Paths Less Pedaled (YouTube Channel), “What is Bicycle Travel?”

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The Video

This is a short promotional video to try and get more people into the joys of cycling.

Level and Language Focus

The language in the video alone is suitable for use in intermediate and upper intermediate classes. Using the worksheet below you could extend the video and supporting activities to good pre intermediate classes.

The main grammar focus of the video is the use of gerunds after prepositions.

Worksheet

thumb  Download the worksheet here: Cycling.

Availability

Watch the video on YouTube.

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Starbucks Coffee (YouTube Channel), “Dan’s Everylove Story”

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The Video

This promotional film for Starbucks Coffee follows Dan in his mission to bring some joy (and coffee) to the patients at the cancer hospital where his father was treated. Every Thursday Dan visits the hospital to take orders then visits the local Starbucks and duly returns with the goods, all from his own pocket.

Level and Language Focus

As Dan explains how his mission started he uses would to describe his past habit (like used to) and this grammar is that is focused on in the worksheet below.

The video could be used with levels intermediate and upper intermediate.

Worksheet

thumb Download the worksheet here: Starbucks (Right Click, Save As…)

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Visa (TV Ad, USA), “More People Go With Visa”

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The Video

This is a television ad by Visa which seeks to inspire us to make some positive changes in our lives. The video has a modern feel with a pseudo philosophical twist designed to provoke reflection; a perfect starting point for class discussion.

Language Focus and Level

There is nothing complicated about the language in this video, the narration is also very slow. The video would be perfect for a pre-intermediate class, however, if you have a particularly enthusiastic elementary class you could try it with them too.

The video poses many questions using will, and is therefore a great introduction to this grammar. The worksheet below fully explains the use of will for predictions and resolutions.

Worksheet

thumb Download a worksheet connected to the video here: Visa Ad at turnitonenglish (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

Watch the video on YouTube.

Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, USA), “Size 12”

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The Video

Now on it’s fourth season, Inside Amy Schumer is an adult sketch series tackling the issues of the day. In this clip Amy visits a trendy clothing shop hoping to buy a t-shirt. What seems like a simple task suddenly goes from bad to worse as the store struggles to deal with any customers requiring a size larger than a toddler 3 and Amy visits the abyss to find something a little bigger, bumping into Lena Dunham in the process.

If you have a class which is primarily men, the experience in the video could be a little lost, however, there should be no reason why you couldn’t use this clip in any general adult class. There are a few cultural references specific to the USA, so if your objectives do not reach as far as cultural awareness, a different clip may be more suitable

Although there is only one bleeped expletive in the clip, one section of the accompanying worksheet does feature extracts from the comments section from YouTube using expletives. If you feel that this sort of language is unsuitable for your class you could perform your own censorship on the offending words with a marker pen.

Level and Language Focus

You can use this video with a good intermediate or upper intermediate class. There is some difficult vocabulary and cultural points but these are explained in the worksheet below.

Instead of a grammar focus, the accompanying worksheet sets up a debate on the topic introduced in the video.

Worksheet

thumb    Download the worksheet here: Inside Amy Schumer Size 12 (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

You can watch the video on YouTube.

 

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, USA), “A Time-Share Time Machine”

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The Video

The Big Bang Theory is an internationally popular American sitcom based around five nerds sharing a flat. In this clip, Leonard gets exited about a sci-fi film prop he sees on an online auction site and places a bid without really considering the full implications of his actions. When he is the successful winning bidder and the item is shipped to the boys’ apartment, they get a big shock, with “big” being the operative word!

A fun and inoffensive comedy series, The Big Bang Theory is perfect for most teenage and adult classrooms.

Level and Language Focus

Any learner with a level lower than strong upper intermediate will certainly struggle with the video. Pre advanced and advanced learners will definitely get something out of the video too.

The worksheet below introduces the grammar of should have and third conditional; both connected to the regret the boys feel when the time machine eventually turns up.

Worksheet

thumb A free worksheet is available here: The Big Bang Theory turnitonenglish (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

Watch the video over at YouTube.