Wednesday, December 14, 2016

English 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.

Please leave a comment on the video below! Start a discussion here on the ESL Commando!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

English Video Discussion - Sophia the Robot



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.

Pre- Discussion:
  1. Do you think robots will help or hurt our future? How?
  2. Do you agree that robots should do things that humans don't like to do (cleaning, cooking, etc.)
  3. Would you buy a human-like robot that could do those things you don't like? Why or why not?





Post Discussion:

  1. How do you feel about Sophia? Excited or scared?
  2. What would you do if she lived with you? What tasks would you give her?
  3. Do you think that she was serious at the end?
Please leave a comment on the video below! Start a discussion here on the ESL Commando!
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