…to create a drama narration/dialogue activity.
Suggested level – B1+ This education ministry commercial from Singapore tells the story of a young boy who does badly at school, before being motivated by his teachers who help him ask questions, gain confidence and search for solutions. Procedure:
Watch the commercial once with the sound turned off and elicit suggestions from the class based on the following prompts.
Who are the main characters? What is the connection between them? How does the boy feel? What is the man doing at the beginning? Where does the action take place?
- Watch the commercial again. Put students into small groups to discuss the story further. Depending on what information come out in step 1, you might want to point out that the story is told in reverse – the man at the beginning is the boy we see later on.
- Watch the video again. Ask students to try and write down any of the ‘why’ questions they hear.
Elicit ideas and put these phrases up: Why can’t a car drive itself? Why can’t he see it? Why don’t you show them? Why can’t we try an element…? Why don’t you give it a rest man? Why can’t I do better? Why? Why can’t I be like everyone else? Why can’t we turn failure into success? Why can’t we change the way we power the world? And any of the responses: Yes, we can. Of course you can, and you will. Why would you want to be? Clarify the chronology of the story by getting students to number the questions as they happen in time. Suggested answers:
- Why can’t a car drive itself?
- Why can’t he see it?
- Why don’t you show them?
6.Why can’t we try an element…? 5.Why don’t you give it a rest man? 4.Why can’t I do better? 3.Why? 2 Why can’t I be like everyone else? 1 Why can’t we turn failure into success? 10 Why can’t we change the way we power the world?