My Blackberry Is Not Working

As a “mature” EFL teacher, I have fond memories of the classic comedy show “The Two Ronnies” on the BBC. Among their most famous sketches was one which took place in a hardware shop and is known simply as Four Candles. It was based entirely on complicated but very clever puns or double meanings. This week’s post is an updated version of that sketch starring the survivor of the original duo, Ronnie Corbett, but this time set in a fruit shop. It’s a little piece of scriptwriting genius, and I think I can guarantee that all students will get it from the brilliant opening exchange……

My Blackberry Is Not Working Teacher’s Notes

My Blackberry is Not Working Student Worksheet


I met Sophie Pietrucci, a teacher in Paris at  TESOL France at the beginning of November. She had also spotted the classroom potential of My Blackberry Is Not Working and made a worksheet, which you can find here:

My Blackberry Is Not Working by Sophie

Check out the space she has set up on nicenet (username and password: tesolswapshop) for teachers to share materials and links.

Thanks, Sophie!



6 Comments on “My Blackberry Is Not Working”

  1. annforeman says:

    Kieran Donaghy has put me onto your blog. Really glad that he has! Loved your content on thought you lesson plan excellent. TeachingEnglish facebook page if you’d like to check there for comments.

    Please feel free to post on the page whenever you have anything you’d like to share.



    • says:

      Hi Ann
      Thanks for your kind words. I was wondering where all our visitors were coming from today. Now I know!
      I’ll be sure to post on the Teaching English Facebook page when I have something else to share.
      All the best

  2. Choosing this clip proves your excellent taste and good eye for materials. This has been one of my favourites last year. I feel so lucky I found your blog. Have just started reading it and cannot enjoy it more. Guess I am going to spend here long hours. Congratulations.

  3. Sarah Massingham says:

    Thanks for the idea / worksheet .. I love this sketch ,,,

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