Because I had recently posted a TED.com video, I remembered this other video which is also a hit in conversation classes.
I use the first five minutes from the documentary Supersize Me, directed by Morgan Spurlock, which criticizes the way Americans (and people from the whole world, as a matter of fact) are eating too much fast food and consequently becoming obese and incredibly unhealthy because of this abuse.
On the first five minutes of the movie, Morgan gives an overview on how big the this issue is in the US and introduces his challenge to eat nothing but McDonald’s food for a whole month to see how it would affect his health (crazy guy, if you ask me)
This video is great for conversation classes, because EVERYBODY has an opinion about healthy eating and bad eating habits. On top of that, there is a lot of interesting vocabulary to work on.
Also, because on this first bit Morgan talks about the figures concerning fast food consumption, obesity and its related health problems; the video is a great source of how to introduce figures and information when making a presentation. – Of course, he does so in an informal way in his documentary, but the expressions he uses are very interesting.
I have prepared a handout for my students with the transcription of the first five minutes and a fill-in-the-blanks activity. I´ll be happy to share if you´re interested 🙂 Just send me your email address and I’ll send it to you.