This blog contains a series of movie segments to be used to brainstorm, warm up, follow up, and activate schemata, preparing the students for the topic that will be discussed in class. Here you will find the segments, the lesson plans, and varied topics to foster conversation. You may use the activities for a full two-hour class or they can be used separately to brainstorm or wrap up the topic, focusing on conversation, vocabulary and listening comprehension.
I love animated movies. This one has a beautiful story about friendship, admiration and fighting for your beliefs. Besides, it is a lovely scene.
I. Work with a partner. Make a list of at least 10 people both of you admire. Make sure they are all from different areas/fields.
II. Who have you most admired this year?Think about one person for each item below. Say who you admire and why.
A family member
A male celebrity
A female celebrity
A sports person
III. Share your list in small groups.
IV. Discuss the questions.
1. Who did you look up to / admire most when you were a child? Why did you have such admiration for that person?
2. Who do you look up to / admire most now?
3. Do you think you are a good role model?
4. Who do you think was a good / bad influence on you when you were a child?
5. Were you a good / bad influence on your friends?
V. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions.
1. Who is the role model in the segment?
2. Why is he so admirable?
3. Do you think he deserves the admiration? Why (not)?
4. How did he change the life of his admirers?
4. Do you know anyone who has a similar story of admiration? Share it with your friend. It does not have to be a surfer or a sports person.
Bringing energy and initiative to your job every day shows commitment.
Caring more about your work and your organization will show in the
results you produce. Showing commitment can demonstrate your leadership
potential to managers and lead to career opportunities.
1. Do you agree with this statement? What are some ways of showing commitment in your workplace?
2. He also mentions four different features of commitment. Write the item on the top of each of the following paragraphs
1. Putting customers first
3. Keep motivation strong
Attending to the details of your job demonstrates your understanding and respect for the workplace culture. For example, being punctual and prepared when at
work, respecting workplace property and policies or attending meetings
when expected shows that you can handle job obligations. Respecting
office rules regarding such things as dress code, personal phone use or
office romances shows maturity. Too many breeches of
workplace basics can undermine your credibility when your commitment
needs to shine. Going beyond basics by putting in extra hours, taking up
others’ slack and delivering extra service to others shows
Striving for satisfaction shows your commitment to your
employer’s objectives. Even if your job doesn’t involve interacting with
threm directly, your job plays a role in keeping your
organization’s clients base loyal and growing. Handling every task with
the idea fresh in your mind that your work impacts consumers, company
profits and your paycheck may also boost your pride in your work and
lead to improved job performance.
Making significant contributions to any group task shows
commitment to your work team. Displaying confidence in your ideas,
skills and solutions is a trait that employers value. Being a reliable
follower shows commitment to your team’s objectives and an understanding
of the part you play in a bigger picture. Taking leadership roles and
organizing team members to cooperate with each other, or collaborate
with other groups, shows a commitment to big picture achievement.
Keeping yourself and your co-workers or subordinates excited about the job can show your commitment to the overall challenges and demands of your
business. It can be challenging keeping up high performance standards. Encouraging
employees to develop new skills, improve operations and process or take
new risks to advance the business can awaken them,
suggests Michael A. Olguin in his “Inc.” article, “Worn Out Employees?
Five Ways to Crank Up the Energy.” Also, practicing and encouraging a
healthy balance between work and personal life shows commitment to
worker well-being that’s good for business.
II. Watch the segment and answer the questions:
1) What are the interviewer's feelings about the job? How committed is he?
2) What about the interviewee's feeling about the job?
3) What is the real situation of the the TV program, Daybreak? What is it about?
4) What does the candidate do to promote herself and be hired?
5) Which of the four different features of commitment in exercise 2 did you manage to see in the young professional looking for the job? Give concrete examples for each one of them, if it is the case.
We have been having a lot of news about Wikileaks on TV and it is hard to understand what they do, especially if you are not much into this kind of topic. However, it is an interesting and important issue, which can generate a great deal of conversation. It is a very current topic. I recommend it for adults only.
I. Read the text about Wikileaks below. Then retell it to a friend, using your own words.
WikiLeaks is an international non-profit online organisation which publishes secret information and classified media from anonymous sourcesThe group has released a number of significant documents which have become front-page news items. According to the WikiLeaks website, its goal is to bring important news and information to the public.Another of the organisation's goals is to ensure that journalists are not jailed for emailing sensitive or classified documents. The online "drop box" is described by the WikiLeaks website as "an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to WikiLeaks journalists". Because of the sensitive nature of most of the information available on Wikileaks, authenticity is not just assumed. The Wikileaks community carefully vets all submissions, making absolutely sure that the innocent are protected and that the information is both secure and authentic.
Why is Wikileaks so important? Wikileaks aims at being a safe place for airing documentation of corporate or governmental misdeeds. It is a safe haven for anyone, anywhere in the world, to submit sensitive information that can then beread by the public, with the ultimate aims being transparency and justice through public communication.
II. Divide the class into three groups. Group 1 reads THE GOOD, Group 2 reads THE BAD, and Group 3 reads THE UGLY.
THE GOOD: Complete transparency will not work in the industrial world but there is something to say for it in government. When government is dealing with its citizens, complete transparency ought to be the rule. Indeed, too much secrecy goes on in government regarding its dealings with citizens; otherwise, why would we need a Freedom of Information Act and be required to use it all the time in order to squeeze a little information out of the government? Unfortunately, this is not the secrecy that WikiLeaks exposed.
