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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