Peter Easton wrote:This is very valuable advice Michelle, especially the memorization part. I like to do this along the lines of 'Kim's Game' (Google it).
May I also suggest that getting students to watch the 1970s British comedy 'Fawlty Towers' as it extremely funny yet simple humour (a lot of splastick and double entendres) as well as containing very clear dialogue with RP accents and the added humour of the character Manwell, the Spanish waiter who speaks very little English.
Fawlty Towers – The Germans
1st Part Hospital Ward
Mrs Sybil Fawlty is on a bed waiting for an operation on her “in-growing” toenail. The language to look out for centres around her husband’s ability (or inability) to look after the hotel during the time she is in hospital. She asks him to look in a drawer for a top to wear, and he confuses the colour. What colour of top does she ask for and what colour does she produce?
From here the discussion is about the jobs that Basil has to do while Sybil is in hospital. One job is to mount a moose’s head. Sybil is annoyed of the head lying around and tells Basil that it is growing old - “mange”. She also asks if Basil has taken the mould off the cheddar cheese.
The next job that Basil must fulfil is to perform a fire drill for the hotel. Basil tells Sybil that he can cope and that all will be fine.
2nd Part Hotel Lobby
Basil is in the lobby at the reception and he meets one if his guests, the “major”. The Major is a little senile and it seems that he is always drunk. Because of this he always gets confused with his words and loses the subject. For example, when he talks of cricket: “Hampshire won…” he then talks about women: “I knew a woman once; I took her to India… at the Oval!” Here, he means the Indian cricket team playing England at the Oval playing field.
The next character is the lovely Manuel. He is from Barcelona and is learning English. He works as a waiter in Fawlty Towers. Notice how when Basil asks for a hammer to mount the moose’s head on the wall, Miguel is confused and thinks that Basil wants a “Jamon sandwich” or that Basil is talking about his hamster.
The next scene to look out for is the actual fire drill. Basil sets off the burglar alarm accidentally when he opens the safe and all of the guests assemble to leave the building.
3rd Part Back at the Hospital
Basil is suffering from concussion.
4th Part Basil is back at the Hotel Lobby
Here he meets a couple of Germans at the reception desk and a group as they enter the restaurant. As he does so his language is filled up with an obsession about not mentioning the war. Everything he says is associated with the 2nd World War, and his misconceptions about how the Germans think and act today. For example, Basil confuses the classic warning sign “Trespassers will be prosecuted”, and says, “Trespassers will be tied up in piano wire” After a little joke “the plaice is grilled” he states that the place is grilled, as in, the place, the restaurant, is hot. One guest asks for a veal chop so Basil mocks the Germans by saying that it is delicious, “veally veally delicious”.
He then plays on the theme of Germany and the war and worsens everything when one of the guests asks for prawn cocktail. Here he confuses the prawn cocktail with Eva Braun. He mutters Hitler, Himmler. He then plays on the phrase hors d’oeurves and replaces the sound with “orders, we must obey orders”.
Super Size Me
The Experiment Begins
(Epidemic of Obesity – constant access to fast food – dependence on the car)
(Obesity left unabated – body image)
1st Weigh In
1st Blood Test
Almost Half Way
(What is a calorie? A measure of the energy content of food. One calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of a litre of water by one degree centigrade)
3rd Weigh In
(Sugar addiction likened to Heroin addiction)
2nd Blood Test
2:AM In The Morning
Day 22, More Burgers
(Marketing and lobbying)
1st Phone Call
Final Blood Test
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