10 ways to use MR BEAN as an ESL learning resource

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One of the most wonderful things about Mr Bean or any of these kinds of television programmes is that they tell a story very clearly without the need for words. That is one of the reasons why these programmes are so successful internationally because it tells you how humour can cross all languages and cultural boundaries if it is done right.

So one thing I can tell you is that you will probably already have your classes attention once you have these programmes up there on the screen. Often they will know them anyway. But why not take the opportunity to use these as resources for learning English also.  (Actually any language for that matter!)

Here are 10 ideas:

  1. Put captions to the screen shots
  2. Add speech bubbles to the characters
  3. Discuss why it is funny in English
  4. Rewrite the story in English
  5. Create your own Mr Bean mime with a narrator.
  6. Make a note of all the actions and get the class to tell you the English verbs for them
  7. Make a note of all the important objects and get the class to name the English nouns for them
  8. Create new titles for each scene
  9. Get the class to describe the beginning, middle and end of each scene in groups (both orally and written)
  10. Introduce some new slang or phrases that can make the scenes even funnier

Let me know if I missed something!

 

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