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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Burn Your Books?

This is actually a very clever video obviously created by people who not only know English teaching, but are also familiar with all the pretentions and perversities that go with it. Click on the image here to go straight to it.

It's not a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language here - it's probably more concerned with teaching literature to native English speakers, but the fun-poking is delicious and very well done nevertheless.

We've all wanted to be like Robin Williams in The Dead Poet's Society, haven't we? Well this parody captures that spirit and knows how to twist it without totally deriding it.

No, on second thoughts, it does totally deride it. Whatever.
Could we use this video with our students? Well, if you're teaching English literature this might be a bit too close to reality to take the risk. Students might quickly end up laughing at you as opposed to all of you laughing at the video together.

If you're teaching English to non-native speakers again it's a tricky one. There are so many cultural and sociological references in here that it would be hard to communicate the true richness of the material. There's nothing worse than explaining why a joke is funny, which is why I never 'do humour' in class but just let funny situations or events happen spontaneously, of which there is no shortage in the average English class.

It's also probably far too fast for the typical non-native speaker to cope with.

The best bit has to be as he's ripping the covers off the books, but I'll let you see that for yourselves...

Thanks to Alban from our January 2010 TEFL Certificate course here at TEFL Paris for making me aware of this one - I hadn't seen it before.
Sab Will is Course Director at TEFL Paris, a TEFL Certificate Teacher Training Centre validated by IATQUO


Larry said...

beware the zap factor!

Nicko the Bombardier said...

Not sure how I’d use this one in a lesson. It’s funny to me because of the contrast to the way it should be done. However, to a student who doesn’t appreciate this so much, it mightn’t be so funny.

Chicken breasts for real flesh – top tip that.


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