22 Strange things – Millie Bobby Brown – A vocabulary/conversation 80′ Lesson

Well, after a series of Cambridge lessons and tips for Cambridge exams, I decided to plan a lighter lesson.

You can find Richmondshare blog posts about Cambridge exams here: http://www.richmondshare.com.br/08-tips-on-how-to-excel-at-cambridge-exams-part-1/ 

and here: http://www.richmondshare.com.br/tips-on-how-to-excel-at-cambridge-exams-part-2/

This is a conversation lesson, that uses a video produced by Teen Vogue in which Millie Bobby Brown (“Eleven” from the most current popular teen Tv series  Stranger Things) is talking about 22 Strange Things from our world. They are very interesting things and to tell you the truth, I didn’t know some of them even existed.

Level/Age: Upper-Intermediate – Advanced (B2-C1 CEFWR) / 12 years old on.

Material used: 

PPT file: 22 Strange things – Millie Bobby Brown – A conversation Lesson

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dfxiky6bKs

[Slide 1]

  1. Presenting the topic + prediction
  • Interaction: T-SS / S-SS / SS-SS
  • Timing: 10′ 
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room, listens intently to what students are sharing and make notes to be used next.
  • Feedback: Board new vocabulary related to this topic.

Ask students what they think the 22 strange things she will talk about could be. 

[Slide 2]

Milly

2. Setting the scene 1
Interaction: T-SS / S-SS / SS-SS
Timing: 15′ 
Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room, listens intently to what students are sharing and make notes to be used next.
Feedback: Board new vocabulary related to this topic.
Ask students: 

  • Are you acquainted with this girl?
  • Where is she from?
  • What has she been doing?
  • Why is she so famous now?

[Slides 3, 4]

 

3. Setting the scene 2

  • Interaction: T-SS / S-SS / SS-SS
  • Timing: 15′ 
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room, listens intently to what students are sharing and make notes to be used next.
  • Feedback: Board new vocabulary related to this topic.

Show students the answers to the questions above, and while they read about it, you can comments on these facts as well.

  1. Born in Barcelona to British parents, she is one of three children (with a brother and an older sister).
  2. A natural mimic, she learnt her impeccable American accent at a young age by watching movies on the Disney Channel.
  3. The family moved to Orlando, Florida, in 2011, where Millie enrolled in acting classes to give her something to do on Saturdays.
  4. After being spotted by a Hollywood talent scout who was impressed by her innate abilities, the whole family relocated to Los Angeles.
  5. When they arrived, she was offered representation by nearly every agent who met with her.
  6. After only three months in Hollywood, she was given the role of young Alice in ABC’s Once Upon A Time In Wonderland.
  7. She secured her part in Intruders before the casting directors had even met her because they were so impressed by the audition tape she sent them.
  8. Millie has also had guest appearances on NCIS, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy.
  9. Her invitation to audition for Stranger Things came as a bit of a surprise since Millie was living back in England with her family at that point.

[Slide 5]

Milly 5

4. Video task 1 – lead-in

  • Interaction: T-SS / S-SS / SS-SS
  • Timing: 15′ 
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room, listens intently to what students are sharing and make notes to be used next.
  • Feedback: Board new vocabulary related to this topic.

Ask students to:

  1. Make a list of the 22 strange things she mentions in the video.

     2. Did you know any of them before? If so, comment on them.

[Slides 6 – 8]

5. Video Task – 2

  • Interaction: T-SS / S-SS / SS-SS
  • Timing: 20′ 
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room, listens intently to what students are sharing and make notes to be used next.
  • Feedback: Board new vocabulary related to this topic.

Here we are breaking down what the 22 things she shows as strange. 

  1. Watermelons are ‘berries’ (usually small, pulpy, juicy fruit)
  2. Cows can sleep when they are standing, but they can only sleep when they are lying down
  3. Everybody has their unique tongue print
  4. Researchers have successfully made live cats into telephones
  5. She mentions “spinners”
  6. Underwear for hands
  7. Moths do not have stomachs, honey bees have 2 stomachs
  8. She shows us kinetic sand
  9. People whisper into microphones and make money out of it.
  10. Aa is a type of volcanic lava
  11. ‘Spam’ is canned cooked meat (1937) and gained popularity during the WW II.
  12. Naked Mora is a type of rodent, which has no hair/fur whatsoever.
  13. Ear-shaped headphones (it has started in Seattle)
  14. Scorpion candy (they have non-venomous real Scorpions inside)
  15. Oysters can change their gender
  16. Beard beanie (it’s like a face mask)
  17. She shows a platypus
  18. Spaghetti hats
  19. Irobot – which is a round robotic vacuum cleaner
  20. This is a water bear. And it is real!
  21. Face skinnies
  22. People have ‘poop transplants’ and it actually saves lives.

[Slide 9]

6. Wrap-up / Revisit the topic

  • Interaction: T-SS / S-SS / SS-SS
  • Timing: 5′ 
  • Monitoring: Teacher wraps-up asking students to comments about things that have really surprised them.
  • Feedback: Board new vocabulary related to this topic.

Revisit the topic. 

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