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How to talk like a politician

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 90 mins
  • In class
  • Speaking
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic comedy video about political interviews
  • Role play a political interview

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly identify the main ideas of an authentic comedy video about political interviews
  • Identify the meaning of key vocabulary from the video
  • Correctly answer detailed comprehension questions about a comedy video
  • Listen and accurately complete short phrases from the videos
  • Complete a role-play with the aim of asking and avoiding questions

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and then answer the questions:
1. What is strange about the interview?
2. How would you describe the attitude of the interviewer?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to the topic of politicians avoiding answering questions.
Before watching the video, reassure students that they do not need to understand all the details of the clip, which shows a famous interview between a British journalist and a politician. However, it might be useful to explain the context to the students:


Suggested answers
 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Think about politicians in your country and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of the way politicians avoid answering questions directly.
This prepares students for the Watch activities.

 

Watch: Main ideas

Watch: Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to get the main ideas from an authentic comedy video. Have them read through the sentences before they play the video.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Study the language in bold in the script. Then match the definitions to the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify the meaning of key language in the article.


Language notes

Slimy can refer to something that is wet and unpleasant to touch, or it can negatively refer to a person's character.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Complete the text about a becoming a politician.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using key language from the video. Have students read the text first and then complete the gaps with the appropriate vocabulary.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is give students freer practice in using the key language. This prepares for the Plan and Produce activity.
Have students peer-check their work in groups and ensure that they use the correct forms of the words.

 

Watch: Comprehend

Watch: Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to test students' comprehension of the video. Tell students to read the questions and then watch the video in order to answer them. They may consult the reference materials Listening for details or Inferring in listening if necessary.

 

How to dodge questions

How to dodge questions

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Listen carefully to each video clip and complete the sentences with the phrases that the politician says.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to test students' decoding of rapid authentic speech by completing short phrases from the video. These are strategies that politicians typically use to dodge questions, and so will be useful to students in the Plan and produce activity.

 

Skills focus

Skills focus

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the information about political interviews and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to make students aware of the strategies and language to conduct political interviews, as outlined in the reference material.
This prepares students for the Plan and Produce activity.

 

Plan and produce

Plan and produce

Recommendations

  • 20 mins
  • Pair, Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to role-play and practise a political interview.
Assign role cards A and B to each student and have them research the questions on university education in the United States in order to prepare for the interview.
Student A should prepare questions for the politician. Student B should prepare to answer questions on this topic.
Encourage those who are playing the role of interviewer (Student A) to be direct and ask questions again when the politician does not answer the questions.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on the lesson topic and discuss whether anything can be done to stop politicians lying or avoiding the truth in interviews.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Look through the work you did in this lesson and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson, and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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