Posted 19/4/16
Here is a simple activity from my new book Videotelling (to be launched in June). Ask students to find a funny animal video on YouTube. They should then describe it without saying what the animal is. They can give it a human name if they like (I have referred to my mystery animal as Doris).
  • Language level: A2 +
  • Learner type: Teens; Adults
  • Time: 25 minutes + homework
  • Activity: Videotelling; Creating a ‘talking head’ video
  • Topic: Animals on YouTube
  • Language: Present narrative tenses
  • Materials: Video + text
Doris and the raspberries pdf [downloaded 3594 times]

Lesson plan outline

Note that a more detailed description of the lesson plan is offered in the PDF file which you can download above.

  1. Show students the video in which I describe a mystery animal. Ask them to listen carefully and guess what the mystery animal is. Play the video two or three times if necessary.
  2. Give out copies of the video transcript (this is included in the PDF file above).
  3. I want to tell you about a video on YouTube
    And it involves a mystery animal and we’re going to call her Doris
    And in this video Doris is enjoying some raspberries
    And they look great
    They look delicious – really juicy
    And Doris is really enjoying these raspberries
    And the funny thing about this video is that as she eats the raspberries her lips get bright red
    And it looks like she’s wearing lipstick
    Bright red lipstick
    All around her mouth
    And she’s got no idea
    She’s just an animal so it probably makes no difference to her anyway
    But her lips are getting bright red
    She looks like an aristocratic woman
    With bright red lips
    It makes me laugh
    Anyway that’s Doris and the raspberries
    And you’ve got to try and guess what kind of animal Doris is

  4. Invite students to listen to the video a second time and read the text as they do so. Ask them again to guess what the mystery animal is.
  5. Show students the following video. They will see that Doris is a rabbit.

  6. Give students the following homework task: Choose a funny video on YouTube which involves an animal. Describe it but don’t say what the animal is. You can give the animal a human name if you like. This can be a written composition. Or you can make a video like the one that you saw.
  7. Draw attention to language items in my transcript that will be useful for this task (see PDF lesson plan for ideas).

Please note that if you want young students to create videos:

  • You must get parental permission.
  • It will work better if they film themselves at home outside the classroom.
  • If they are going to share their videos online (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) you must also get parental permission. Students should also select the privacy options that the video-sharing sites offer.
I would love to see your students’ videos. If you would like some information about video cameras in the hands of learners, please get in touch. (Click on the ‘contact’ button below.) I’ll be happy to send you an information pack which contains advice on practical, technical, pedagogical and privacy issues. Good luck! Jamie :)

Videotelling rabbit

Posted 19/4/16

12 Responses to Doris and the raspberries

  1. natalia izmaylova says:

    Thank you for great video I have enjoyed watching it.I would like to use it

  2. Coco says:

    Ya valió la pena el congreso!
    En realidad vine a Madrid porque vi que eras ponente. recordando Mr.W de hace años en Barcelona.

    • Jamie Keddie says:

      Gracias Coco!
      Que honor
      Bueno, ya has asistido 100% de las charlas que he hecho en español!
      Me alegré de verte em Madrid.
      Un abrazo

  3. Marina christodoulou says:

    As always great work! I just love it, thanks.

  4. Jamie Keddie says:

    My version in Spanish (especially for the ELE teachers)

  5. LIZ says:

    Thanks Jamie!!

    Lovely video!! I will use it for sure!!
    Thanks a lot for sharing :)


  6. Jamie Keddie says:

    No problem Liz. Thank *you* :)

  7. Tijana says:

    Great lesson plan, Jamie!

    I used it twice in my teenage classes, the second time with my PET students with a slight modification – I read them your video transcript without mentioning raspberries and then made them think about how Doris got red lips (not discuss, just think). We were practicing using narrative tenses so their next task was to make a story out of their guesses.

    It turned out really good, students had fun in making up all kinds of reasons and then they voted for the most creative idea.

    It’s always a pleasure following your posts!

    Best regards from Bor, Serbia :)


  8. Paula says:

    Jamie amo escucharte en español, suena muy dulce y lo manejas muy bien!admiro las ganas y la energia que pones en cada trabajo!!!

    • Jamie Keddie says:

      Gracias Paula
      Me alegro de recibir tu mensage. Espero volver a Madrid muy pronto
      Jamie :)