Friday, April 3, 2015

Activity Roundup: Bill Cunningham on Spring, 3 Words for NYC, and a Brooklyn Food Tour with Anthony Bourdain

Welcome to the spring term! Here are some activities you can use in class.



This installment of Bill Cunningham On The Street looks at some signs of spring. I designed an activity that encourages students to generate vocabulary related to spring, then asks them to focus on specific vocabulary used in the column. They will then read the column, watch the video clip, and complete comprehension questions. Some of the verbs the activity examines are in the Academic Word List, so this activity is useful for students in intermediate and high levels.


3 words for NYC from Cokau Lab on Vimeo.

This is a short video using very simple (yet authentic) language, and I designed a companion activity that can be used with students in very low levels. First, the students take notes on what they hear in the video; then, they have the opportunity to compose and share their own "3 words for NYC."



This last activity asks students to think critically about the diversity of cuisine in New York City using three Brooklyn restaurants as examples. There are some listening comprehension questions that help the students to understand the short clip. Then, there are four discussion questions - or possibly writing prompts - that get students to think more critically about the history and culture of food. This activity is appropriate for students in intermediate to high levels in any skill area.

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