So, I teach anglais over here in 中国 and tomorrow I have to give a lesson about predicting what will happen in the future to one of my classes. I got the idea of showing them random little viral vids from the internet that have unexpected endings. I'd show em like half then ask them what happens and show them the actual result.
So, any good vids you know of? Link 'em here. I need all you got, Hon OT dudes.
but do you want a good future as in a happy ending? or like earth got utterly destroyed?
I was thinking along the lines of, "Guy tries to jump between buildings on a motorcycle." I pause when he's mid air, ask what happens, then play and we see him fail miserably.
Stuff like that... not about like 2012 or ****.
Last edited by magnakaser; 02-10-2010 at 10:42 AM.
Too bad you didnt mean actual futurism, i could talk about that for ages and hand you elebinty gajillion walls of text on the topic.
there you go, tons of instances of "whats about to happen?"
the exact same instance every single time, but still good. Theres one with scary musix on it for added comedic effect.
Jaws theme song:
Generic scary musix:
and there you go
if you are looking for other types of stuff you need to be more specifix!
outstanding cat btw, must have been hard to train it.
EDIT: And yes, i know it doesnt have an unexpected ending, but its clearly a viral vid, so maybe it will satisfy your chinese urges.
Tomorrow is a little early now (has it happened?) but you could give them a little comic strip. The first 3-4 frames could be filled in, and then the final 2-3 are blank but with pictures there. It'd be their choice which dialogue could go in it.
That would be an interesting idea, but i dont think it would teach them much english.
Would be a good idea to remember for when they become advanced students though.
I use comic strips way too much, and actually used them just yesterday for a class about giving advice/tips, but it is a good idea! The kids go crazy with them so it's actually useful because they tend to push the limits of their English instead of being safe.
And, strangely enough, I think it's a more interesting activity with lower level English students. Advanced students try to make the most coherent thing they can, which is OK and they enjoy it, but they tend to make only very minor grammatical errors. Lower level students tend to do crazy stuff because they just throw together any English they know to get what they want to say across, so after being corrected they actually retain whatever incidental vocab I taught them better since it's based on what THEY wanted to say.
I should scan a few, sometimes they're pretty good.
And we will actually talk about futurism-y stuff today, but the class is maybe lower-intermediate level and I think it has a bit too much incidental vocabulary for them and predicting what will happen JUST ahead of where we are will teach them a bit more useful stuff. With the videos they can learn a lot of words that are useful and more common. They actually already know a lot of weird stuff about robots/space/the future in English from video games/movies/tv shows but don't know stuff like "fall down", which might be more useful for the moment.
Last edited by magnakaser; 02-10-2010 at 07:09 PM.
Ugh... the mirror I could use for youtube was harmonized since last night and my proxy ain't working. This is gonna suck!