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Extra Speaking Ideas – using video clips

Speaking skills are essential in the learning of a language, what is important is to use various resources to keep the students interest and create conversation. We must try to challenge ourselves as language learners to speak about a variety of topics. Videos are a powerful too in the learning of a language.

 

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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?

 

False news

Speaking class: 20-30 minutes

Level: upper intermediate/advanced

Learning goals:

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

 

Materials:

  • Set of questions related to the news and communication
  • Video: False news

 

Preparation activity

Discuss personal experiences with the Internet and social media; How often do you watch the news? Is it important to check the sources of information?

Purpose: gather vocabulary related to the topic e.g. find out, research, take in, look out for etc.

 

Extended questions

  • Do you beleive everything you hear on the news?
  • Is the news mostly positive or negative in your country?
  • Is there anything that they shouldn´t include in the news?
  • How often do you watch the news on TV?
  • What is the best way to find out about the news?
  • What is your opinions of wikis?
  • How has the internet changed the way we find out about the news?
  • Which travels faster, the truth or lies?

 

Watch the video and think of themes/topics

 

Topics – communication, people and their lives, technology

Discuss the video and talk about how news travels. Why is so much of the information that we receive so unreliable. What is the best way to know if information is true or not?

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