Description: This is a video and song-based activity for English language teaching featuring the Apple ad Holiday - Share Your Gifts featuring Billie Eilish’s song Come out and Play and also the video ‘Holiday - how I create music on IMac and IPhone’, in which students talk about talents; find common ideas connecting quotes about talent and sharing; watch a video ad and play a memory game with questions about it; do a listening exercise with another video in which the singer talks about creating music; listen to the song and put the lyrics in order Language level: Pre-Intermediate (B1) and above Learner type: All ages Skills: speaking, reading & listening Topics: talent and music Language: Vocabulary related to talent and skills, expressions to agree, disagree and express opinions Materials: Youtube videos, video activity Worksheet, cut-out song lyrics worksheet and mp3 file Duration: 1h - 1h 30 min Downloadable materials: instructions; worksheet part 3; song mp3; cut-out song slips part 4
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Part 1 – Warm Up / Quotes
Step 1. Play hangman with the word 'talent'. Write on the board T ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Step 2. After the game, ask students to share some of the talents they have (whole class) Step 3. Write or project the following quotes on the board: 1- “The more you share, the more you receive to share.” Lailah Gifty Akita 2- “Don’t hide yourself. Stand up, keep your head high, and show them what you got!” Joe Mari Fadrigalan 3- “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” Pablo Picasso step 4. Ask students to read them and (individual task) think about their meaning carefully and find out if there is a connection between the quotes, and what it is. Step 5. After 1 or 2 min, have students share their ideas in pairs (2 min) Step 6. Have the pairs express their opinions to class and ask if the other students agree/disagree and why
Part 2 – Apple Ad video -Holiday Share your gifts
Step 7. Tell students they are going to watch a video. They should pay attention to the story to answer some “memory” game questions about it (divide the class into pairs or trios).
Memory Game Questions: 1. what color sweater was the girl wearing in the first scene of the video? (Red) 2. What 7-letter word is written on her laptop cover? (Supreme) 3. What is her occupation (baker) 4. What color is her uniform at her job? (Green) 5. What did she draw on the bus window? (Glasses) 6. What color is the box she keeps her paper sheets in? (Green) 7. What musical instrument does she have? (A piano)
Part 3 – Video 2: How I Create Music on iMac and iPhone ft. Billie Eilish
Step 8. FIRST WATCH. Students watch the video and answer the question: What does Billie Eilish compare music to? (emotion)Step 9. Hand out the Worksheet - part 3. Students watch the video again and fill in the gaps in the transcript. Play the video twice. And check the answers as a class. Answer key: Billie: I'm Billie Eilish. Finneas: I'm Finneas. Billie: And this is how we create a song from scratch. Music is emotion. I feel like, every song, I know, sounds like an emotion I've felt. it's like how could I make a song that sounds like the way that this light looks. I think that's really weird to think about, but it's more interesting for me that way. Like, it doesn't have to rhyme; it doesn't have to make sense; ['cause] it's just words. Sometimes I need to create something out of it. Finneas: Once we understand the narrative, [that] we can flesh out a song behind it. First guitar, then vocals, then that 808 sort of... Logic is really easy to have fun in and I think having fun in a program is how you get better. Billie: I think you have to force yourself sometimes. just put it out there, and if it flops, it flops. But who cares? At least you're doing what you want to be doing.
Part 4 (extra) lyrics
The Lyrics were divided in 12 slips of paper (print, cut out and laminate) Step 10. Divide students into groups of 4 (or fewer students per group, depending on the number of students) and give 1 set of cut out lyrics four group. Students listen and put the lyrics in order Play the song as many times as necessary. The first team to get the lyrics in the right order wins! Answer KEY (correct order): 10 - 09 - 11 -12 -01- 03- 08- 06- 05- 04- 02- 07
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