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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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Commercials in the EFL Classroom - Part 2 (The BEST)

Where is the chocolate man? Places.

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Commercials are great for teaching English. Not just for teaching media awareness but for specific language study. They are the perfect "engager" and way to start off and focus a lesson on a central point/topic. Commercials are short and powerful and trendy. The perfect media to use to teach adolescents especially.

Following up on last year's post and awards - find below a list of this year's picks. I've also included a short, snappy description on how you might use the commercial in your classroom. Lots of amazing commercials and I've spent lots of time making sure these are truly - The Bests. See my list of Golden Lion award winners too. The Golden Lion awards are the Academy Awards for commercials (and yes, Obama won there too!). Also, McKinney, the world's most creative ad agency, has a lot to inspire you.

I've included a nice word document for sharing / keeping that merges all my commercial recommendations. Also, see this MIXTUBE PLAYLIST for a full rundown and easy click and play. Further, use our A/V player's commercial folder and find many of these to play full screen and download for classroom viewing.

If you do want to use commercials and more formally look at their "guts" , as part of a media awareness lesson - use this fill in chart. ANALYZINGTV COMMERCIALS Also, see the commercials in our videos and also in our Media Resources
Tell us which is your favorite!

Golden Lion Winners:

Where is the chocolate man? Describe.

What values does “soccer” teach us?

Life is short. Draw a timeline… -

7 days – What does each one get?

Teaching car parts

Levis – describe where they are going.


Volvo teaching commercial – Creativity when learning. Pronunciation.

Berlitz Laundromat - Dating / Meeting people

Berlitz “expecting” mixup - Homophones. Job Interviews.

Micky likes it! Like / don’t like / preferences

Where’s the Beef? - Comparatives

Big Mac Chant - Food vocab. / Chant

Gold’s Gym – for teaching comparatives

Cingular – Text Messaging. Relationships.

Pepsi – Chinese Monks Action verbs.

McDonalds Shark attack Describe / retell the story. Jokes.

Ikea. furniture vocabulary / dance

Axe. Learn English – Creativity / Thinking Skills

Kobe Bryant / Lebron James Triple double dialogue

Speaking English can be lethal! Comparing cultures.

Medieval Monks Help Desk – Technology, Concept of Print.

Gold's Temptation - Food.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on October 17, 2009 at 3:15am
You nut!! Ok, I have to take these in parts, if I watch them all in a row I stop paying attention : )

For the first grouping, my favorites are Chocolate Man, Life is Short, and 7 Days... I'm going to download these to keep. I can't imagine these commercials not invigorating the classroom!

Comment by Ellen Pham on October 17, 2009 at 5:37am
Ok, I'm back... the first time I saw a version of Medieval Monks Help Desk- I think it was on Saturday Night Live?- I laughed really hard, but that's not really a commercial, it's a skit adapted for a commercial... but it's still my favorite : )

My second favorite, in this group, is Berlitz Laundromat.

Thanks for doing all the leg work, David!

Comment by ddeubel on October 17, 2009 at 11:50am

You are welcome and I hope teachers will use the suggested topics to good effect. I will be doing a few fall workshops on teaching teenagers and will bring in Media Awareness as a good way of teaching through a subject and getting the teens thinking. So often we don't respect their intelligence and use it to motivate them to learn/speak English.

Don't you love that Xbox commercial? It would be a great lead in to a time line activity. I think it is just super....... I included the IT Monks one because it really is super and thought this would be as good a place as any for teachers to encounter it. Yes, the Laundromat one could also be a good lead in to sterotypes :)
Comment by Ellen Pham on October 24, 2009 at 7:25am
This commercial always makes me smile...

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