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Optional (1) : Volkswagen’s Fun Theory campaign includes more examples of fun being used to change people’s behaviour for the better. If you’ve already seen the Piano Staircase below, you might like to show your students one of the other five videos you’ll find on their website.
Optional (2) : The theme of dance seems to have been a constant in viral videos right from the word go. Here’s a selection of some of the most well-known, from Dancing Baby in the late 1990’s through to this year’s Pharrel Williams Happy meme. I’ll leave it up to you and your students to decide what to do with them.
1. Where the hell is Matt?
2. Evolution of dance
3. Baby dances when she hears her favourite song
4. Sasquatch music festival dance party
5. Dancing baby
6. JK Wedding Entrance Dance
7. Young Iranians dancing to Pharrell Williams’s Happy in Tehran
8. Woman dancing at bus stop
- Why do most people hate waiting? How annoyed do you get when you have to wait?
- When you want to cross a road do you normally try to find a pedestrian crossing? Do you always wait for the green man to appear before crossing?
- How dangerous is it to cross the road where you live? Do drivers usually stop to let pedestrians cross a road? Is it common for drivers to jump red lights at junctions with traffic lights?
- How easy is it to be a pedestrian where you live? Is walking around your town/city a pleasant activity? Are the pavements wide enough? Are there any pedestrian precincts?
- Do you think we should always try to make mundane or unpleasant things fun?
- What about learning English? Do you think students learn more if they are having fun in class? Do you like doing game-like activities in class?
- Talk about some of the things you do to make mundane or unpleasant activities a little bit more enjoyable (e.g. listening to the radio while commuting to work).
- How often, where and on what occasions do you dance? Can you remember the last time you danced?
- Are you good at dancing? Do you only dance to certain types of music?
- Do you ever feel embarrassed when you dance? Why do many people find dancing embarrassing?
Which two of the above questions are being discussed?
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