Posted on | August 12, 2013 | 3 Comments
This is a fun video to do with class, in part because the story it tells is so open to interpretation. And anything that gives rise to lots of discussion has got to be good for a language class.
The following is approximately what I did with a small group of Upper Intermediate learners…
- Watched the first 90 seconds, simultaneously in pairs discussing the ages of the two main protagonists of the story; their characters; the relationship between them; and whether or not she likes him;
- Watched the next 90 seconds, seeking particularly to determine which of us was "right" on the points we disagreed most on;
- At 3'00" discussed that and how it was going to end;
- Stopped at 3'35" to have second opinion on that…
- Stopped again on 4'00" to discuss what had just happened;
- And then watched it through to the end… Did we like the ending?
As a follow-up, you could exploit the lyrics in some way, such as attempting to transcribe them (though they're quite hard) and/or set some form of collaborative writing task that would enable the learners to recycle the new vocabulary.