Expedia (YouTube Channel), “San Francisco Vacation Travel Guide”

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The Video

Expedia is a leading online travel company offering informed videos for tourists featuring cities from all over the world. This video features the jewel of the US West Coast, San Francisco, with the narrator talking us through the scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities and world-class cuisine this popular Californian destination has to offer.

Level and Language Focus

As a video with a potentially large ESL audience, the narration is slow and very clear for English learners. Adapting activities to suit your class (the use of the script, subtitles etc.), you can use this video with classes of levels intermediate and upper intermediate.

The worksheet below concentrates on the grammar of quantifiers used throughout the video. Quantifiers are usually studied at most levels with increasing difficulty as the student progresses.

Worksheet

thumb Download the accompanying worksheet here:San Francisco WS (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

Watch the video freely through YouTube.

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On Demand News (YouTube Channel), Nelson Mandela Tribute

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The Video

This is a six-minute tribute to Nelson Mandela from online news source ODN.

The clip gives a short narration of Mandela’s long journey from his first TV interview in 1961, his incarceration and through to his success as South African President. Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Annie Lennox and Will Smith all provide fitting tributes.

Level and Language Focus

The narration in the video is fairly slow and easy to follow, the vocabulary a little more challenging. It would work well in an intermediate or upper intermediate class, and you could consider it for a good pre-intermediate class with a little more support.

The main language focus of the video is past simple and could provide a good introduction if you are reviewing past tenses. Using the worksheet below, you can practise vocabulary associated with characteristics and adjectives to describe personality.

A good follow on activity would be to have students prepare their own tribute to someone who has inspired them in order to give presentations in a future class.

Worksheet
A worksheet can be found here:
Nelson Mandela handout (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

Watch the video over at YouTube.