Choice

Like last week, we’ve chosen another beautifully crafted video with spectacular images. Filmed by the production company Gnarly BayChoice is a visual poem which documents the filmmaker’s thoughts and emotions on a four-week holiday travelling around South Africa and Mozambique.

In class, students look at some collocations with the word choice, put them into practice in a speaking activity, and then work with the visuals before seeing the poem. Finally, we pull all the strands together when we watch the whole video and find out how the film got its name.

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Frozen Planet

This activity is based on Frozen Planet, the BBC/Discovery series which charts life at the furthest reaches of the globe. It’s so full of jaw-dropping visuals you’ll be hard pressed to pick out just one clip. We ended up choosing a world first – this is apparently the first ever complete filming of killer whales “wave washing” a seal.
The activities for this clip are a collaborative memory task before and while viewing. After viewing, pronunciation practice with the script to work on chunking, rhythm and stress. If you can get hold of the DVD, students can try to sound like David Attenborough, and if you’re using the American version on YouTube, Alec Baldwin is the model to copy.

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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.

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The Tea Song

For our second tea-themed post this month, we have another break-up, but this time all is well as there’s a cuppa at hand for the spurned lover. It’s a catchy song from a very funny ad that was filmed in just one take. Watch out for the zombie ending…

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Tea Leaves

Our drink of choice at allatc is definitely tea  - and not just because it rhymes with the name of the blog! So we’ve decided to dedicate our posts this month to the king of hot drinks, starting with this classic ad. Feel free to do them all as a thematically-linked set, or to dip in and out as the mood takes you. But always with a drop of milk and a biscuit…

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Hong Kong Honey

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In this lesson students watch a beautifully-filmed video about Hong Kong’s first urban beekeeper. The accompanying activities include a CAE-style multiple choice cloze, work on pronunciation, and discussion about food provenance. Click here for the Teacher’s Notes.

You can find out more about Hong Kong Honey here.


Chicken or the Egg

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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.


Mr Foley

This lesson is all about sound. Students see a clip in which a Foley artist explains how she made the sounds of a dinosaur hatching in Jurassic Park, and then they watch an award-winning short film in which a patient wakes up in hospital to find that his life is being soundtracked by two Foley artists and a string quartet. Throughout the lesson, there are lots of opportunities for both sound and non-sound related vocabulary to come up.

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Movie Trailers

The other day, I was browsing Lindsay Clanfield’s wonderful blog: http://sixthings.net/ and came across an idea for using movie trailers, which I’ve used as the starting point for this latest post. The activity originally appeared in the book he co-wrote with Nicky Hockly, “Teaching Online: Tools and Techniques, Options and Opportunites” (Delta Publishing). If you like Les Misérables, Skyfall and the Twilight saga, then this is one for you…..

 

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Food for Thought at TESOL Spain 2013

Thank you to the TESOL Spain team for organizing a great conference. As usual, I wish I could have split myself into two or more parts to get to all the talks I wanted to….

Here’s the handout for my talk. Thanks to everyone who came – I hope you enjoy using the activities.


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