‘Morph’ still not happy?     Because ‘Chas’ continues to sing very loud.

Talk about a time when you could not get to sleep because you were distracted.  What did you do to try to get to sleep?  drink milk, count sheep etc.

Imagine that Morph and Chas could now speak English.  In pairs the students write down what you think that they are saying to each other in the clip. With the sound turned off  the students talk over the clip with their dialogue.  The class decides which pair had the best dialogue.

2. Pingu


Pingu – ‘Bouncing’

Students watch the following clip a few times before they are asked questions about it.

Stop the clip at 1.58 and ask the students ‘What do you think ‘Pingu’ and his father are going to make?’

Write up the suggestions and watch the clip to see if the students were correct.

wordle:

Students have to put in order the objects ‘Pingu’ jumped on.  They write a number next to the word.

Writing & discussion:

Write down what happens in the clip.

Why was ‘Pingu’s’ mother upset?

What did she do to punish ‘Pingu’?

Can you remember something naughty you did when you were a child?  How were you punished?

What do you think is the correct way to punish children when they do something wrong?

Write down some notes and form an anecdote about your childhood memory.

Talk to other students about your childhood experience.

Let’s perform:

Students form groups of 3.  Tell the students that ‘Pingu’s family can now speak English.  The students have to each choose a character from ‘pingu’ and write a dialogue for the clip they have just seen.  Students perform their dialogue with the sound turned off and the class decides who has the most original dialogue.

The power of gestures:


In groups the students write their own ‘Morph’ or ‘Pingu’ story.

They have to think about the gestures for their story.

The students perform their story using only gestures to tell the story.

The other students watch and  discuss what they thought about each performance.