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.
Gudetama Transcript – PDF
Gudetama Transcript – Word
Continue reading “GUDETAMA”
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
Screen Time Lesson-PDF
Screen Time Transcript-PDF
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
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
In this beautiful animated stop motion short by Tom and Hani, a girl is having trouble giving up on childhood. She wants to stay with her toys. Students will discuss the movie, childhood memories, growing up and, with the grammar ‘used to’ tell others about how life and they were different when they were children.
- Start with the warm up picture worksheet
- Introduce the movie with the worksheet and discuss
- Watch movie
- Follow up with more discussion questions
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Childhood WarmUp Photos – Word
Childhood WarmUp Photos – PDF
Lili Lesson Plan – Word
Lili Lesson Plan – PDF
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.
Wales Worksheet PDF
Wales Worksheet Word
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?
In this video from Al Jazeera English they show and talk about the national sport of Niger – wrestling. Students will discuss sport, practice and preparation. This is an easy class, suitable for lower level students.
Niger Wrestlers Face Off in Championship Event
Photo by Joris-Jan van den Boom on Flickr
In this lesson students will watch and discuss a video from the BBC about animal conservation and protection efforts with Rhinos in Africa.
RhinoCam – Worksheet
In this lesson students will discuss video games and design. In this video from Vox, Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto discusses why he thinks his designs are so special.
How the inventor of Mario designs a game – Worksheet
Mario picture from Orçun AÇIK on Flickr
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.
Good Girls : Siberia
Picture ‘Reindeer’ from Dab Derrett on Flickr