Monday, June 8, 2015

Teacher Ideas: The King's Speech

The King's Speech deals with a topic that may be of particular interest to our students - the fear that can accompany public speaking - and Kevin has created a set of materials to explore this movie both topically and historically. Kevin says:
Sometimes I prepare for classes by laying out a set of materials around a theme and decide on the spot which to work with immediately and which to shelve until later. The following are for the film The King's Speech. Teachers of intermediate levels and above can consider how and in what order to use them.
I've compiled his materials into a single document which you can access here. There is a written introduction with a link to the movie trailer, an article with accompanying audio, discussion questions, a World War II timeline research activity, a listening activity about speaking English, and the full text and audio of King George VI's speech to his country at the start of World War II.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Find: Blank On Blank

As the spring term winds down, you may be looking for something new and inspiring to use in class. I came across a series called Blank On Blank the other day. It is a collaborative project between Quoted Studios and PBS Digital Studios in which lost interviews with iconic people are preserved and animated. The subjects include people like Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury, Johnny Cash, Liberace, and Meryl Streep - icons all around.

I encourage you to look at these interviews and consider using them in class. They run about 5 minutes long each, and the speech is authentic and natural. If you make materials to accompany any of them, please share!