I used the Film Annie activity I mentioned last night with one addition – the very latest news from the Thai media which the students explained to me in English.
As I mentioned last night, I had planned to try out my lesson plan for using the last week’s three Film-Annie stories http://bit.ly/bKdwWC with my new class for Bangkok Post employees. That I did, beginning with the direct-indirect speech exercise I detailed last night http://bit.ly/bRtiNu . Most students picked up on this very well and we were able to proceed quite quickly.
I made one change, however, which worked extremely well. In checking out the Matichon website earlier in the afternoon I had noticed that there was a major development in the Film-Annie story in which Annie was accused of having affairs with four men, each time claiming she was pregnant. Thus, at the end of the class I brought up the story on the Matichon site and had the students read it in Thai. Since I claimed I couldn’t read the story, I had them explain it to me in English using indirect speech. The students did very well – an obvious high-interest activity. There is nothing better than fresh news to keep students awake.