Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Rejection

This is a great video by Jia Jiang about how he turned rejection into success and worked through his fear of rejection. I find him very inspiring and hope that you and your students enjoy his talk as much as I did.

Pre- Discussion:

  1. What is rejection?
  2. When do we feel rejected?
  3. How do we deal with rejection when it happens?
  4. Do you agree with the statement, "Rejection can make us stronger?"

Post Discussion:

  1. Why did the speaker desire to beat rejection in his life?
  2. What did he begin to do in order to overcome rejection?
  3. How did he deal with rejection when it happened in his experiment?
  4. Do you agree with his way of handling rejection?
  5. Do you think you would try to do a similar experiment? Why or why not?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Can Money Buy Happiness?

This is an interesting topic for students to discuss because no matter what culture we come from, we would all probably like to get a bit more money.


  1. Do you believe that money can buy happiness?
  2. How much money would you need to make to live comfortably in your culture?
  3. What kinds of things do people with a lot of money buy?
  4. What kinds of things would you spend extra money on? Why?


  1. Do you agree with the idea that how you spend your money can increase your happiness?
  2. Do you agree that people should spend more money on travel and experiences than material things?
  3. If you had the choice of an amazing trip or an amazing car, what would you choose? Why?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Off Grid Living

The term "off grid" means only using electricity from renewable sources and living in the forest, building your own home, growing your own food and more. This trend has become very popular in American culture recently, and it is an interesting idea to see if our students would enjoy this type of lifestyle.

Image result for fouch homestead house
Pre Discussion:

  1. What would you do without electricity? How would you feel about it?
  2. Would you have better or worse relationships?
  3. Would you like to grow your own food?
  4. What if you had to build your own house, could you do it?

Post- Discussion:

  1. What were some of the good things that the woman stated about off grid living?
  2. What were some of the challenges?
  3. Do you think they will continue this lifestyle?
  4. After watching, do you think you would have the same challenges, or would you do better than them?
  5. Why do you think the "off grid" trend is becoming so popular with many Americans?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Growing Up

This is a touching video about what it's like for a parent to watch a child grow up into adulthood. It's  a great way to get students talking about relationships and connections between family members.


  1. Are you different now than you were as a child? 
  2. What good memories do you have with your family members?
  3. What are some good ways to make memories with family?

Post Discussion:

  1. What was the activity that the father used to connect with the daughter?
  2. Did/Do you have any activity like that in your family?
  3. What do you think the quote "What's Between Us, Connects Us." Means?
  4. Why would a commercial for window cleaners use this video?

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