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  • Waygook Lord

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Told to teach about cosmetics
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:48:06 pm »
Iíll have an open class. Other teachers in the school will observe the teaching. My boss told me to make a lesson about cosmetics. But thatís not even in the curriculum. I guess he chose it because he thought thatís what girls are interested in. But they are not yet, fortunately. And I donít want to be the bad influence that makes them think more about what they look like and how to become more sexually appealing. The students are grade 1 middle school, so maybe 12 in international age? Time applying makeup is time that could be spent elsewhere. It's also slightly toxic, even moreso to a smaller body with tinier developing organs.

I'm writing down what I'll text to my boss, the head teacher. I need to choose my words carefully, because orders from above are expected to be followed without question.

óóó

"Could we do a different topic for the open class? I think grade 1 students are too young to be wearing makeup. I want to avoid diminishing their childhood and innocence..."
_________

I'm exhausted after a long day and thus can't think well to write well. But I think I should say something ASAP to avoid a situation in which the topic of the lesson plan has been submitted to the education office and now can't be changed, or something like that. I'm thinking my best course of action now is to offer an alternative that is an exeptional lesson related to the textbook.

Thoughts / ideas / suggestions?






  • thunderlips
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • June 07, 2012, 10:01:55 am
    • South Korea
Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 03:04:37 pm »
Give an educational lesson about cosmetics not how to apply them. History, chemical makeup (some dangerous ones), animal testing and unrealistic beauty standards. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cosmetics
« Last Edit: October 31, 2019, 03:08:31 pm by thunderlips »


  • Kyndo
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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2019, 09:01:29 pm »
Or maybe about the history of make-up in different parts of the world (like say, ancient Egyptian customs vs those in ancient China, vs Aztec etc). Could also talk about present day cultural differences regarding makeup: some societies add darker foundation to make one look tanned, while others lighten their skin etc.


  • VanIslander
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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 03:58:06 am »
I already use the topic of cosmetics to engage them. We are language teachers, so make LANGUAGE the focus, cosmetics as a topic is just a means not an end.

For example,

Foundation Day. The students learn the name of the holiday not by my telling them, but by my elliciting the idea from them (CELTA training taught me to "ask, not tell").

- i say long long time ago a tiger and a bear go into a cave. The tiger runs out and the bear stays and becomes what?
(a student says "human" or "person")

I then draw a horizontal short line on the board: "first person", then another line above it "second", and third and so on up to ten or so, point at the top and ask who is it? "Hint" the first person, 2nd is their child, 3rd their grandchild, 4th great grandchild,... so the top NOW is.... (a student says ' us ' or 'me'). That is the holiday. I then put a line around the lines of the board to frame what now looks like a tall building. I then ask what is put into the ground to make the ground strong. I draw a line under the building and poibt beneath it. What goes first here? (Extra hint is to mention the tower of Pisa, show elbow forearm slanted so students could see it leaning and i ask why the building is no good. What should be under the ground to keep a building up straight and strong.)
Student says cement or concrete. I write on the board that it is the: "f _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ of the building"

The f word is the name of the holiday in english. What is the f word?

I then get to cosmetics. By now the idea of the word and why the holiday is called it is known to the students but then have yet to know what word represents that idea.

I then get to cosmetics. Before a wman puts on powder (i pat my cheeks) or blush, sge puts on cream. What kind of cream? I point at the f ---------- on the board. I repeat it if needed. Some middle schooler always comes up with "foundation". DING DING DING i cheer. That's it. You are right. Foundation if make-up. Foundation if a building. Foundation of korean people. What is the name of the holiday. "Foundation day" students then say.

I have done this with dozens of classes over the years successfully. Tweaking it, it works like a charm.

Cosmetics helps in other lessons...

A mouth opening has two parts: the top and bottom what? Hibt: women put what makeup here on the outside part of their mouth? Students say " lipstick. " Yes, a stick for the...." lip," yes you are right. One lip, two.. (hint: one desk, two... i point... they say "desks" so one lip two.... ) "lips". Yes , you are right.

Then i ask students what is the difference between lipstick and lip balm and on the board ellicit: dry, looks good...

I also use cosmetics in learning body parts: what makeup goes on eye lids? (I point at them, mention lid as cover like a pot has a lid to cover the soup pot) eye brows? Cheeks? Pimples! Forehead.

Have a quiz at the end to review the target language of the lesson.

There ate plenty of language lessons informed by the topic of cosmetics.

« Last Edit: November 01, 2019, 04:01:34 am by VanIslander »


  • Mr C
  • The Legend

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    • October 17, 2012, 03:00:40 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2019, 07:35:49 am »
Mr. C is not a bad person, in fact is quite a good person here. One of the best people on this forum if you really look at it
-Mr.DeMartino


  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2019, 08:27:47 am »
I already use the topic of cosmetics to engage them. We are language teachers, so make LANGUAGE the focus, cosmetics as a topic is just a means not an end.

For example,

Foundation Day. The students learn the name of the holiday not by my telling them, but by my elliciting the idea from them (CELTA training taught me to "ask, not tell").

