Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Commercials

Here are some activities (or better tasks) you can use commercials for:

- sound off, the commercial my students are familiar with, recreate the dialogue (this way they can practice informal dialogue, small talk, phone conversations, using appropriate tone and style…)
- sound off, students in pairs, one of them sitting back to the screen, the other one watching the commercial and trying to describe it to partner (omit the name of the brand), guess the brand name
- let them watch the commercial and stop it in the middle (or before something interesting comes), guess the end
- at home, watch the commercials (in your own language of course :) ) and try to translate them for yourself

Commercials can be easily used as warmers (to kick off new topic) or fillers (to revise vocabulary, grammar…) and they are not time-consuming.

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