Jennifer Aniston, Emirates and an English lesson

Tailoring your teaching to each and every student is fantastic, no doubt. And I am a big fan of course. But isn’t it nice to have something up your sleeve, something that would work for everyone?
It’s not often the case, unfortunately, but lately I’ve been trying to practise the “less is more” principle and try to stretch as my efforts adapting the same content for different levels and needs. I’ve used this commercial with 5 different students, from pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate, and it went down brilliantly!
As it is a) a commercial b) about an airline (and a swanky one!) c)starring Jennifer Aniston d) touching upon sleep, dreams and nightmares, it can be used to accompany a number of great speaking topics, like travelling, sleep, films…
It uses quite a lot (for a commercial, anyway) of language, so I asked my students to watch it twice, first asking a couple of general questions (at the same time introducing some vocab they might have forgotten/ not know, like “lounge”):

You can google this commercial (“Emirates Airlines featuring Jennifer Anniston”)

or use the link here

Watch once. Answer the questions:
Is it her dream or reality?
Is she flying some usual airline or a more fancy one?
Is she enjoying herself?
Is  there a shower?
is there a lounge?
And then asking to spot which of the phrases were actually used in the video (to make it simplier for the ones who might be struggling with listening comprehension):
Watch again if you need to.
Which of the phrases are/ are not said in the commercial?
  • Is there someone we can talk to about may be flying us around a little bit longer before we land?
  • well, aren’t I gonna look really silly, dressed like this in a lounge?
  • It was such a nightmare!
  • Wake up happy!
  • There is no lounge.
  • There are no showers, but we do have hot towels.
  • I am sorry to hear that, Madame
  • We are landing in an hour
  • I was on the plane and it was nothing like this.
I was varying the number of the expressions depending on the level, but the good thing is, no one told me “I don’t understand” which is a big achievement in itself,  everyone enjoyed the ad (and Aniston, of course) . Moreover, it set a nice mood at the lesson and got them all talking. Yaay!

About Svetlana Urisman

I am an ADOS and an English teacher (and materials writer) in a language school in Moscow. I have been an ADOS and a teacher trainer for a couple of years and a teacher for about 10 years. I am keen to share some ideas and materials I've developed in order to take them further and not to lose them. You are welcome to use any materials represented in this blog, and I will be happy to get your feedback afterwards if you take them to your classroom! ;-)
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