Larissa Albano: Introductions - a video challenge

An introduction… challenge for young adults

An introduction… challenge for young adults

Are you one of those people who accepted the ice bucket challenge in the summer? Had you been nominated but you didn’t dare to pour a bucket of ice water on your head?

For those of you unaware of what the ice bucket challenge is, below is a summary

“The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014.
The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation”.
- Wikipedia

I ran into so many videos on Facebook during the summer (I was nominated myself as well, but I preferred just donating ;-) ) that I thought I could use the idea of a video challenge in my first class with the group of young adults.

Video challenge activity

Aims: By the end of the activity, your students will have

  • analyzed their needs
  • got known each other and their teacher
  • practiced their listening and speaking skills
  • used mobile learning.

Target students: Young adults

Time: about 60 minutes

Level: intermediate (and above)


1) Tell your students you are going to show them a video in which you introduce yourself.

This is the typescript of my video

Hi there, my name is Larissa Albano and I’m going to be your English teacher this year. I’m 29. I have been teaching since I left university and I love my job. When I don’t teach I spend my time reading, watching TV series - I’m a kind of bing-watcher - and dancing.
My goal is to help you succeed in learning English but in order to do this you need to accept my challenge!

Now make a short video while answering the following questions (I show the questions written on chart paper):

  • Who am I?
  • What do I need?
  • What resources (people, activities or things) could assist me in reaching my small and larger goals?
  • What can my class do to assist me?
  • What can my teacher do to assist me?
  • What would be a statement that would encourage me?
  • What are three strategies that my teacher could use to assist me in moving toward my goals?
  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my challenges?

I look forward to watching your videos!

2) Hand out copies of the questions.

3) Create a Facebook group of the class and add the students (alternatively you can create a Whatsapp group) while they are making notes for their answers.

4) Pair your students up to take videos of each other while they are speaking. Monitor students in order to correct their mistakes (grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary).

5) Invite your students to post their videos on the Social Network group. (In this way you will have a record of your students’ needs and you can get back to them every time you need to plan your lessons.)

6) Use the TV or the smart board to watch the videos together.

7) Ask students to tell you something about another classmate.

Average: 1 (2 votes)

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