Here you’ll find some practical ideas for working with the clip. Choose the ones that suit your teaching aims, particular group of learners, your teaching style, and then plan your own lesson.
Form groups of four. Ask each group to decide who is ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’. Then tell them that they will become Section Experts, they will be responsible for a section of a short video that you will watch together in the following lesson.
Student A: 0:00 – 1.20 min, Student B: 1.20 – 2:30 min, Student C: 2.30 – 3:25 min, Student D: 3:25 – 4:20 min
As experts, they need to know everything about their part of the video:
- the meaning of all words and expressions (they need to be able to paraphrase, explain them in English, as well as translate them)
- the spelling of all the words
- the pronunciation of all the words
- key language chunks
- what the main idea of the section is
You can hand out the relevant section of the transcript to each student, or just ask them to listen to it at home.
Happy Planet Index transcript: Happy Planet Index transcript
(You can also find the transcript on TED talks here.)
Here are two quotations mixed up. Ask your students to unjumble them and work out the two quotes.
any external conditions / practice compassion / if you want to be happy/ if you want others to be happy / happiness doesn’t depend on /it is governed by our mental attitude / practice compassion
The two quotes are:
- Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. (Dale Carnegie)
- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. (Dalai Lama)