Alienated

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Before projecting the video below, ask your students if they understand the expressions “hidden camera”, and “to play a prank on somebody”.

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  1. How would you react if you were the victim of the prank in the video? How do you think you would feel when the prank was finally revealed by a member of the production company?
  2. What do you think of internet pranks like this? Do you find them funny? Do you think they sometimes go too far?
  3. Do you think there might be life on other planets? What kind of life? What do you think alien life might look like?
  4. Why are we so fascinated by aliens and the possibility of life on other planets?
  5. Here are some examples of films which feature aliens: Independence Day, E.T., Mars Attacks, Alien, Prometheus, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Avatar, Predator, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Which of them have you seen? Do you have a favourite alien film? Why do you like it so much?
  6. If aliens visit the Earth one day, do you think their intentions will be peaceful, or will they come to conquer, kill or enslave us?
  7. Will we be “aliens” one day? Do you think it will be us, human beings, that visit and possibly colonise other planets rather than the other way round?
  8. What do you think of people who claim to have seen UFOs or to have been abducted by aliens? What about conspiracy theorists who say the government is suppressing information about UFO sightings or contact with extraterrestrial visitors?
  9. If alien life forms visited the Earth on a fact-finding mission, what do you think they would report on returning to their own planet?
  10. Do you think it is justified to spend money on space exploration in an attempt to discover life on other planets?

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Which two of the above questions are being discussed?

Download “Question time” and the “Sitting comfortably?” script in an editable Word document here.  

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A : Alien Infiltrators

This activity is a simple version of a GPS-based, video-recording game called Invader. The game was designed by Paul Driver, the author of Language Learning with Digital Video, and the brains behind Digital Debris  a blog dedicated to digital games and technology in ELT.

Tell your students to imagine they are aliens who have been sent on a fact-finding mission to planet Earth prior to its invasion and subjugation. For homework or project work, ask them to “gather anthropological reconnaissance data to inform the imminent full-scale invasion” by filming short video reports. Show your students the video below (also from Paul’s website) to give them an idea of what they should be aiming at.

B : Alien Alibi

This is a variation on the classic ELT roleplay game Alibi (if you have no idea how to set up and play Alibi, click here).

The game is best played in groups of 4 students. Unlike the original “cops and robbers” version, the roles for Alien Alibi are:
a) two UFO spotters who claim to have been abducted by aliens.
b) two sceptical press reporters whose job it is to find inconsistencies between the abductees’ stories.

C : Scriptwriting Activity

Ask your students to use their imaginations to write the dialogue between the people who feature in the prank video; the taxidriver, the two passengers and, if you like, the aliens breaking into the car. You might like to give them the following prompts to help them structure their scripts.

  • Two passengers get into taxi and tell driver where they want to go.
  • Chit-chat between the taxi driver and passengers.
  • Taxi driver gets lost, gets out of car and is beamed up to UFO.
  • Passengers’ panic as the aliens try to get into the taxi.

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