Thursday, March 9, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Fear

This short film is for those who like a mystery and a bit scary for some, but it has great English listening practice at a slow pace. The narrator speaks very clearly and slowly, which keeps the story very interesting and understandable.



Pre-Discussion: Key Word - Phobia (Very Strong Fear of Something)

  1. What makes you the most afraid? 
  2. Did anything cause you to have those fears?
  3. What happens when you feel afraid? What do you do? 



Post Discussion:

  1. Why did Francis go out  into the lake?
  2. What would you have done if you were Francis in the middle of the lake? 
  3. What do you think happened to Francis? 
  4. What did the writing in the journal mean?


Monday, February 20, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - True Love

This a sweet story that shows the meaning of true love. It is narrated with a poem that should make it easier for English learners, and I highly recommend it.



  1. What do you think true love is?
  2. How do people in your family show love to each other?
  3. What would you do to show someone you love him or her?


The Man at the Counter from Brian McAllister on Vimeo.

Post-Discussion:
  1. Why did the boy ask about the sugar?
  2. Do you agree with the boy asking the question about the sugar? Why or why not?
  3. What emotion did the boy feel after asking the question of the old man?
  4. How did the story show true love?
  5. What was the man who was speaking doing at the end of the video?
  6. Do you think this action was romantic?




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Grief and Loss

This is a moving video dealing with loss and grief. The poem that is read could be a great listening activity for students.



Pre-Discussion: (You may just want to skip straight to the video to avoid spoilers, and then use these questions after as well.) Click this link for the CLASSROOM DISCUSSION SHEET.

  1. How do people honor loved ones who have passed away around the world?
  2. What is a common way to remember loved ones?
  3. How do people cope with grief in different cultures?
NEW: CLOZE for prepositions. Download THIS WORKSHEET to have students practice listening for prepositions. Or, if you are a student, just write in the answers as you listen to the video.




Post discussion:

  1. Why was the man carrying the bag?
  2. Why did he go to very old places with his brother?
  3. What was in the bag?
  4. What did he do at the end? 
  5. Is this similar or different to what happens in your culture?Do you agree or disagree with the way they ended the story?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

ESL Video Discussion - Emotions and Communication


This is a cute short film about love and trying to communicate your feelings. It uses a bit of the southern accent and a song format, but it can be a great way to discuss cultural norms of communicating emotions.


Pre -Discussion:
  1. Do you like to communicate your feelings to others? Why or why not?
  2. What is the easiest emotion for you to express while communicating? Happiness? Sadness? Anger?
  3. Has there ever been a time in your life when you wish you would have shown your emotions better?
  4. How do people communicate love in your culture?
Keywords: Billboard (An advertisement on a high pole)


Love in the Time of Advertising from Love in the Time of Advertising on Vimeo.

Post - Discussion:

  1. What did the man use to communicate his love for the woman?
  2. What result did that form of communication have on the woman?
  3. Why do you think he just didn't come down from the billboard to talk to her?
  4. What would you have done if you were the man in the film? Why?
  5. What if you were the woman?  Why?








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. 


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