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Extra Speaking Ideas – using video clips

Language learning

Speaking class: 20-30 minutes

Level: upper intermediate/advanced

Learning goals:

  • talk about language learning
  • justifying opinions
  • talk about personal experiences when learning languages
  • use a video for context and develop a topic

Materials:

  • Set of questions related to language learning
  • Video: Polish grandpa learns English for Christmas: Allegro advert

Preparation activity

Discuss personal experiences with language learning; Have they been positive or negative?

Purpose: gather key vocabulary related to the topic e.g. pick up (a language) or get by in (a language)

Extended questions

  • What are the advantages of speaking more than one language when travelling?
  • Why do some people have more difficulty than others when learning a language?
  • How can the internet be useful when learning a language?
  • What problems might an advanced learner encounter?
  • To what extent do you agree that it is better to learn a language as a child?

Watch the video and think of themes/topics

Topics: family, time, entertainment/fun, age, immigration

Discuss the video and the feelings it provokes. Discuss why you think they made the video

 

The influence of the Internet

Speaking class: 20-30 minutes

Level: upper intermediate/advanced

Learning goals:

  • talk about the influence of the Internet on our lives
  • express reason and result
  • talk about personal experiences with the Internet
  • use a video for context and develop a topic

Materials:

  • Set of questions related to language learning
  • Video: Look up!

Preparation activity

Discuss personal experiences with the Internet and social media; How often do you use your mobile? Are you addicted to using the internet?

Purpose: gather vocabulary related to the topic e.g. Speak out, waste time, chat online etc.

Extended questions

  • What do you use the Internet for?
  • Which social media sites do you use?
  • When did you start using them?
  • Do you own a mobile phone?
  • Which do you prefer, chatting on the phone or face to face?
  • Is the use of mobiles and social media sites improving our lives?
  • How long do you spend using your mobile each day?
  • Does it annoy you when people constantly look at their phone when you are talking to them?

Watch the video and think of themes/topics

Topics: communication, time, social life, sharing of information, politics

Discuss the video and the effects social media or mobile phones have on modern society? Do they have a positive or negative influence?

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