This year I’ve started working in an innovative way with an advanced-level group of students. They improve their vocabulary and grammar as the topics we work with ask for, and we use videos to prompt speaking.

For example:

– An episode of The Big Bang Theory was the starting point of a long discussion on intelligence. We worked with the concept of intelligence, IQ and EQ and multiple intelligences.

– A TV series from the 1980s that I discovered not long ago and I loved, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, was very useful to describe British humour. We worked with all types of humour: cartoons, different types of graphic and oral jokes, and I decided to include something particular of the culture they are studying.

– One episode of my favourite TV series, Dr Who, will be used next week to describe time travel and the future.

Today, I came across these short clips that are not only awesome to watch but also very interesting to prompt discussion among your students.

– you see? It didn’t take too long for me to come back!


{July 2, 2010}   World Cup 2010

This year I’ve worked with some vocabulary related to football because of the World Cup. Have you done so, too? Here there are many activities that you may like to use with your students in this World Cup final week.

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