teaching professional people english
‘How the world has changed’ is a common element in revision of the present perfect. Unfortunately, many people find it very difficult to jump into a lesson on that theme. I suppose it’s all due to us having different types of imagination. This post brings together some resources on the theme of the Berlin wall which will enable you to do lots of fluency work, as well as leading on to some practice of the present perfect and ‘how the world has changed’ if you are lucky. There are also possibilities for working on ‘where were you/what were you doing when…’ and of course ‘have you ever visited Berlin?’.
Berlin’s outdoor gallery
This is a super little exercise combining a video with interactive comprehension questions. Only six, so folks will hardly feel they’re working. You can get it from ‘esolcourses.com’ here.
The open air gallery is a nice twist on a very sad subject, of course. Berlin celebrated, or rather marked the 50 years since the building of the wall in the summer of 2011. Students will probably come on to that aspect of it with very little prompting. You can ask them if they remember (I didn’t offhand) and then go on to these resources ;
As a lead in to the video news piece which I’m suggesting next, this is an interactive slideshow from the BBC which will allow you to talk through all the vocabulary students will need. you can go to it here.
To finish off, students can watch and follow a video for once in my class without me bothering them with comprehension questions. I ask them to watch with an open mind, and warn them that I’ll want to know their impressions afterwards. You can find that by clicking here.
The juxtaposition of these two views of the Berlin wall allows lots of use of comparatves, lots of revision of adjectives. The conjugation possibilities are obvious too. I’ve had lots of thoroughly enjoyable discussion with very little effort on my part, as long as I’ve thought through the conversation ahead of time. Happy teaching ; )