This blog contains a series of movie segments to be used to brainstorm, warm up, follow up, and activate schemata, preparing the students for the topic that will be discussed in class. Here you will find the segments, the lesson plans, and varied topics to foster conversation. You may use the activities for a full two-hour class or they can be used separately to brainstorm or wrap up the topic, focusing on conversation, vocabulary and listening comprehension.
I love animated movies. This one has a beautiful story about friendship, admiration and fighting for your beliefs. Besides, it is a lovely scene.
I. Work with a partner. Make a list of at least 10 people both of you admire. Make sure they are all from different areas/fields.
II. Who have you most admired this year?Think about one person for each item below. Say who you admire and why.
A family member
A male celebrity
A female celebrity
A sports person
III. Share your list in small groups.
IV. Discuss the questions.
1. Who did you look up to / admire most when you were a child? Why did you have such admiration for that person?
2. Who do you look up to / admire most now?
3. Do you think you are a good role model?
4. Who do you think was a good / bad influence on you when you were a child?
5. Were you a good / bad influence on your friends?
V. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions.
1. Who is the role model in the segment?
2. Why is he so admirable?
3. Do you think he deserves the admiration? Why (not)?
4. How did he change the life of his admirers?
4. Do you know anyone who has a similar story of admiration? Share it with your friend. It does not have to be a surfer or a sports person.
Bringing energy and initiative to your job every day shows commitment.
Caring more about your work and your organization will show in the
results you produce. Showing commitment can demonstrate your leadership
potential to managers and lead to career opportunities.
1. Do you agree with this statement? What are some ways of showing commitment in your workplace?
2. He also mentions four different features of commitment. Write the item on the top of each of the following paragraphs
1. Putting customers first
3. Keep motivation strong
Attending to the details of your job demonstrates your understanding and respect for the workplace culture. For example, being punctual and prepared when at
work, respecting workplace property and policies or attending meetings
when expected shows that you can handle job obligations. Respecting
office rules regarding such things as dress code, personal phone use or
office romances shows maturity. Too many breeches of
workplace basics can undermine your credibility when your commitment
needs to shine. Going beyond basics by putting in extra hours, taking up
others’ slack and delivering extra service to others shows
Striving for satisfaction shows your commitment to your
employer’s objectives. Even if your job doesn’t involve interacting with
threm directly, your job plays a role in keeping your
organization’s clients base loyal and growing. Handling every task with
the idea fresh in your mind that your work impacts consumers, company
profits and your paycheck may also boost your pride in your work and
lead to improved job performance.
Making significant contributions to any group task shows
commitment to your work team. Displaying confidence in your ideas,
skills and solutions is a trait that employers value. Being a reliable
follower shows commitment to your team’s objectives and an understanding
of the part you play in a bigger picture. Taking leadership roles and
organizing team members to cooperate with each other, or collaborate
with other groups, shows a commitment to big picture achievement.
Keeping yourself and your co-workers or subordinates excited about the job can show your commitment to the overall challenges and demands of your
business. It can be challenging keeping up high performance standards. Encouraging
employees to develop new skills, improve operations and process or take
new risks to advance the business can awaken them,
suggests Michael A. Olguin in his “Inc.” article, “Worn Out Employees?
Five Ways to Crank Up the Energy.” Also, practicing and encouraging a
healthy balance between work and personal life shows commitment to
worker well-being that’s good for business.
II. Watch the segment and answer the questions:
1) What are the interviewer's feelings about the job? How committed is he?
2) What about the interviewee's feeling about the job?
3) What is the real situation of the the TV program, Daybreak? What is it about?
4) What does the candidate do to promote herself and be hired?
5) Which of the four different features of commitment in exercise 2 did you manage to see in the young professional looking for the job? Give concrete examples for each one of them, if it is the case.