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An amazing video from RadioLabs that brought us the wonderful video What is a moment? Accompanied by the NPR podcast that you can find in our audio player here

Find the full lesson and resources described here.

Tags: images, linguistics, npr, radiolabs, scenes, More…words
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Comment by ddeubel on August 12, 2010 at 6:09am

Here is the video watching/listening activity that goes with this. For higher levels.
I'm sure there are a lot of activities you could do - even just watching and describing/discussing would be wonderful.

 

 


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Comment by ddeubel on August 12, 2010 at 7:30am
Here is the answer key. words video activity answers.doc
Comment by Conchi FM on August 12, 2010 at 7:45am
Amazing video and the activity is great too, you don't waste any time do you??

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Comment by ddeubel on August 12, 2010 at 8:18am
Hey, no time like the present! I know I would make this into some sort of activity sooner or later - so I prefer just getting it done. ...... But this and What is a moment are great, contextual stuff for classrooms... I hope others will come up with some innovative ideas in the weeks ahead...

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Comment by Mara k loving on August 25, 2010 at 9:32pm
Love this video, and will use it in a grammar class--- using your worksheet to look at the way words can be both verbs and nouns--- mostly though we will talk about it and I'll see what happens.
Thanks,
Mara

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Comment by Joan Axthelm on September 6, 2010 at 2:04am
Nice! What a great way to think about how root words and context clues can be useful (and not so useful). I also like how this video can illustrate the ever illusive modal verb. (break up, for example) I wonder how many of my students will get that one.

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Comment by ddeubel on September 6, 2010 at 2:34am
Yes, it is a great video. They are a gem of a production company! I love the "split" one with the two people splitting a banana split.

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Comment by Betty Carlson on September 19, 2010 at 8:03am
I thought this could be useful for a grammar focus on the gerund: we saw children playing, we saw two men sharing a dessert, etc. My students tend to avoid that for the lengthier "We can see two children who are playing."

Thanks for sharing this great resource.

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Comment by Joan Axthelm on September 23, 2010 at 7:53pm
I tried using this with the worksheets ddeubel provided and it worked out well! We watched it a few times most folks in my advanced class identified most of the phrases/verbs we saw. We ended up doing a compare/contrast activity with a Venn diagram to compare how a word changes when in a phrase or context. The three different "runs" was popular, as was the noun forms - running water, running paint. In comparing, the similarities and differences folks came up with were novel. "Run" has movement in all forms, but the vehicle differs. This is good practice for comparing texts, which we are working toward.

Thanks!

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Comment by ddeubel on September 23, 2010 at 10:50pm
I never really thought deeply about how something like this really allows Ss to practice metacognition - or as linguists say, metalinguistic awareness. To stand outside of language and see it and its place/function. Your description is a perfect example in the realm of collocations/chunks. It could really get learners seeing how powerful one word is and how many ideas are being it, when it is used in different forms. (like the word IDEA - I think it has some 180 associated collocations).

I've had a few requests and I'll make a downloadable copy available for teachers later today.

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