Sunday, April 24, 2011

Memoirs of a Geisha: ESL Class on Beauty

I used the brilliant movie Memoir of a Geisha to start a Lesson on beauty. My students were really excitied about learning about different cultures. We also shared our views on beauty on our wiki. The best part for me was observing the beauty of technology reinforcing students' interacting meaningfully. Check our wiki here.
Type of activivity __________ Opener / speaking
Language________________ Word related words - beauty
Topic____________________ Beauty / dressing appropriately
Time_____________________50 minutes
Age group________________ Adults
Level ____________________ Upper intermediare
Materials _________________ Powerpoint presentation, movie
Webtool _________________ pbwiki

1. Read the following quotes. What do they mean? Which ones do you agree with the most?

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

~John Muir

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

~Author Unknown

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

~Rabindrath Tagore

That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful. ~Ninon de L'Enclos

2. Watch the following commercial. What message does it convey?

3. Can you think of images that depict concepts of ideal beauty at different times and in different places? What do you know about geishas? Watch this movie segment to find out more about them.

4. What do you know about these cultures?

5.Listen to your teacher's definition of beauty. How would you define/describe beauty? Leave your comments on our wiki.

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