GUDETAMA

In this video from Vox they discuss what has made the Japanese Sanrio character Gudetama so popular, They talk about how and why Japanese Kawaii culture developed and how the Japanese notion of cuteness isn’t as simple as the ideas of good and evil in American culture.

Students will discuss characters, cuteness and the stress of modern life.

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Gudetama Transcript – PDF

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Goosebumps – NPR

In this lesson based on a video from NPR Skunkbear they talk about why we still get goosebumps although they have no purpose. Students will talk about fears and react to quotes from famous people on the subject of fear.

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Why Do We Get Goosebumps WORD

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For Kids, How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

In this video, from NPR advice is given on how to best use smart phones with children. However, the advice is good for people of any age. In the lesson plan students will discuss differences in life over the past five years, how they use time and their relationships with screens. Enjoy!

Screen Time Lesson-Word

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Strawberries Will Save The World

This is documentary by Yoko Okumura about her mother, Yuko. Yuko is obsessed by strawberries. she loves them and loving strawberries can save the world. The passion for strawberries is real and you can feel it when Yuko talks about her favorite fruit. Students will of course discuss fruit but also passions and what makes them happy. 

Strawberries Will Save the World – Word File

Strawberries Will Save the World – PDF File

Strawberries Will Save the World – Transcript – Word File

Strawberries Will Save the World – Transcript – PDF File

 

The Dogist

This video by E.J. McLeavey-Fisher is about an Instagramer who takes pictures of dogs in New York. In the film the Instagramer explains how he gets nice pictures of dogs and why he enjoys doing it. Students will discuss pets, Instagram and what they would do if they suddenly had a lot of free time. 

The Dogist -Lesson PDF

The Dogist -Lesson Word File

The Dogist – Transcript PDF

The Dogist – Transcript Word

 

Dog image by A_Peach on Flickr

 

Wales – Lonely Planet

In this video from Lonely Planet they explore what to do on a trip to Wales. Students will discuss travel and what there is to do in there own countries on holiday. Discussion, vocabulary and listening questions on the worksheets in both Word and PDF. Full transcript of the video.

WalesTranscript PDF

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What do you think is a very beautiful natural place to go on holiday in your country?

Where do you want to go on holiday next? Why?

What is your dream holiday? What do you want to do?

Do you prefer a relaxing or active vacation? Why?

What area’s or place’s local food and drink do you like?

Which city is your favorite to visit? How come?

Do you prefer to go to hot or cold countries on holiday?

 

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Good Girls – Siberia

In this short film from the BBC a woman living in Siberia discusses why she likes her traditional way of life and what she feels she should do to be a ‘good girl’. This is a one page short lesson that is suitable for lower level students. There is no transcript because subtitles are on the video.

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Picture ‘Reindeer’ from Dab Derrett on Flickr