When I was a young(er) teacher, quite cut off and alone in a town in the Czech Rep. — one of the books that were my best friends was “The Dimensions of the Present Moment” – a collection of essays by the Czech immunologist / poet , Miroslav Holub (more on him HERE). In one essay, he outlined how each breath / line of poetry is less than 3 seconds or 1 moment. He continued to outline how a moment can be defined as 3 seconds. About the time it takes for to oxygenate over and over, the brain.
I’ve always returned to that thought, that moment.
This video really shows what moments are…. It could be used in class to great effect. Just go through and pause. Ask the students what is happening at that moment. If I have time this week, I’m going to make some learning material for this… enjoy the moments!
You can use these cards to teach with this video. (just be careful of “one” scene which is adult – get the edited version of the video on EFL Classroom 2.0!).
Students can read out their card as the scene appears. Or play last one standing. They sit down when their card appears. Those left standing win. Or show a scene and ask students to write 5 sentences for it, using the 5ws. Lots of rich, contextualized language production possible!
Hat’s off to David Truss for helping me find this marvelous video!