GQ’s Most Expensivest S*** (YouTube Channel), “What Does a $295 Burger Taste Like?”

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The Video

A rather different offering this time in GQ’s multi-million viewed series, the dubiously titled “Most Expensivest S***”. Far from formal, we join extravagant rapper 2 Chainz in learning about Le Burger Extravagant; a $295 offering from a fancy New York restaurant.

A rare glimpse into how the other half live, this video is bound to provoke a reaction in class. Designed for an exclusively adult audience, the video features numerous expletives.

Level and Language Focus

If your student(s) are after challenging accents then 2 Chainz is certainly coming up with the goods. The video is a good way to explore difficult accents in that a lot of what he says is either repeating or repeated by the chef who is relatively easier to understand (to a non-native speaker, at least)!  Given this challenging aspect to the diction, we recommend you only use this video with upper intermediate students who are want a challenge, up to advanced.

The worksheet below also features an activity to explore the colloquial language/slang used in the video.

Worksheet

thumb Download the worksheet here: most-expensive-burger

Availability 

Watch the video over 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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Miranda (BBC, UK), “Before I Die” (S02E02)

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The Video

Miranda is one of the BBC’s most popular comedy series. It follows the life of clumsy 30-something Miranda, as she looks for love and fulfilment in a world where she never really fits in. A feel-good comedy for adult classes, Miranda mixes slapstick, visual comedy with cleverly constructed awkward social situations.

There is nothing especially offensive but the episode does have the slightest reference to sex, cervixes and uses one mildly offensive word.

There is one scene where Miranda visits a funeral and although injected straight through with comedy, could be a sensitive moment if you are aware of a recent death close to any of your students.

Level and Language Focus

As a TV series goes, Miranda is good for the ESL classroom due to a lot of her comedy deriving from the visual and not complicated word-play. However, we must still remember any TV series is going to be hard for an English learner.

We would recommend this video and accompanying worksheet for levels upper-intermediate and above. Under very controlled circumstances could you use this video with intermediate students, but it is always recommended that you watch the video with your students in mind before taking it into class.

The focus of the worksheet below is constructions with “get” of which there are numerous examples in the episode. The activity takes apart the different concepts that “get” can convey in English including phrasal verbs and passive “get”, then follows this up with a speaking exercise.

Worksheet

thumb Download the free worksheet here (Right Click, Save As…): Miranda Series 2

Availability

The best version of this episode is available via Daily Motion and there are also a few lower quality versions available through YouTube.

If you have access to Netflix, you may also find this episode is available through the service in certain countries.

 

BBC News (UK), “Arsenal coaches children fleeing war in Iraq”

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The Video

The BBC news team joins Arsenal Ladies and England star Alex Scott as she travels to Iraq to see the work being done by Arsenal Academy together with Save The Children helping children affected by war through football.

This is a feel-good news story but some content could prove difficult for those who have been affected by war or violence and is therefore not recommended if you do not know your class too well.

Level and Language Focus

The narration is generally slow and clear, but with a few more difficult conversational sections and some non-English speech which has been subtitled.

The video is perfect if you have to cover a unit on sport in your course book/syllabus but you have a section of your class who are less than enthused about the subject. The worksheet highlights all the relevant football vocabulary as well as some general vocabulary.

Worksheet

A work sheet can be found at the link below (right click, save as…)

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Availability

You can watch the video via YouTube.

On Demand News (YouTube Channel), “Plastic-shirt-wearing Messi superfan gets a signed shirt”

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The Video

This is a short news feature about a young boy from Afghanistan who fashioned an Argentinian national team football shirt from a blue and white striped plastic bag inspired by his hero Leo Messi. The boy, who is from a deprived area, went viral eventually leading to Messi together with Unicef sending the boy the real article, much to his delight.

This is a short video at just over one minute. It might be a nice introduction to a class with the theme of sport or possibly, charity. Having much experience of using textbooks which feature a unit on sport, much to the disgruntlement of half the class, this video is connected to sport yet still enjoyable for the less sporty amongst us.

Level and Language Focus

The narration of the video is fairly slow and with the use of the worksheet below providing vocabulary support, the video could be used for a good pre-intermediate, intermediate or upper intermediate class.

Worksheet
A worksheet can be found here:
Mini Messi Worksheet (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

Watch the video on YouTube.