Quick Video Activities for engaging online lessons: Part 2

Do classrooms need to be isolated from the real world? Real life incidents and current affairs  often lend themselves for heated debate in the classroom and can stimulate interest in classes that have long given up trying.

This set of activities aims to help learners (B1-C2 CEFR levels) develop :
1. speaking and writing skills
2. reading and listening skills 
3. critical and creative thinking skills
4. environmental awareness

"Should this ad be banned?"

Watch the video with your learner. Explain that " Rang-tan" is short for orangutan.  Pause to elicit  how the girl feels. Ask students why they think the orangutan is in the girl's bedroom and where they normally live.  

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Explain that department stores and super markets in the U.K. usually choose to convey a message that raises social awareness in their Christmas commercials. This advertisement was adopted by a chain of super markets ("Iceland") in the U.K. but it was not allowed to be broadcast on the mass media. This raised controversy and became widely known as "Iceland's banned ad". Ask learners to think of the reasons why this happened. 

Follow up tasks

1. Read the article on the TV advert below and voice your opinion on a FlipGrid board (B2-C2 CEFR levels)
  • Defend Iceland's decision 
  • Defend the decision not to broadcast it
2. Watch one or more of the following videos, take notes and present the main points in class. 

3.(B1 CEFR level) Write down the poem and find the rhyme.  Invite them to write their own poem about wildlife and why we should protect it. 
4. Create an ad or commercial to raise public awareness on an environmental issue. 

In a Flipped classroom context, you can open a class OneNote (online notebook), post the video there and invite learners to watch it before joining the online class. 
You can ask them to:
1. Reflect on their personal page, writing their reaction and thoughts on the issue. 
2. Find information on the issue and prepare a short presentation for next lesson.
3. Create a poster with facts about palm plantations to raise awareness. 
4. Divide them into two groups: Environmentalists and palm farmers. Ask them to write short articles on the issue from their point of view. 
5. Invite a group of learners to take part in a live debate during the online lesson. The rest of the class can complete a survey on Forms  voting in facour of  the most persuasive speakers. 

Hope you enjoy the activities with your online classes!
Dimitris Primalis

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