Speaking activities + Teacher's notes. Talking about Fashion and Appearance. Discussion ideas and thought-provoking questions.


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The PPT suggests two interactive communicative activities ("speed dating" and four corners) to encourage and facilitate the discussion of fashion and appearance.
The PPT includes 20 thought-provoking questions and ideas to get the students talking, all of the discussion questions and and both of the speaking activities were successfully used in my classes (14-24 students).

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Speaking activities + Teacher's notes. Talking about Fashion and Appearance. Discussion ideas and thought-provoking questions.

  1. 1. Talking about Fashion and appearance Discussion ideas and throught-provoking questions Developed by Alina Dashkewitz
  2. 2. • Watch the video and express your opinion about the show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTBvN 7vaj94) Pop Idol Remember to keep the structure of an opinion speech and use linking and transition words to make your speech smooth and coherent.
  3. 3. Teacher’s Notes • Each of the following slides features one question. When discussion is held among more than 6 students, it is a good idea to organize it in the form of a “speed dating” activity.
  4. 4. “Speed dating” activity Arrange the chair in two rows so that each of the students are facing another fellow student. (If the classroom doesn’t allow for this, then the students can simply be standing in two lines facing each other). The students will see a question projected on the whiteboard. They will have three minutes to discuss this issue with the person sitting/standing opposite to them.
  5. 5. “Speed dating” activity When the instructor changes the slide, each person sitting in the front row needs to change their seat, moving one seat to the right, so that everyone in the front row changes their places clockwise. The students in the back row remain in their seats (see the graph on the next slide). After the students in the first row make the move, everyone is facing a new speaking partner. Discuss the new question with your new partner for two minutes, then the question will change again and the students sitting in the front row will have to move again as well.
  6. 6. “Speed dating” pattern 1 2 1 43 2 43 1 2 1 43 24 3 1 2 1 43 243 1 2 1 43 2 43
  7. 7. Are you concerned about clothes? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ancora_marina/
  8. 8. Do you follow fashion? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/studiodxavier/
  9. 9. Have you ever been embarrassed by the clothes you wore? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/snowdeal/
  10. 10. When do you dress up?
  11. 11. What do you look for when you buy clothes? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/froderberg/
  12. 12. Do you know anyone who has changed their appearance by getting a body piercing (a getting a navel ring, piercing their tongue, lips, etc. ) Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jooferr/
  13. 13. How do you think fashion will change in the future? Fashion as imagined in 1893 - The Future Dictates of Fashion by W. Cade Gall
  14. 14. What do you think of wearing colored contact lenses? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29718769@N05/
  15. 15. Would you ever consider getting a tattoo? Why?/ Why not? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kovicfotos/
  16. 16. Would you ever consider getting a makeover? Why?/Why not? What kind of people usually decide to have a makeover? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/phot os/mr_mohammed/
  17. 17. What is the role of fashion to one’s happiness? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/salvadordeluniverso/
  18. 18. Is makeup only for women?
  19. 19. “Four corners” Activity The four corners of the classroom are marked as AGREE, DISAGREE, IN TWO MINDS (MAYBE/IT DEPENDS), DON’T KNOW. The Teacher shows the Students a topic sentence (see the next several slides) and each of the Students goes to a corner that corresponds to their personal opinion on this issue (Students who don’t agree with the statement go to the corner marked DISAGREE, students who support the statement, go to the corner marked AGREE and so on).
  20. 20. “Four corners” Activity The Students discuss their opinion in groups in each corner and try to come up with arguments to justify their opinion Then each “corner” present their point of view to the other groups ( can either be presented by one student or each student can present a paragraph of the speech). Remind the Students to keep the structure of an opinion speech
  21. 21. The fashion industry works by making people feel bad about the way they look. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kalexanderson/
  22. 22. You shouldn’t judge people by the clothes they wear. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryandevera/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/bloomie/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyfaller/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosimoes7/
  23. 23. It is not important to look fashionable if you want success in life. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tetrapak/
  24. 24. Good-looking people are more successful. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamgrabek/
  25. 25. Good-looking people have the avantage of the Halo effect. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alizaschaffer/
  26. 26. Plastic surgery has become modern beauty.
  27. 27. Permanent makeup tatoos will become a norm in the future. Photo credt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shout-it/
  28. 28. In the future we will use 3-D printers to make clothes, which means you will be able to buy a code of your new pants or dress and print them at home. Source: http://mashable.com/2014/04/04/francis-bitonti- 3d-printing/
  29. 29. Developed by Alina Dashkevich