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Feel free to send your ideas to my email: / To use the lesson plans in my blog, you do NOT need photocopies for students. You MAY need to print instructions or to use a projector and/or a computer.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Talking in the past: short graffiti video

 Use this scene as an oral prompt or a writing task prompt.   
Materials: short silent video (1 min, 30s)
students need to be able to explain the story in the past. This can be done using simple past or compound tenses, depending on the level of students
Possible special occasion: International day of disabled people

If you want to practise the future, stop video at minute 0:49 and students can predict the end of the story.
This silent short movie tell us an intimate love story between two members of a family

The video has .wmv format.

Click HERE to download or watch the video (full screen)

You have the video in my blog too, below

Idea for the activity: Carme, our school secretary, sent me the video and I prepared the activity.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hunger awareness day: "Chicken a la carte" video

Level: lower intermediate and upper
Possible special occasion: hunger awareness day
Language items:
Students need to be able to say/write simple sentences in present and future.

Students need to talk about pros and cons of junk food

Students need to know some adjectives to describe feelings

At the end there are suggested oral and written activities to choose depending on the level of students

Activity based on video:
Chicken a la Carte by Ferdinand Dimadura ( summary of the short film underneath). Length of video: 6 minutes

Ferdinand Dimadura’s video shows how a poor family lives on the leftovers of normal citizens. The video consists of images and music. The proposed activities (PowerPoint) make students think about their manners, eating habits and good luck.


1. Instructions for teachers

2. The PowerPoint presentation that leads students through the different
3. Video (if you do not have an internet connection in your class)

Click HERE to download PowerPoint, word document with instructions and video in MP.4 format

DON'T FORGET THIS: you can watch the video:


B) by downloading it from my site (see link above). Make sure you have current versions of REAL PLAYER, MEDIA PLAYER or VLC installed in your computer as these are MP4 videos.

C) by using the embedded version underneath (full screen not possible)

1. Preview of power point . This is a preview and therefore, links and transitions with mouse clicks won't work. To use this in class, download Power Point from my site. The link to my site is provided above.


Link to video:

Watch video on blog ( full screen not available)

Film synopsis:
This film is about the hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. There are 10,000 people dying everyday due to hunger and malnutrition. This short film shows a forgotten portion of the society. The people who live on the refuse of men to survive. What is inspiring is the hope and spirituality that never left this people.

Drama | Produced In: 2005

Idea for the activity:
Carme, our school secretary, sent me the video and I prepared the activity.

How to download videos from YOU TUBE

How to download videos from youtube: 
In order to download videos from youtbe you will need a small program. 
  • This is what Free YOutube Donwloader looks like when you open it
  • Go to any trustworthy free downloading site. I recommended softonics. You can access this site by clicking here.
  • Use the softonic's search engine to find "Free Youtube Downloader".YOu can also use "Freestudio"
  • Download the program and install it in your computer 
  • Open the "Free Youtube Downloader" (or free studio) and paste the URL of the video you want to download.
  • TIP! Make sure you tell the program WHERE to download the video 
If you need instructions on how to use the Free Youtube Downloader program, watch this video