Listening/speaking lesson based around a video of a humorous talk by Mark Gungor.
Level: Intermediate/ upper-intermediate
Time: 50 -60 minutes
Aim: For students to show comprehension of a talk by Mark Gungor leading to a discussion about men vs. women stereotypes.
Lead-in: Play hangman or jumbled letters of the word “stereotype”. Elicit the meaning and some examples of stereotypes from students.
Pre-teach: basement, wire ( a ball of wire), to connectà connected, superhighway ( the internet superhighway), to burn= record, to care about, to be aware of, brain-dead, seemingly, to witness.
( First viewing ) Focus question: According to Mark Gungor, what can men do that women can’t do? / What are some differences between men’s brains and women’s brains?
Students watch the 5-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KrOZe2SxoQ
( Second viewing ) Comprehension questions: Dictate them or give them to students on a handout. (Dictating the questions to students really helps them focus and it’s a good listening/ writing exercise.)
According to Mark Gungor…
- What are men’s brains made up of?
- What is the rule in men’s brains?
- What does a man do when he discusses a subject?
- How are women’s brains different?
- What are women’s brains driven by?
- Why do women tend to remember everything?
- Why don’t men remember things in the same way?
- Which box in men’s brains are women not aware of?
- Why can a man do an activity like fishing?
- What drives a woman crazy?
Discussion: Men and women stereotypes or true?
Students discuss in pairs or small groups some of the following questions from English File Intermediate 3rd edition, page 31:
- Women worry more about their appearance than men.
- Women spend more time than men on social networking sites.
- Men talk more about things; women talk more about people.
- Men are more interested than women in gadgets like phones and tablets.
- Women are better at multitasking than men.
- Men find it more difficult than women to talk to their friends or family if they have a problem.
- Women spend more time than men talking about celebrities and their lifestyles.
- Men are more interested than women in power.
- Women are less interested in sport than men.
- Men worry more about their health than women.
If students have discussed the questions in closed pairs or groups, get a group member to report back to the class which statements they have agreed with or disagreed with and why.