Jamie’s Dream School (Channel 4, UK), “Cherie Blair’s Guide to Prison”

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The Video

This clip is taken from the documentary series, Jamie’s Dream School, in which celebrity chef Jamie Oliver enrols a group of struggling teenagers into a school in which all the lessons are taught by celebrity “specialists”, all of which are leaders in their field. Jamie has selected Human Rights lawyer and wife of ex-PM Tony Blair, Cherie, to open a debate on whether prisoners in the UK should have the right to vote.

Level and Language Focus

The video provides a range of different comprehension challenges. Cherie Blair, a professional speaker, is easy to understand, the pupils however prove a little more difficult. The worksheet below provides quite a good deal of transcript which could make the video more accessible to a good intermediate class. The video can also be used with upper intermediate and pre advanced classes.

The video is great for setting up a class debate. You could take the subject in the video or choose a different one. The grammar focus of the worksheet below is zero and first conditional in debates.

Since this debate is conducted in a high school with a group of teenagers, the video would work especially well in a young-learners class, but not exclusively.

Worksheet

worksheet thumb.JPG Download the free worksheet: Cherie Blair Human Rights Worksheet (right click, save as…)

Availability

You can watch the video on YouTube.

 

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC, USA), Donald Trump Interviews Himself

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The Video

Chat show host Jimmy Fallon dresses up as Donald Trump for this sketch in which Fallon conducts a spoof-interview with the man himself; the real Donald Trump.

This is a comedy video in which Trump is able to laugh along with Fallon’s cartoonish portrayal of him. There is nothing offensive in the video and it is suitable for all adult or possibly teenage audiences.

Level and Language Focus

The video can be used with levels intermediate and above. The vocabulary used is fairly basic but there are a few moments where the speech speeds up.

During the interview, Trump talks about policies he will introduce if he becomes president. Using the worksheet below, you could use this video to teach future tenses and forms and the first conditional.

Worksheet
A worksheet can be found here:

Availability

You can view the video on YouTube.

Self- Study
A riddle quiz is available here:
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You Bet (ITV, UK), “Tossing the Caber”

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The Video

You Bet! is a British game show in which celebrities bet on the ability of members of the public to win challenges, which they usually plan and rehearse many times, within a limited amount of time.

This particular challenge features the Scottish tradition of tossing the caber. This video can add a little excitement to classes of all ages.

Level and Language Focus

The language of the clip is not too complicated so it is recommendable for either intermediate or upper intermediate levels.

You can use the video to teach first conditionals or the future tense for predicting as the students must predict how well the men will do in the challenge. The worksheet below features first conditional activities.

Worksheet
A worksheet can be found here:
You Bet Caber Toss (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

You can view the video on YouTube.