The third in a series of lesson materials
If you’re looking for audio resources featuring a wider variety of accents than is offered in most coursebooks, then YouTube is the place to go. This is the third in our series of five free downloadable lesson plans and worksheets based on YouTube clips, aimed at inspiring teachers to expose students to the full range of English accents in the world.
The lessons are suitable for Pre-intermediate level classes and above, although the audio materials could be used with Elementary classes by adapting the tasks. The discussion questions related to accents and pronunciation could also be done in students’ first language if these are too challenging at their level. The materials could be used with adult or teen classes.
SocialGiver is a social enterprise based in Thailand. The founder, Arch Wongchindawest is a One Young World Ambassador. In this 2 minute video, he explains how SocialGiver works and he talks about why One Young World is important.
The lesson outline
- Students discuss what they think a social enterprise is.
- Students complete a short gapped paragraph about the speaker’s background.
- Students listen and answer a gist question, and then true or false questions.
- Students discuss whether SocialGiver is a good idea, and what kind of social enterprise they would set up in their own community.
- Finally, students discuss whether they found the (Thai L1) speaker’s pronunciation clear and easy to understand. The aim is to raise students’ awareness that speakers with a different accent to your own can still be easy to understand, even if you are not familiar with that accent.
The One Young World Summit is an annual event for young leaders aged 18 to 30 from around the world who are passionate about causes like the environment, poverty, education, and human rights. The website features a gallery of links to YouTube clips of talks by speakers at the summit last year in Bangkok. Given the diversity of the speakers’ backgrounds, the site provides an excellent library of interesting audio resources featuring a wide range of accents. However, with topics like global warming and tackling corruption, the language level is quite high. If you have a high level class, check out these videos:
- Uniting youth against corruption by Sasaenia Paul Oluwabunmi, the Director of Operations of Salvage Africa, an NGO based in Nigeria.
- Solar schoolbags powering education in South Africa by Thato Kgatlhanye, co-founder of “Rethaka” the social startup behind the Repurpose Schoolbag.
- #CallonCOP video by One Young World delegate Saida Ibrahimava from Belarus, who addresses her #CallonCop speech to President Alexander Lukashenko and highlights how climate change has led to flooding, land degradation, reduced biodiversity and a decline in public health in Belarus.