THE BAD: When you are dealing with opponents, it is certainly not in your interest to expose your strategies, your tactics or your private thoughts. Private industry understands this completely and its secrecy works to great advantage all the time. Take Apple as an example. Its product development secrecy makes for huge product launch successes. And if they didn’t do that? Their success would be diminished. In government, the same is true of opponents. Face it, the world is not made up of angels. There are evil people and even just plain people who want to protect their self-interest. To win against evil people or evil governments requires not sharing your strategies or tactics. When WikiLeaks shares all the inner thoughts, strategies and tactics with the world, the US negotiating position is severely weakened. The other parties have their secrets, but we have lost ours.
THE UGLY: If transparency were the rule in, say, State Department interactions, then people would have interacted differently. But State Department people felt that they could rely on secrecy to transmit their private thoughts and suggestions to their superiors and underlings. To have this trust broken is indeed ugly. With new technologies, people have to work around possible exposure. Emails are far from secure yet some people treated them as private conversations, much to their dismay when a court proceedings revealed everything. So people began using phone conversations hoping they were not tapped. Real security might only be found in one-on-one conversations in an open field. But most people using the “secure” system trusted that their conversations were private.
The State Department is one area, but the Defense Department is even more extreme. One cannot win wars without secrecy. The Chinese understood that 1000’s of years ago. And having WikiLeaks expose only one side’s secrets is only a way to assure defeat for that side. Because of the intention to do just that, the efforts of Assange and his organization are indeed treason. He must be prosecuted to the maximum extent and not just on rape charges.
This is a fascinating animated movie. The story is gripping and their assumptions witty. I hope you like it.
A stereotype is “...a fixed, over
generalized belief about a particular group or class of people.” (Cardwell, 1996). The use of stereotypes is a major way in which we
simplify our social world; since they reduce the amount of thinking we have to do when we meet a new person. By stereotyping
we infer that a person has a whole range of characteristics and
abilities that we assume all members of that group have. Stereotypes
lead to social categorization, which is one of the reasons for prejudice
attitudes. Most stereotypes
probably tend to convey a negative impression. Positive examples would
include judges (the phrase “sober as a judge” would suggest this is a
stereotype with a very respectable set of characteristics), overweight
people (who are often seen as “jolly”) and television newsreaders
(usually seen as highly dependable, respectable and impartial).
Negative stereotypes seem far more common, however.
I. Discuss the questions with a friend.
1. Based on the description above, how would you describe the stereotypes of the following groups of people?
Baianos (for Brazilians only)
2. If you were a person from another planet and you had to describe your stereotyped vision of human beings to the people from your planet, how would you describe us?
3. We also have a stereotyped vision of ETs. What is the image/characteristics of ETs?
4. Watch the movie segment and make a description of how humans are seen by the eyes of extra-terrestrials. Then decide which characteristics are true (or partially true) and why they have that point of view about us.
This is a classic. Funny and thrilling. It takes place in Astoria, Washington, USA. I spent a few days there a few years ago and had a great time with friends. The city is lovely, and so is the movie.
I. Work in Small groups. First read the way some countries celebrate Father's day and then try to match them with the country.
4) South Africa
( ) It is celebrated along with the birthday of
the King on December 5. The King is very much beloved
and considered 'The Father of the Nation.'
Tradition holds that everyone wears yellow on Father's Day, the
"official color" of Monday, the day of the week the King was born. The children start the day off by presenting their fathers with a Canna
flower, which is considered to be a masculine plant.
( ) It began in the Middle Ages as a religious procession. The
celebration in modern days usually begins with a Male's only hike
accompanied by wagons filled with regional food, beer and wine, which
are pulled by the men. The gentlemen party has taken
on a more urban tone, with men going to beer gardens to drink all day.
Father's Day is always celebrated the Thursday about 40 days
after Easter. They organize a group of dads who enjoy golf, cycling or even wine-tasting
and let Dad make a day of it.
( ) Similar to a typical Father's Day celebration in the U.S., children present their fathers with gifts such as flowers,
cards, neckties and other novelties. They often enjoy
picnics on Father’s Day, or spend the afternoon fishing in hopes of
securing a catch for dinner. The emphasis of the day is on celebrating
the role of fathers in the lives of their children.
( ) Flowers are an integral part of a Father's Day celebration.
Children also give their dads handmade beer glasses and candies
or a box of sweets. Lunch or dinner is almost always a dish of
crab, prawns or other seafood. Personalized champagne and beer bottles
and sandals also comprise many of the gifts. Fathers enjoy
gifts of perfume as well.
( ) It is celebrated much as it is in the U.S. with prepared meals
and distribution of gifts to dads or father figures in appreciation of
all that they do for their families. As in the U.S., there is a strong
emphasis on family values when celebrating Father's Day. There is a
city-wide 21-kilometer race that takes place in an area of open-space used for hiking and jogging.
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II. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions with a friend.
1. What is the game the teacher decided to play with the students?
2. What did the children talk about their parents?
3. Do they have a good interpretation of their dad's lives and jobs?
4. How do you assess a game like this in a classroom? The fact that many children do not know their parents would cause an embarrassment to those children? Explain it?
Prepare a speech about your dad. Make sure you include these questions while preparing your speech. Then make a presentation about your dad.
Talk about your dad. Who is he? What does he do? What are his greatest qualities? What would you change in him? How close is your relationship? Do you have a picture of your dad on your phone? If so, show it to your friends. What physical and personality traits did you take after your dad? How do you usually celebrate Father's Day? Choose one word that would best describe him. MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - KINDERGARTEN COP