And a good time was had by all who attended. I posted a few photos to show those who didn't come what they missed. Of course, with the right financial incentive I can be persuaded to take down the photo of your choice. LOL
1 Tell the students about your favourite tv ad e.g. I love the latest ad from Nova which shows a Greek cop chasing a a chicken thief through a village. He finally catches up with the guy, and then starts reading him his Miranda rights (in English).
The slogan is that the some people are glued to Nova.
2 Ask students to describe their favourite tv ad to each other.
3 The students then discuss the following questions;
What makes an ad successful ? Apart from selling something, what else do ads want to achieve ?
4 Elicit answers. Write them on the board.
5 Show students three or four ads in English on video (alternatively pin up ads on the board).
6 Are they successful according to the criteria we set out in (5)? How could they be improved ?
5 Tell students that they're going to create their own radio or tv ads. Divide students into groups of three or four.They then decide what product or service they want to advertise.
6 Explain to students that they are going to write a script for a 30 second radio/tv spot.Emphasise the fact that it has to be 30 second exactly.Students then write and rehearse their ads.
7 Record students using a cassette recorder (for you old skoolers!!), mobile phone, mp3 player, digital camera (for the low tech Hitchcock wannabe's)or a video camera (for that full - blown Dolby home cinema experience).Pop corn is optional.
8 Play them to the other students who suggest ways in which the ads can be improved.
The object of this code is to let you look at your mistakes on your own and learn from them.
sp Spelling e.g. Friends not frinds gr Grammar e.g. Lots of money not many money pr Preposition eg. I live in London not I live at London pu Punctuation e.g. I like milk not i like milk vt Verb tense e.g. I went to Spain in 1995 not I have gone to Spain in 1995 wo Word order e.g. I like dancing very much not I like very much dancing ww Wrong word e.g. I missed the bus not I lost the bus mw Missing word e.g. I saw a bird not I saw bird r Repetition i.e. saying the same again and again and again etc.
Here are some of te songs I'm listening to at the moment.
Na,na,na,na,na - Kaiser Chiefs Zeros and ones - The Prodigy Vs Jesus Jones Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones Queen Bitch - David Bowie Flash- Queen I just want to celebrate - Rare Earth Superstyling _ Groove Armada Bombs over Baghdad - Outkast Song 2 - Blur Soul Rebel - Bob Marley and the Wailers
Well, I haven't had much time for this blog over the last couple of weeks. Exam time was upon us and it definitely was not the season to be jolly. Good luck to all my students who took the FCE, ECCE and CPE - talk about alphabet soup!
Here's my idea for a class project for advanced levels i.e. post B2 using War of the Worlds radio play by Orson Welles and the mercury theatre (see here for link to free mp3 download of the play and here for the transcript).
The idea is for students to update and adapt all or part of the story to fit in with their local circumstances. This means changing character and palce names, modifying topical references etc.
The original version
Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. At twenty minutes before eight, central time, Professor Farrell of the Mount Jennings Observatory, Chicago, Illinois, reports observing several explosions of incandescent gas, occurring at regular intervals on the planet Mars. The spectroscope indicates the gas to be hydrogen and moving towards the earth with enormous velocity. Professor Pierson of the Observatory at Princeton confirms Farrell's observation, and describes the phenomenon as, quote, "like a jet of blue flame shot from a gun," unquote. We now return you to the music of Ramón Raquello, playing for you in the Meridian Room of the Park Plaza Hotel, situated in downtown New York.
The new, improved Greek version
Hi everyone. we interrupt our laiko program to bring you a special news update from ET1. At 7:40 Professor Vritkas of the Thessaloniki university observatory, reports obsrving several large explosions of incandescent gasThe spectroscope indicates the gas to be hydrogen and moving towards the earth with enormous velocity. Professor Vafopoulos of the Observatory at Athens confirms Vritkas's observation, and describes the phenomenon as, quote, "like a jet of blue flame shot from a gun," unquote. We now return you to the music of Antonis Remos, playing for you in Mouses, situated in downtown Thessaloniki.
The students then record their version using their pc. Audacity has a free to download programme that is easy to use. The more computer literate may wish to post it as a podcast.
If anyone has any suggestions for warm up exercises, please let me know. This is very much a work in progress and I've yet to test it in class.