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Stephen Fry And The Great American Oil Spill

https://youtu.be/Av5D7bbZwB8

A picture can say more than a 1,000 words!

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Lizzie Velasquez | How Do You Define Yourself

One of the bravest people in the world: very worthwhile material to teach values.

https://youtu.be/c62Aqdlzvqk

Watch the videoclip and answer the following questions as best you can:

 

01. What does Lizzie mention is a benefit to being visually impaired?

02. Which fluid was absent when she was still growing inside her mum?

03. What did the doctors tell her mum Lizzie would never be able to do?

04. How did she look at herself when she was five?

05. What did she wear on her first day to school?

06. After she came home, which advice did her parents give her?

07. What are things Lizzie mentions that some people feel defines them?

08. Which central question does she pose to the audience?

09. How many views did the 8 second video of her have?

10. What awful thing did a complete stranger tell her?

11. What did that do to Lizzie? How did she respond?

12. Mention two of her goals in life.

13. Which ones has she accomplished already?

 

After watching:

 

Take two minutes to think first and then, only then start to write down what defines you.

And is that in accordance with what you think should define you?

Do you know people who are defined by the 'wrong' things, from your perspective?

If so, what are they?

 

 

 

 

Finally:

Which feeling lingers on after having watched Lizzie's tale?

 

 

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Royals | Lorde

Trying to figure out what lyrics actually mean never hurt me one bit, it only increased my vocabulary!

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Stephen Fry | Out There

Out There Part 1

Episode 1

01. What is Stephen going to do in this series?

02. Who will he meet over the next four episodes?

03. In what year did homosexuality become legal in Britain?

04. Why does Stephen cry at the wedding?

05. When did he "come out" himself and who inspired this?

06. What is the name of the parade we see in London?

07. Stephen talks about kids in the playground, aged kindergarten age, why?

08. What did Farshad's boyfriend say was done to him, in order to save his own life?

09. Which foreign country is going backwards in its treatment of gay people?

10. Which physical problems can be caused by doing sodomy, according to the pastor?

11. The pastor goes on about the anus, while Stephen tries to talk about ...

12. The pastor doesn't call homosexuality a disease, but an ...

13. Fat boy has a different view. Why does he want the law to pass?

14. And on ...

[Ask the students to make more questions while watching the episode]

 

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Megacities | Living in the city

Megacities | Living in the city

It is estimated that in 2050 75% of the world population will reside in cities. And that's a challenge. Come find out more about megacities with Andrew Marr.

  1. What is the great story of our time?
     
  2. How many mega-cities are there? Mention 4.
     
  3. How many people arrive in Dhaka every year?
     
  4. How is Mexico City described?

  5. How many people will live in cities in the year 2050?

  6. How did Shanghai’s richest man make his money?
     
  7. How fast is Shanghai changing?
     
  8. What type of building is the Shard in London?
     
  9. Who is the highest man up?
     
  10. What does it seem, is it that new skyscrapers are trying to say?

  11. Who are at the top of those buildings?
     
  12. How much does the apartment Andrew is going to visit cost?

  13. How does the family who live in the slums feel about their home?

  14. Where does Musharaf come from?

  15. What happens to Andrew during the night? Which animals does he refer to?

  16. What is the “natural unit” for people to live in, in Andrew’s opinion? 

  17. What does the specific symbol on Shanghai buildings mean?

  18. What happens to the old inhabitants of that part of the city?

  19. How many new houses are built on the edge of the city every month?

  20. Tokyo struggles with ___? 

  21. What would it do to Andrew to live in such a “flat”?

  22. Tokyo is a city with very high ___ [not buildings!]?

  23. What can Tokyo do to some people, like it did to Ugo?

  24. Which type of events are rented people rented for the most?
     
  25. How is it that so many people get killed in Mexico city?

  26. What is the “up side” to the city?

  27. What is the purpose for some people to go to taco stands?

  28. Sunday is ___? And Andrew calls Mexico City a ___ place.

  29. Even London is now getting friendlier. How?

  30. London is more open, more ___?

  31. Sometimes you have to go far to know what __? 
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Drinking to Oblivion

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Louis Theroux | Drinking to Oblivion

Louis follows a few alcoholics around in their attempt to get cleaned up. Gripping report!

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Discussion Topics

You might want to use one or more of these topics for class discussions

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Heineken | The Candidate

This is a wonderful, small clip which I use a lot when we talk about how to apply for a job. Fun music, footie, humour: this viral has it all.


 

General discussion in twos, groups or as a class [or think, pair, share]

 

1. How should someone present themselves in a job interview?

2. What clothing should be worn to an interview? Describe a suitable outfit [male and female].

3. What about your CV or resume? What should you list on it? Mention 4 different categories.

4. Try to get into the role of employer. What is the first thing you pay attention to when the

candidate walks in?

5. Try to convince the employer why it is that they need to hire you. You are the best

suitable candidate because ...

6. Back to being the candidate. How can you make sure you stand out from other people?

 

Let's watch the clip and have a look now.

 

Answer the following questions while watching the viral:

 

01. How many applicants wanted to become an intern at Heineken?

 

02. What "weird" thing do they do during phase 1?

 

03. How does the interviewer "surprise" the candidates in the office?

 

04. Why is it important that they leave the office?

 

05. Where is the final test?

 

06. How does the music help the general feeling you get?

 

 

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Seeds of Freedom | Ethics

The environment is hot! Sustainability is trending. Well, there's nothing sustainable about Monsanto. Watch how they changed farmers' lives forever, and not for the better.


 

Watch the movie and while watching try to explain the following new vocabulary from the context:

Intro - 1'45"

 

Arisen =

 

Poignant =

 

Sacred =

 

Commodity =

 

Genetically engineered =

 

Tackling = 

 

Quote: "Diversity is key to our survival". Please explain.

 

 

1'45"-6'15"

 

Ancestral =

 

Forebears =

 

Inheritors = 

 

Breeding = 

 

Resilience = 

 

Nutritional =

 

 

The Road To Industry


While watching this part try to deduct what the farmers all say has happened to their line of work.

 

Embroiled = 

 

Hybrid = 

 

Indigenous = 

 

Purchased = 

 

Sustainable = 

 

Detrimental = 

 

Corporate = 

 

Yield = 

 

Maturation = 

 

Patented = 

 

Resistance = 

 

 

In conclusion watch the rest of the film and talk together about what this means. Is this the way to  

go? Should something be done? If so, what?

 

Or write an essay about this topic, using the movie as a basis. 

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Wealth Inequality In America | What Is Ideal, Perception or Actual?

Money, money, money. And US dollars, for that matter. Or rather, how ill-divided it all is. But that's not what we think!

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A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success | Alain de Botton

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Vice | Addiction

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Food Inc | How our food is made

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Fast Bucks | How Porsche Made Millions

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Psychopath | BBC doc

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Speaking in Class

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Gay Rights - Prezi

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Short Films As Lesson Endings

This file will become a selection of shorter films, to be used as lesson endings or starters.

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On The Go | London

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