MAIN AIMS Listening, using a dictionary, prediction and sentence transformations
SUITABLE FOR teens and adults, pre-advanced (B2.2) and above
Watch the video until the end – it doesn’t turn out to be as bad as you might expect!
MAIN ACTIVITIES Listening, discussion, vocabulary of animals and geographical features.
SUITABLE FOR Teens and adults, Intermediate (B1) and above
TEACHER’S NOTES (Click here for a pdf of the Teacher’s Notes.)
Display the second word cloud, which contains the song title. Did they get it right?
Tell them to draw a grid four squares by four squares. They choose sixteen words from the cloud and write one word in each square of their grid.
Play the video – sound only, with the screen blank. Students cross out each word they hear in their grid and afterwards compare what they heard / didn’t hear with a partner.
Display or hand out a copy of the lyrics so that students can see where their words appear in the song and check new vocabulary if necessary.
Put students in pairs and assign each pair two lines of the song. Tell them that they are going to think about images to include in a video for the song. What images will they include to illustrate their two lines? Encourage them to use the lines as a starting point. It isn’t enough to say “Some green trees and red roses.” (Describe the trees. Where are they? Any people? Who are they? What are they doing? etc.)
Give them a few minutes to come up with some ideas and then ask each pair to tell the rest of the class what images they agreed on.
Now play the video so that students can compare their images with the ones used in the video. How many can they remember? You could do this as a competition: put students in groups and get them to write down as many animals / geographical features as they can. Award two points for words they know in English and one point for words in their own language.
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.
Click here for the Teacher’s Notes