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The time you have left in jellybeans
« on: August 16, 2013, 09:17:00 am »
A lesson around the video "The Time You Have Left  in Jellybeans" by ZeFrank.

Students watch a video and do a couple of basic listening exercises, then read a more challenging article and discuss it.

Based on the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk
And the article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/06/07/annie-dillard-the-writing-life-1/
Although many articles on this site could work with the video too.

I have only two students and this took about 45 minutes to an hour. You could def stretch it longer especially if there are more students.


  • yngwie
  • Newgookin

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    • January 31, 2013, 12:18:59 pm
    • Uljin
Re: The time you have left in jellybeans
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 03:46:51 pm »
What an excellent lesson! I love this. I'll give it a try today.


  • BrittanyB
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    • March 04, 2012, 06:53:31 pm
    • Gwangju
Re: The time you have left in jellybeans
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2014, 12:18:39 pm »
I made a ppt to go along with this. Also in this ppt I had the teaches start by telling a story. Then ended with a game explained in ppt. 


Re: The time you have left in jellybeans
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2016, 06:47:35 am »
Thanks so much for this lesson and the additional PPT. You are too nice sharing it. It is my style of teaching with videos.  I promise I will upload some of my lessons soon.


Re: The time you have left in jellybeans
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2016, 08:19:08 am »
My take on it....

I couldn't include the article because it is too long and complicated.  I have to contain my lessons to 50 minutes - the article will take a full lesson.  So I spent a little time to add picture clues for idioms related to time, as well as some quotes. 

The ppt is a guide for the flow of the lesson.

I realized that  I should first only let them watch the video because they will be distracted when they have to write down things.  I then played the video once for the students to list the activities mentioned in the video, then checked their answers.  Then I played it twice for them to write down the numbers, corrected their answers and played it one more time for them to check the numbers.  They ALL had problems with the numbers.  The best score was 3 correct.

I repeated the lesson for several classes for the day and depending of the time left after the video activity, I told them to use the idioms in context.

I hope this will be useful to someone.  Unfortunately I don't have time to type out a detailed lesson plan or teacher's guide.


Re: The time you have left in jellybeans
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2017, 06:28:27 am »
First, thanks for introducing this video. Second, it's quite depressing. But I'm looking forward to making this into my own lesson plan for the adults I teach.