Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Veronica Herrera alerted me to the existence of this interesting short film called ‘El Empleo’. Its name has been translated as ‘The Employment’.

(Thanks to Rob for re-finding it for me!)

It’s about five minutes long and could promote a lot of discussion. So what would you do with it in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers!

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(P.S. If anyone has any suggestions for future prompts, please let me know!)

Comments on: "The Employment: a short video" (6)

  1. I wanted to check the video and offer some tips…but alas…the video is down!

  2. here it is (I’m guessing)

    I’d start with a task based approach, getting learners to list different types of jobs, then with the class in pairs, have A’s watch the video and B’s listen to the A’s explaining what they see (this could be done in short segments, having the learners change roles often) – there is loads of good language stimulated by the video…

    then maybe move on to a discussion of how important different jobs are (perhaps using the different jobs from the initial brainstorm)

  3. Thanks very much for finding that again 🙂 and for posting your ideas!

  4. Clever and somewhat sad film.
    Before watching, a brainstorm on jobs & professions could be attempted (if working with low/low.intermediate level students, as I do).
    After watching, we could go on with a word formation game: “odd jobs”. The words “man”, “woman”, “guy”, “person”… are provided so they write/say compund nouns that define the jobs the’ve see on screen, eg, “traffic lights guys” or “chair woman” “taxi men”, etc. As they aren’t real jobs, students may think the words they’ve just made up are not real words, either, so, as a follow up activity (to be done later or as homework) they might google for the chunks they created to check if they exist and, if that’s the case, find out what their meaning is.
    Then, in groups, they can also translate the images into verbal language (both spoken and written) to create:
    a) subtitles for the movie
    b)a podcast to be uploaded to the class blog

  5. davidmearns said:

    This is amazing!! Even though I work with younger learners it is still a marvellous video for stimulating the futility of jobs and the way people are treated by those around them; lets say in the hierarchical ladder. the fact the father doesn’t even see his family when eating breakfast could get students to relate to their own worlds. I would get the students to think long and hard about this before even getting responses. I’d get them to write a ejournal entry and then share entries with class mates .
    It offers up a wealth of “thinking outside the box” opportunities in terms of why he is sad, who all the people are in each job and why they are symbolized as tragic subservient robots

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