Level – Intermediate and above – Higher levels can work without the transcript
Give your ESL students a window into one of the most popular forms of entertainment in English-speaking cultures, and the language tools to tell their own short stories in a more confidence, fluent style.
Using a routine that is perfectly suited to ESL learners (and still funny!), young English comedian Jack Carroll demonstrates accessible anecdotal story-telling by using short and active sentences to make his stories interesting, personal and importantly, very funny.
The life of an English learner or an expat in any culture is fertile ground for surprising and humorous moments, so why not give your students the power to share their unique stories and see the bright side of their experiences?
No comedy or acting experience required! The power comes from the simplest of sentences! This could be a real turning-point for shy or reserved classrooms.
Lesson Aim –
a. To show ESL students an example of Western comedy in this module: ‘stand-up’.
b. ‘Make me’ – to allow students to describe and explain what they like and dislike, and how it makes them feel.
c. After analysing the language used by the comedians, to provide students with speaking skills to use short, active sentences to tell stories and anecdotes in a conversational and entertaining tone.
Computer with internet and YouTube (links and search words provided).
Printer-friendly copies of all exercises can be found from page 11.
For the best visual results from the attached infographics, a colour printer is recommended – a projector screen or large monitor would also suffice.