Room 101 (BBC, UK), Selected Clips

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The Videos

Room 101 is a BBC comedy series in which celebrities are invited to discuss their pet hates and persuade the host to put them in Room 101–the place where the world’s most foul evils are stored.

The four clips feature the popular UK comedians Ross Noble, Jason Manford, Phill Jupitus and Jack Whitehall. The show is clean, inoffensive and suitable for adult or teenage classes.

Level and Language Focus

The videos are a rewarding challenge for good upper intermediate groups, and are perfect for pre advanced and advanced classes.

The worksheet below looks at phrasal verbs using the particles “up” and “down” in relation to the video.

Worksheet

Find a worksheet connected to these videos here:

Phrasal Verbs Room 101 Worksheet (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

All the videos are available on YouTube: 1, 2, 3 & 4.

 
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show, “The Technology of Yesterday”

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The Video

Talk show favourite Ellen shows a flabbergasted group of youngster some of yesterdays most hip gadgets: a chunky 80s cell phone, a typewriter and an answer phone. Cheeky Ellen starts pulling the kids’ legs for a light-hearted bit of comedy.

Level and Language Focus

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

Ellen talks about both new and old gadgets so this video could be a good introduction to class about technology or computers.

Worksheet
A worksheet can be found here:

Ellen Worksheet (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

You can view the video on YouTube, or on her official website, both with the bonus of option subtitles.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, USA), “What is Your Password?”

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The Clip

In this humorous feature, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s crew hit the streets to see how many members of the general public will divulge their password to the world. We not only learn the passwords but find out just how generic the majority of them seem to be.

Level and Language Focus

This is a video that could be used with elementary and pre-intermediate groups, particularly if you start the video at 0:42 seconds cutting off the tricky beginning.

The worksheet is geared towards noting down personal information as a lot of the content of the video is slowly dictated. This being so the video would work well if you have a section in your book on the alphabet, dictation of email addresses/telephone numbers etc.

Worksheet

A worksheet can be found here:

Jimmy Kimmel (Right click, Save target as…)

 

Availability

You can view the video on YouTube

The Wright Stuff (Channel 5, UK) – Alternative Lifestyles

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The Clip

This is a UK morning debate programme in which “celebrity” guests, audience members and viewers discuss stories from the day’s news. This specific item concerns a city banker who gave up his London flat to live in the woods for a year. Starting with a short interview, the piece goes on to include opinions from the celebrity panel and viewers via the phone.

Level and Language Focus

The clip is good for learners as they have to listen to the studio interview, which is fairly easy to understand but then have the challenge of the phone callers, which is great practice for those who use the phone a lot in English.

With the vocabulary help provided by the worksheet below, the video could be used in an Upper Intermediate class, Pre-Advanced and Advanced level classes should also find the video stimulating with “part 2” proving particularly challenging.

Worksheet

A worksheet featuring some of the difficult vocabulary is available here: Alternative Lifestyles (Right click, Save Target As…)

A follow up activity to practice tenses is also available here: Alternative Lifestyle Role Card (Right click, Save Target As…)

Availability

The clip can be viewed on YouTube, part 1 and part 2.