This clever clip was made by Fernando Córdova, a miniature car salesman from Chile. Visit his website at: http://www.miniaturas.cl/
- Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2)
- Learner type: Young learners; Teens; Adults
- Time: 40 minutes
- Activity: Creative writing; Speaking
- Topic: Flash cars
- Language: Numbers; Passive structures
- Materials: Video
Lesson plan outline
- Write 250 GTO on the board and ask students if they can tell you what it refers to.
- Dictate or tell your students the following:
- Tell students that nowadays, the sports car is a desirable and valuable collector’s item. Ask them guess how much a model could be sold for in an auction.
- Give out copies of the car questions (included in PDF download) and ask students to discuss them in pairs or small groups before getting feedback from everyone.
* Do you drive? If so, what kind of car do you have? If not, why not?
* Out of all the people you know, who has the most flash car? What kind of car does he/she have? What sort of person is he/she?
* Would you rather have a flash car or a great place to live? Why?
* What do you think of men or women with flash cars? Would you like to be one? Do you find them attractive?
* If you could afford any car on the planet, which car/type of car would you choose?
- Play the video clip and pause it after 3 or 4 seconds. Tell students that the man cleaning the Ferrari 250 GTO is called Fernando and he comes from Chile. Ask students to guess how much he paid for the model. Play, The Price is Right. Ask everyone to write down their exact figures on a piece of paper.
- Invite students to read out their guesses while you write the figures on the board. Use this as an opportunity to practice the pronunciation of big numbers.
- After establishing who came closest, tell students that Fernando got the Ferrari 250 GTO for only $39.90. Tell students that there is an interesting story behind the acquisition. Ask them to think about how this happened and write an explanation.
- Invite students to read out their explanations to the rest of the class.
- Play the clip until the end. Students will realize that the car is a toy model.
The Ferrari 250 GTO is often considered to be one of the top sports cars of all time. It was built for racing in the early 1960s and at that time, would have cost $18,000 – well over $100,000 by today’s standards if inflation is taken into account. Potential buyers had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari himself. Only 39 models were made.
Instead of writing an anecdote for step 7, ask students to write a dialogue between Fernando and a neighbour or friend in which he explains how he got the Ferrari for $39.90.