C2 · Proficiency C2 listening · Reading · vocabulary activity

How Urbane Farming Saved a Dallas Community

I’m so grateful to have found this video by Freethink, that will not only provide my students with the opportunity to speak about community problems, but it is also witnesses an inspiring approach to dealing with poverty, famine and the feeling of hopelessness. It also proves that WE as CITIZENS CAN rethink how our system is harming people and set out to make great changes, above all, now in times of the pandemic, where many people, who were already living with hand to mouth, are desperately in need of solutions.

Lead-in

Before watching the video below, let’s do a couple of pre-listening activities.

  • What types of problems are common in your community? Here’s a quiz to help you remember some vocabulary. Click on the button below, read and flip the cards.
  • How many of the words on the cards address problems that affect your community and in what degree?

video from Freethink
Advanced C1 word formation activity · C2 Word formation

C1-C2 Word formation ‘A Place to Call Home’

Sing for Shelter’s new Christmas single: ‘A Place to Call Home’.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness by providing advice, support and legal services, making sure that one day, no one will end up without a roof above their head.

PS So proud to say a member of my family took part in this project 🙂

Click on the button below for the open cloze activity.

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Upper intermediate listening activity

Listening activity: Santa Forgot

This beautiful and touching ad aims to raise charity towards Alzheimer’s disease research. It tells the story of Santa in an imaginative country suffering from dementia. The advertisement was banned from being shown on the telly before 19:30 to avoid upsetting children and some parents felt that it was too children targeted, although, as I see it, I believe the intentions are to put in perspective what the reality is for people who live with this illness.

Although it’s a Christmas advertisement, I thought it would be a good video to watch as it is related to the topics of Health and Social issues. You’ll see the text at the bottom of the video so there wasn’t much point in turning it to a listening activity.

One recommendation, don’t watch it with kids because it certainly is disturbing.

What do you think?

Learning English with songs

Listening Upper intermediate B2: Five Finger Death Punch – Wrong Side Of Heaven

Those that know me well know how much I hate unfair situations, war, greed, etc. For this ‘learning English with songs’ activity I have chosen this powerful song by Five Finger Death Punch (those that know me also know how much I love all types of rock music!). This song is about how veterans of war feel when returning home, with deep feelings of guilt and needing psychological treatment (at the least!), only to encounter a country that has turned its back on them. Thus, this song denounces one of the many destructive effects that war has on people’s lives.

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B2 · Listening

Listening B2: Mari Malek

Mari Malek is a New York-based model, actor and DJ. But not only is this extremely beautiful woman all this, she is also a refugee with a story and a strong purpose in life that goes much deeper than being a top model. Watch the video to do the listening activity and see if you can remain untouched by her story.

Video from BBC News.