The Bear and the Hare – a Christmas lesson plan

Take an occasionally controversial singer out of a short, self-imposed retirement, give her a Keane song to cover, add a bear, a hare and a beautifully crafted Christmas cartoon, mix with some activities focussing on listening, speaking and vocabulary development, and you have our Christmas lesson plan for this year.

Click here for the Teacher’s Notes.

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Chicken or the Egg

Image made using photos taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @gemmateaches, @KerrCarolyn, @eltpics, @sandymillin, @aClilToClimb, @YTatLE, @SerraRosali used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

In this lesson students attempt to answer the age-old question about the chicken and the egg before watching a video which has quite a different take on a chicken and egg situation.

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The film was made by Christine Kim and Elaine Wu and you can find out more about it on the Chicken or the Egg Facebook page.


Dumb Ways to Die

Happy New Year from allatc! In December just gone, three separate people sent this video and issued a challenge to do something with it – never something we were going to be able to resist! It’s very funny, full of wonderful vocabulary and has allowed us to make use of the fabulous eltpics website. It’s also our first blog post to use content from Australia – something long overdue. And it has a dance routine…

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MosaicImage made using photos taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @sandymillin, @cerirhiannon, @fionamau, @annapires, @sandymillin, @sandymillin, @mkofab, @dfogarty, @dfogarty, @teacherphili, @sandymillin, @thornburyscott, @sandymillin, @sonrisadelcampo, @yitzha_sarwono, @sandymillin, @sandymillin, @cgoodey, @theteacherjames, @ij64 used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/


The Snowmen

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Image made using photos taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/eltpics by @nutrich, @cgoodey, @thornburyscott, @steve_muir, @evaguti and @leoselivan used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

This time last year John Lewis released a sentimental advert featuring a boy who can’t wait to give his parents the perfect Christmas present, and we based a lesson plan on it. This year’s version is in a similar vein. Featuring a love-struck snowman, the ad contrasts nicely with the more irreverent take on the traditional Christmas commercial from the makers of  the infamous Scottish soft drink, Irn Bru, which we’ve also included in this activity.

Click here to find out what we did with it.

 


Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty

“Gritting my toothless gums in seething RAGE is what keeps my skin taut.”

“That’s what really annoys me about Twitter. Can’t do the disappointed sigh and the threatening silence just becomes –  silence”

“In the grand World Cup of life, I am of course in the group of death”.

These are just a few of the things Granny O’Grimm has to say on her  Twitter page . So when she reads Sleeping Beauty to her granddaughter, you can probably guess that it isn’t going to be the traditional take on the story.

In this lesson, students talk about some traditional fairy tales before watching the Oscar-nominated Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty. They then use their imagination (and / or memory)  to fill part of the story with adjectives before retelling in the style of Granny O’Grimm. Finally, they write the subtitles in their own language. If their language is Spanish, they can compare their version with one that has already been put on YouTube, and if not, they could go to overstream to subtitle the clip in their L1.

Click here for detailed Teacher’s Notes

For more about Granny O’Grimm, see her website . Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty was written by Kathleen O’Rourke , directed by Nicky Phelan, and produced by brownbagfilms.


Pigeon Impossible

I love activities which really push students’ vocabulary skills to the limit and help make them more aware of what exactly they can and can’t do. With that in mind, this kind of back-to-back viewing activity in pairs is a great example and can be done with almost any piece of film. But of course it’s better if it’s action-packed or funny or, in this case, both….

Pigeon Impossible Teacher’s Notes


Blind Date

This activity is based on the beautifully animated Aardman clip Blind Date. Apart from finding or downloading the clip, there’s no preparation required. The activity starts off with a vocabulary game and finishes with storytelling. Between the two, students watch the clip, order the vocabulary and predict the ending. I’ve done this activity with several classes over the last few months and they’ve all really enjoyed it.

Blind Date Teacher’s Notes


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