Today I came across another useful and amusing YouTube channel called Mental Floss. In this episode John Green is telling us 29 fun facts about desserts (never mentioning that it’s the word ‘stressed’ spelled backwards!) — a great video to show when teaching food. You could ask students to write down all the desserts names they hear and at least five facts each, making a competition who catches the most.
Okay, I’m supertired from the psychological questionnaires for my research, I’m just gonna watch some cute pictures for a while.
For example, this supercool project for all tourists and book-lovers and, again, Londoners (oh lucky bastards): you take a route and not merely wander around but look for the bench painted with a scene from your favorite book set in London. Isn’t it great? Marvellous fun for those who want to go if not off the beaten track then at least off the beaten purpose.
(It just occured to me that it could be an entertaining classroom activity: showing an image and making students guess the title of the book it represents.)
Dearest creature in creation Studying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.
I will keep you, Susy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy; Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear; Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet, Make my coat look new, dear, sewit! Just compare heart, hear and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word.
And so it goes for 274 lines. Written by a Dutch scholar and traveler in about 1920.
There is also a 147-line version, which you can listen to being read right here, and I should credit Propel Steps for the delight it brought me. A great material to teach spelling vs. pronounciation, and well, since we’re talking about spelling, here’s another amusing poem. “Sauce unknown”!
Here’s John Green explaining the mysteries of Great Gatsby in about 20 minutes, recommended both the Green’s and Fitzgerald’s fans (and, of course, students who don’t give a damn but have to write a paper) Also, it’s got subtitles, you lazy whiners!))
The Crash Course Literature also provides a cool analysis of Romeo and Juliet, Catcher in the Rye and some other classics.
John Green is cute and smart, too, just like his characters )