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Changing Paradigms

Posted on December 16, 2010 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around on a video adapted from a talk by Sir Ken Robinson called changing Education Paradigms given at the RSA in 2008; it’s an impassioned plea for a change in our education system and  Sir Ken calls for much greater importance to be given to the arts and creativity in education. The video itself is a fantastic example of how images can be used in education to make complex ideas much easier to understand.

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Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2.1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching video, ordering words sentences and speaking

Topic: Education

Language: Vocabulary related to education and word order.

Materials: Short animated video, comprehension questions and PowerPoint presentation

Downloable materials: changing paradigms lesson instructions     ken robinson inspiration     changing paradigms slides          changing paradigms sentences

 

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Step 1

Show the students this picture and quote of Sir Ken Robinson, ask them to discuss it.

 

 

Step 2

Tell the students that they are going to watch a video about Ken Robinson, an internationally recognised expert in education and creativity, in which he talks about the person who inspired him.

 

Step 3

Students watch the video and answer the questions in the document.

 

 

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Step 4

Go through the questions and get feedback. Ask what type of person they think Ken Robinson is.

 

Step 5

Tell the students that they are now going to watch part of a presentation by Ken Robinson in which he talks about the need for change in education systems.

Pair them to discuss the following questions:

  • What do they know about the subject?
  • What would they like to know about the subject?

Get feedback from the whole class. Write on the board some of the things they know about the subject and some of the things they would like to know.

Tell the learners that they are going to watch the video. As they watch they should notice if any of the things they know are mentioned and if any of the things they would like to know are mentioned. Show the video.

 

Get feeback from the whole class.

 

Step 6

Show the students the first slide in the PowerPoint presentation which is a wordle of the transcript of his talk. Ask the students if they can remember any of the things Ken Robinson said using the words they can see in the wordle to help them.

 

 

 

Step 7

Show the students the wordles on slides 2-12. On each slide they have sentence which relates to the presentation. They have to put the sentences into the correct order to form a grammatically correct sentence.

 

Step 8

Students watch the video and say whether the sentences are true or false.

 

Step 9

Check the students’ answers and show them the answers.

 

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Step 10

Put your students into small groups and ask them to discuss the following questions:

1. Do you agree with Ken Robinson?

2. What would you change in the educational system in your country?

 

Homework

Ask your students to write a composition titled:

What I would like to change in the educational system in my country.

I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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13 thoughts on “Changing Paradigms

  1. Hi Mark, thanks a lot. I agree with nearly everything Sir Ken says, and he seems a great person. However, I know a lot of teachers would say “yes, but ..” to a lot of the things he says. His heart is definitely in the right place, and his life is really inspiring.
    All the best,
    Kieran

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  4. this post of yours is quite old, but we were speaking about the same topic yesterday at a training course: probably in italy we are a little late as usual :).
    in any case i don’t agree with all the statements in the video, nevertheless i like the way this kind of topics force you to speak: in fact i’m sure that anyone has something to say about this topic and ideas that come out can be very different from each other and that’s what keeps the speaking going! it happens for your mother tongue and probably that’s why it works english as a foreign language too!

  5. Hi Kieran,

    I’m glad to see someone has made a lesson plan out of Ken Robinson. I showed part of the animated vid in an advanced class last year, but tbh they couldn’t handle the level, so it didn’t quite work on that particular day.

    For the record, my opinion of Sir Ken is that he is an unbelievably good public speaker – one of the very best. I would love to see his ideas around education implemented. however, I always leave his TED talks thinking, yes, brilliant, but how is that put into practice? Maybe he has outlined this in his books (which I haven’t read) or in writing somewhere. I remember that he spoke about a headmaster that had implemented his ideas and had great success – I would love to hear more about the hard frontline implementation stuff, now that we have all heard and loved the rhetoric.

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  9. Hi Kieran, Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons – I’ve used and enjoyed them many times (and have shown my appreciation through donation!)
    I would love to use this lesson as I think the Ken Robinson video is fantastic and a great talking point for students. I’ve just noticed that the first video (I presume an interview?) is down from YouTube. Could you please let me know the name of it so I can search elsewhere? Not sure if you want to revivify the link?
    Many thanks again for your great lessons!

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