- i say long long time ago a tiger and a bear go into a cave. The tiger runs out and the bear stays and becomes what?
(a student says "human" or "person")

I then draw a horizontal short line on the board: "first person", then another line above it "second", and third and so on up to ten or so, point at the top and ask who is it? "Hint" the first person, 2nd is their child, 3rd their grandchild, 4th great grandchild,... so the top NOW is.... (a student says ' us ' or 'me'). That is the holiday. I then put a line around the lines of the board to frame what now looks like a tall building. I then ask what is put into the ground to make the ground strong. I draw a line under the building and poibt beneath it. What goes first here? (Extra hint is to mention the tower of Pisa, show elbow forearm slanted so students could see it leaning and i ask why the building is no good. What should be under the ground to keep a building up straight and strong.)
Student says cement or concrete. I write on the board that it is the: "f _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ of the building"

The f word is the name of the holiday in english. What is the f word?

I then get to cosmetics. By now the idea of the word and why the holiday is called it is known to the students but then have yet to know what word represents that idea.

I then get to cosmetics. Before a wman puts on powder (i pat my cheeks) or blush, sge puts on cream. What kind of cream? I point at the f ---------- on the board. I repeat it if needed. Some middle schooler always comes up with "foundation". DING DING DING i cheer. That's it. You are right. Foundation if make-up. Foundation if a building. Foundation of korean people. What is the name of the holiday. "Foundation day" students then say.

I have done this with dozens of classes over the years successfully. Tweaking it, it works like a charm.

Cosmetics helps in other lessons...

A mouth opening has two parts: the top and bottom what? Hibt: women put what makeup here on the outside part of their mouth? Students say " lipstick. " Yes, a stick for the...." lip," yes you are right. One lip, two.. (hint: one desk, two... i point... they say "desks" so one lip two.... ) "lips". Yes , you are right.

Then i ask students what is the difference between lipstick and lip balm and on the board ellicit: dry, looks good...

I also use cosmetics in learning body parts: what makeup goes on eye lids? (I point at them, mention lid as cover like a pot has a lid to cover the soup pot) eye brows? Cheeks? Pimples! Forehead.

Have a quiz at the end to review the target language of the lesson.

There ate plenty of language lessons informed by the topic of cosmetics.

You could have given me a billion guesses, and I'd never have guessed that a "Bear" turned into a "human" or "person". :O


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  • Waygook Lord

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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2019, 08:53:49 am »
I was told students will end the class by making an advertisement poster promoting a cosmetics brand. What I do before that is supposed to build up to that.


  • Kyndo
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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2019, 09:53:27 am »
You could have given me a billion guesses, and I'd never have guessed that a "Bear" turned into a "human" or "person". :O
It's a big part of the Korean creation myth.
Tigers everywhere think it's really racist!



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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2019, 10:06:48 am »
There were warring tribes - bear and tiger. The bear tribe won and made the story about how the tiger was weaker and that the Korean people are half god half bear.


Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2019, 10:34:24 am »
Yesterday was Halloween, you can find quite a few amazing Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube. You could do a lesson on the types of makeup used, techniques, as well as career opportunities for makeup artists.

You could do a lesson on how makeup varies by country or over time.

For an open class, I'd stay clear of sensitive issues like beauty standards or animal testing.


  • VanIslander
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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2019, 11:37:09 am »
There were warring tribes - bear and tiger. The bear tribe won and made the story about how the tiger was weaker and that the Korean people are half god half bear.
You pulled that idea out of your keister.

Bear creation stories are prevalent in many parts of Siberia.


  • Kyndo
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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2019, 12:28:58 pm »
There were warring tribes - bear and tiger. The bear tribe won and made the story about how the tiger was weaker and that the Korean people are half god half bear.
You pulled that idea out of your keister.

Bear creation stories are prevalent in many parts of Siberia.
Here's the actual Korean bear creation story:



         Back in the day, Dangun was the founder of Gojoseon, the first Kingdom in the Land of Morning Qualms. He doesn't actually figure in this story at all.
         His grand pappy, Hwan-in, was the "Lord of Heaven," while his dad, Hwan-ung, descended to earth and founded a society on the Korean peninsula. It is suspected that he might secretly have been a furry.
        When a bear and a tiger came to Hwan-ung up in the high mountains and asked to be made human, he gave them each a bundle of sacred food to eat and told them to stay in a cave for 100 days, after which time they would become human. While the tiger gave up (because the sacred foods consisted mostly of mountain herbs which she, an obligate carnivore, could not digest), the bear followed Hwang-ung's directions and was turned into a human woman named Ungnyeo (because she was a bear, which are generalists and are capable of eating a wide variety of foods, including stringy mountain weeds).
       Ungnyeo got it on with Hwang-ung and soon gave birth to Dangun, who, again, has very little to do with the creation myth. This guy then went on to rule Gojoseon for bearly (pun!) 1,500 years before becoming a mountain deity.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2019, 12:33:17 pm by kyndo »


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  • Waygook Lord

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Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2019, 01:50:39 pm »
There were warring tribes - bear and tiger. The bear tribe won and made the story about how the tiger was weaker and that the Korean people are half god half bear.

You pulled that idea out of your keister.

No, I didn't. One of my best Korean friends told me that.


Re: Told to teach about cosmetics
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2019, 02:06:09 pm »
Yeah, if I were doing this lesson, I'd make it about various techniques and what can be done with makeup.

Would do as the others say and stay away from going over different beauty standards. I'd probably end up showing the more extravagant end results of skilled makeup artistry, including the ones where the artists create optical illusions with their makeup. I saw a crazy one where a woman made her nose look like it was in a completely different part of her face.

You could have given me a billion guesses, and I'd never have guessed that a "Bear" turned into a "human" or "person". :O

There's a movie that alludes to the Korean bear creation story.

It's super bizarre, though.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433775/