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Summer Holidays & Vampire Weekends

Posted in ESL, Music, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by EslImaginarium

Summer is here and it’s not just the weather that changes.

Ask the students the following question:

How do we know it’s summer?

Where do people go during the summer holidays and what activities do they do?

Elicit summer words from the students and ask them to write the words on a piece of paper.

ex. ice cream, sunglasses, clothes, BBQ, music, movies blockbusters, festivals etc.

The Special guests in today’s class are Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend- Holiday

Students watch the following music video and check if the video contains any of their words.

Song lyrics:

Students watch the video several times and listen to the lyrics.  Give the students the worksheet below and ask them to fill in the gaps.

Vampire Weekend lyrics gap fill

Students check if they were correct by watching the following video with the song lyrics

Karaoke version:

Song meanings:

Ask the students what they think the song is about.

Show students what the band said about the song:

“The lyrics refer to a member of my family who gave up eating meat when we invaded Iraq. They were horrified by what was happening internationally and they lost their taste for meat. It wasn’t even necessarily an overt protest, it was a physical reaction.”

Ask the following questions:

What do you think about this reaction to war?

How did you react to the invasion of Iraq?

Have you ever done anything so drastic in reaction to something? (ex. death in family, failing exams etc.)

Summer party game:

I got the following activity from my great friend and fellow esl teacher, Jeremy.  It never fails to work and the students have lots of fun trying to figure out the secret rule.

Tell the students that you’re having a summer BBQ party and you are making a guest list.

Say that  you are bringing apples to the party.  Ask students what they will bring?

Students have to answer by saying ‘I will bring a _______’

The secret rule is that the next item must start with the next letter in the alphabet.

If they say, ‘I will bring a bottle of wine’ then the teacher will say ‘okay you can come to my party’ but if they say something that does not begin with b then say, ‘I’m sorry you can’t come’.  Write the list of the people who can come to your party.  Keep playing until all the students discover the rule and everyone joins the party.

You can make up other rules for this game.  The next item could start with the last letter of the previous item.  ex. I will bring chocolate, I will bring eggs.

Getting to know the band – Vampire Weekend Interview:

Ask students if this is the first time they have seen Vampire weekend.

Ask them what they thought about the song we played previously and the interview.

Video listening comprehension:

 Students listen to the interview and answer the questions on the worksheet below.

Vampire Weekend interview questions

Vampire Weekend – Giving up the gun

Tennis is officially cool with this video, featuring RZA and Jake Gyllenhaal.  If only ‘Wimbledon’ was this exciting

Students questions:

1.How many times do you see the girl in red hitting the tennis ball?

I counted 22.

Read the following passage:

The heroine of the video isn’t an amazing tennis player, but she has heart. She stays calm despite the unfairness of it all.  Giving Up the Gun centers around Jenny (a friend of Vampire Weekend) and a number of opponents whom she goes up against in several matches; there’s a samurai, a gigantic woman, Joe, and Jake (to name a few) and she beats all of them.

2.Do you remember a time when you didn’t give up, even when things were unfair?(write an anecdote)

Song meanings:

Ask the students what they think the song is about.

Show students what the band said about the song:

I got the idea for the song from a book my Dad gave me called Giving Up The Gun. It’s a history book about the time when Japan expelled all the foreigners from the country, closed off all trade, and stopped using guns and reverted back to the sword. It seems unimaginable now that humanity could willingly go back to an older technology. It got me thinking about whether you could give up the things that you have and go back to a simpler way of life.

If you were to give up something, what would it me?

How could you make your life more simple?

I hope you all have a wonderful summer.  Please let me know if you have any extra suggestions for this lesson.

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‘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.

It’s never “too little too late” for an esl date

Posted in ESL, Music, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by EslImaginarium

An esl Discussion of places and romantic dates

Music video; “Russia” – Ramona Falls

This song is perfect for talking about the perfect date and discussing places.

1. Elicit places where the students would go on a romantic date.

2. Elicit gifts they would take to their date.

Give students a copy of the  wordle and ask them to separate the words into the following categories:

1.  Where would you go on a romantic date?

2. What gifts would you buy?

Watch the music video

Students watch the movie and put the places and gifts in the order that they see them by writing a number next to the word on the wordle.

Ask Questions about the clip:

What does the female have on her jacket?     A red rose.

What colour is the females t-shirt?     Red and white.

What colour is the origami crane?     orange.

What does the female do to the origami crane?     She burns it.

What animal is at the fairground?     A frog.

What does the dog do to the female?     The toilet.

What does the female throw at the man?     A book.

What 4 activities does the man do to try to catch the female?

Running, swimming, cycling, riding a horse, riding a motorbike.

What is attached to the rope that the man attached around the females neck?     A piano.

How does the female escape from the church?     By helium balloons.

Make anecdotes:

Students write notes about the best and worst date they have had.

They practice talking about these dates to the other students.

Students discuss what would be the perfect date and about  the  meaning of the phrase; “too little too late”. ex. Have you ever been too little too late with a school project or exam.

Talking about places – fotobabble(First attempt)

Once again I headed to the website of the wonderful tech guru; Russell Stannard to find out how to use fotobabble.  It’s a very easy application to upload a photo and record your thoughts.  I think this would work wonderfully as a task for students, either as homework or a project in class time.

Click below to watch my first attempt at  ‘fotobabble’.

fireworks

Using the places in the video, students have to talk about their experiences at one of these places and record it on fotobabble.  Ask the students to choose a photo they have taken or have found on the internet

Here is a slideshow of the places featured in the vid: