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. 


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?

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