Good Morning Britain (ITV, UK), “Dress Code Sexism”

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The Video

Since Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, his Celebrity Apprentice chum Piers Morgan has been stirring up controversy on Good Morning Britain, a breakfast magazine show in the UK.

Almost in perfect timing with Trump’s Dress Like a Woman  debacle, here Piers talks to Nicola Thorp, a woman who lost her job in a dispute over having to wear heels at work.

Language Focus and Level

Being a heated debate, this video is challenging on account of speed and the fact that the speakers sometimes talk over each other. The vocabulary used, however, is not that advanced and you could try this video with upper intermediate students and above.

The video is full of conditionals; zero conditional and second conditional are particularly prevalent and are highlighted in the worksheet below.

Also detailed in the worksheet, we have a section on the functional language of debates; agreeing/disagreeing, making a point etc. and a section on the pronunciation of the following phonemes:

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Worksheet

thumb  Download the worksheet here: Dress Code Sexism Worksheet

Availability

Watch the video over at YouTube.

Cameron Russell, (TED, ted.com), “Looks Aren’t Everything”

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The Video

Model Cameron Russell delivers a frank take on her industry, dispelling myths that we would all be happier if only we were a little skinnier. Perhaps the best part of the talk is when Russell deconstructs the tricks of the glamour world, showing us personal photos taken on the same days as sleek, professional snaps.

The talk has racked up over 10 million views on YouTube, 16 million on TED and would prove interesting to both a male and female audience. There is a professional tilt to the talk and the worksheet below extrapolates the language of giving presentations. There is also an extension task were you can set your student(s) up to give their own presentations on their respective industries.

Language Focus and Level

The main bulk of the talk is delivered in a clear, easily understandable manner and would be suitable for upper intermediate and above. There is extra vocabulary help included in the worksheet (below) and you always have the option of subtitles either through ted.com or YouTube.

There is a section in the worksheet dedicated to conditionals and how they can be used in presentations.

Worksheet

thumb  Download the worksheet here: Cameron Russell

Availability

You can access the video either through ted.com or 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.