Posts Tagged ‘Mr. Show’

Want to spice up a dull food-and/or-restaurant-related unit with your Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate students?  Or you want to set up a unit related to language for making complaints?  Or perhaps you just want to give your tourist-industry class a quick laugh and have a little discussion.

If any of the above are true in your case, then I heartily welcome you to the Burgundy Loaf:



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As usual, this lesson is not recommended for uptight or super-“by-the-book” type classes and cultural situations.  Highly appropriate for most Western, university-aged students.  (Although a lot of EU residents may be unfamiliar with what exactly “customs” is.)

“Do You Have Anything to Declare?” Travel English / Customs Roleplay Lesson Plan

level: intermediate / upper-intermediate

aims: practice “travel english” and customs situation; noun and verbs forms


Mr. Show “Shampoo” video

do-you-have-anything-to-declare (MS Word document, 38 KB) (more…)

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level: intermediate

aims: present and/or review going to/will distinction for plans/promises, listening practice



(The lesson plan appears below.)

Well, I have very few classes left before I knock off for the holiday.  That leaves me thinking already about the New Year and that New Year English teaching favorite that is “reviewing future forms”.

Hence, the second installment in my “Mr. Show for English Teaching” series.

We’re looking at going to for personal plans and intentions vs. will for future facts and promises. (I don’t know about other languages, but speakers with Spanish as their L1 tend to confuse these two functions, often using will to talk about their plans for this weekend or to talk about the weather tomorrow, for example.)

Also, I kind of prefer to leave will for offers out of the equation and deal with it separately, as well as present continuous and present simple with future meanings and all that.  If not, I find that having so many variables and explanations can be counterproductive for the purpose of noticing and practicing these specific uses.

Here’s the video.


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level: intermediate, upper-intermediate

aims: review present perfect / past simp. (esp. “Have you ever…?”), intensive listening, practice job interview situation.



(The Lesson Plan appears below.)

Still teaching your adults Present Perfect? Your students still have trouble producing or recognizing certain participle forms and what not?

Or perhaps you’re especially bored with the unit of job interviews, etc. in your textbook and you want to spice it up a bit.

If your students are adults, i.e. if they don’t have parents who would flip out over slightly racy subject matter then this video just might be for you.

Note: Contains references to drug use and child molestation. Obviously not for kids and definitely not recommended for teachers with uptight, by-the-book type students or teaching situations (click on the link below and watch the video to judge if it’s appropriate or not).

Disclaimer: $trictly 4 my T.E.A.C.H.E.R.Z. accepts no responsibility for any jobs being lost, teachers being fired, students and/or parents complaining, etc., due to use of materials presented here which may or not be considered controversial or taboo. Teachers should use good judgment in choosing materials to be used with each student or group. Just putting that out there…!

I must say that my Spanish adults, for example, ate this one up, they thought it was hilarious. And useful.

Also, I’ve included recommendations for using the video in one-on-one with each stage of the lesson.

See the video here. I would recommend that you go ahead and buy all the Mr. Show DVDs, it’s pretty gosh-darn hilarious stuff (plus, I have more Mr. Show lessons on the way, in case you’re wondering).


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