Saturday, January 14, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Technology and Privacy

This short film is a great discussion starter that asks students to think about the advancement of technology and the problems it could create with privacy and personal information. It uses science fiction and the future to help students think critically about where technological advances are headed.

Pre-Discussion (Before the video):

  1. Do you give away a lot of personal information when using social media?  For example, do you give your age, hometown, job, college, etc.?
  2. What is more important to you, security or privacy? If you had to choose one, what would you choose?
  3. Are you worried that our privacy is in danger from sites that collect our information?

Now watch the video: (WARNING, there is a four letter curse word (sh*t) in the video, so showing to young kids may not be preferred).

Sight from Robot Genius on Vimeo.

Post Discussion:
  1. Why did the man want to date the girl?
  2. What was his job?
  3. Why did the girl stop at the end of the video?"?
  4. Would you use this technology?
  5. Would you be okay if your date used this technology?
  6. What's a benefit of"Sight?"
  7. What's a disadvantage (negative thing) about "Sight?"
Let me know what you think of the video  and discuss the questions
with your comments below. 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ESL Video Discussion - Cell Phones, Good or Bad?

This series of ESL listening and discussion posts will give students and teachers something to talk about. I love to use short films to spur discussion and helps students to think critically about culture, technology, education, relationships and more. These posts are an effort to engage students in group discussion. Most of the videos I will post will be less than 10 minutes. They will come some discussion questions, but teachers can easily adapt the questions to their lessons.

The topic of this short film called "Glue" is cell phones and their effect on relationships. Most of my students can relate to this idea and think this video is hilarious. I think you will too. It's a great conversation starter and a really good concept.


Preview Questions:

  1. How do you feel about your cell phone?
  2. Would you ever give it up? Why or why not?
  3. What would you give it up for?


Glue from Bo Mirosseni on Vimeo.

After watching:

  1. How would you have reacted if someone you loved had smashed your cell phone?
  2. Would you forgive that person?
  3. Would you have done the same thing that the man did in the video? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think technology brings us closer in relationships or pulls us apart?
I hope you enjoyed this video. I will be posting more of these discussions with videos in the same format with pre and post video questions.



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

ESL Video Listening - Sophia the Robot Wants to Destroy Humans?



This is a great conversation starter and a very interesting way to discuss technology. Watch the video and answer the questions in order to learn more about this robot and her scary words at the end of the video. Do you think that she was serious?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Learn English Through Music

Have you ever wanted to learn English in a fun, easy way? Do you like music? Would you like to learn English while getting to hear your favorite English songs? Well, now you can with Lyrics Training. This post will focus on reviewing the usefulness of Lyrics Training for ESL and EFL learners as well as teachers.  I recently gave a presentation on this application at TESOL 2015 in Toronto.

This website allows students to competitively do fill in the blank exercises from popular songs.


It has a  great search feature with many great songs from many genres, or you can browse a list of different musical styles. It even has movie clips and talks as well. 


It is a best to sign up for the website, as this allows you to keep your scores, invite friends, and compare your standing to other players.

After signing up, you can choose a difficulty level, which is based upon how many words that you want to be deleted. Beginner has 10% of the words removed, while Expert has all blanks.





The game has two types of games: write mode and choice mode. For ESL beginners, I recommend choice mode as it is much easier and allows for quick word recognition practice without worrying about typing ability.



As you play the game, if you do not get the answer, the time runs out and you have to start again. If you have to, you can get help by pressing the arrow button in right hand corner, but that lowers your score in the end. When you finish, you can see your scores on a dashboard with three tiers of scoring: the world, my country, and my friends. 

This is where I believe that this tool could be most helpful for teachers and students. Students could challenge each other to a "lyric off" and see who gets the highest score using the same modes. The teacher could post a link to a desired video and then have a game in which all students participate. 

Also, there is a sign up feature in which teachers could make their own lyrics training games. The one drawback to this is that the teacher cannot choose which words will be deleted. This is automatically done by the teacher. Also, if you want someone to review your lyrics before publishing, you will have to wait a while as they only have a few people working on the website. 

Overall, this is a great tool to engage, motivate, and challenge students to improve their English. I enjoy it and have used it to help create a listening lab at our school. Also, I plan to use it to help me to learn more other languages in the future!  Let me know what you think of it!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Best Way to Open a Presentation with a Question - Video

Questions are always given as a solid way to start a presentation or an essay. However, there are some questions that gain the attention of the audience much better than others. This short video will teach you how to take a boring question and make it a good one.

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