In my seventh video topic in the Language Notes series I focus on how we make random choices. From rock, paper, scissors to a coin toss, I take the time to explain the format and the rules of each method. I realize that this topic may have less relevance that mealtimes or other previous topics I’ve addressed, but I think the discussion broadens learners’ understanding of the cultural context. They may not draw straws tomorrow, but they may come across the practice in a film or hear mention of it in a conversation.
Here are some suggestions for the classroom.
- Use my Language Notes_7_classroom slides to check students’ understanding of random choices and find out whether they are already familiar with some of the methods covered in the video.
- Use Making Random Choices_handout A to direct students’ listening. They will watch the video and listen for details.
- Use Making Random Choices_handout B to encourage production.
- Use my interactive exercises for independent review.
- OPTIONAL: You can use the rhyme “Eenie meenie miney mo” to review a couple different pronunciation points. First, I see three instances of linking a final consonant sound to an initial vowel sound in the phrases: catch a / if (h)e / let (h)im. Also, you could contrast /i/ with /ɪ/, as in “eenie” vs. “him.”
- OPTIONAL: You can tie the video content to use of any of the methods or reference to any of the methods in songs, films, or TV. For instance, Justin Bieber’s “Eenie Meenie” is still getting hits online. (Click here for lyrics.)