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Yaklaşımlar

  1. Listing
  2. Matching
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Creative Tasks/Projects
  5. Sharing Personal Experiences

Classroom Procedure

  • Pre-Task
    • You make an introduction to the topic.
    • In addition, we are kind of expected to activate the students’ background knowledge.
    • If necessary, we can also do some small mini-tasks which will prepare the students to the main task.
  • Task-Cycle
    • Task
      • Your main task should have an observable outcome for the stage of Planning and Reporting.
    • Planning
      • Planning of reporting.
    • Reporting
      • Reporting the outcome of the task
  • Language Focus
    • Analysis and Practice Activities
      • We are expected to focus more on form.
      • Most of the time activities are more controlled and more form focused.
      • Because our purpose is a communicative function what we need to keep in mind is, if there is no one to one correspondence, we can think of activities to establish it.

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Task
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Level: B1
Age: 15-16
Class Population: 20

Goal: Presenting and exchanging information.
Input: Combination different Vlogger’s videos about unique cafes around the globe as well as their such cafes advertisement brochures.
Activity: Listing (Brainstorming), Ordering-Sorting (Ranking), Sharing Personal Experiences (Anecdotes), Creative Tasks (Media Projects)
Setting: Groups of Four
Learners Roles: Contextualised businesspeople, advertising and designing.
Teacher Roles: Instructing before hand and observing in the process.

Pre-Task

  • Teacher greets students and asks how are they feeling that day.
  • After greeting, he proceeds to ask if the students go cafes in their times and if they go what kind of cafes they go.
  • Students talk about their personal experiences and later on teacher says that there many different kind of cafes around the world and proceeds to show a video that contains different cafes around the globe with different themes such as maid-cafes in Japan, Game Cafes in Turkey and Pet Cafes na.
  • After showing the video teacher mirrors some brochures to the screen as well as handing down them to the students so that they can analyse them.

Task-Cycle

  • Firstly, teacher divides the students into groups four and then tells them that suppose you are going to open a cafe with a unique concept and advertise it through simple brochures which include your place’s title, its concept, what it is famous for and your top 5 selected food & drinks.
  • Students then proceed to brainstorm individually about different concepts and then present them to their colleagues and later on in a democratic manner they discuss and rank their ideas and decide upon one theme.
  • After deciding upon their theme they will then start decide upon the title of cafe and the cuisine to be in it and then they will start designing their brochures by inspecting the previously given ones.

Reporting

  • After successfully completing the task-cycle they will advertise their Cafes through the brochures they have designed.

Language Focus

  • They will analyse the given brochures before and focus on the language specifically used there and then they will be presented with practice activities that aim on use modal verbs, time expressions, vocabulary of foods and beverages.

Teacher Notes: Goal should include communicative function. If the goal does not fit the task, it’s meaningless. Instructions should be more structured and clear. Timing should be revised as this task requires minimum two lessons. Level of the students are probably elementary because its output demands are low. Decide on the goal first.

Hello Everyone!

For a long time I wanted to talk about this specific song of Pink Guy due to its contradictory theme, depth of its lyrics and its success on conveying what it wants to convey.

First of all I want you to listen to the song with an open-mind because Pink Guy can be very morbid and offensive at times, but he does this in a purpose and I want you to understand this and continue regarding his style.

Okay, now let’s start talking about the lyrics and what I understand from them.

My Thoughts – Lyrics

[Verse 1]

I wake up in the mornings
Sinking halfway to the bottom
There's a loud distorted screaming in my soul
Everything is dark and empty
And I don't know how to fix it
So I curl up in a ball
And cry in the comfort of my home

Here Pink Guy conveys that he is in a heavy depression and every morning is an agony for him but instead of taking an action, he prefers to stay in his safe-zone as he is used to that safe-zone, he feels comfortable there although that zone is one of the factors which keeps him in that deep depression.

[Pre-Chorus]

I don't know why
I feel like shit
I say I'm fine but I'm not fine

Pink Guy ignores the reality and his emotions and expresses himself as the opposite to the others.

[Chorus]

I'm dying inside
And all I see are demons
I try to hide
All my deepest feelings
I'm dying inside
And all I see are demons
I try to hide
All my deepest feelings

Pink Guy is losing his will to live, his vision is blurred with sorrow of his depression, yet he will not share what he perceives as reality with others, locking himself in a box filled with negativity.

[Verse 2]

I think there's something wrong with me
'Cause all I see is death
Every time I go outside
I look like I've been doing meth
And I sleep for nineteen hours
On a Thursday afternoon
And every now and then I cough up blood
And I don't know what to do

While ignoring the reality, Pink Guys knows something is wrong with himself. He is in a deep depression that he can’t ever see the positive things in life at this point. He doesn’t care about his self-care, he doesn’t clean himself, he doesn’t sleep regularly, his medical condition is worsening but he insists on staying ignorant to himself.

[Pre-Chorus 2]

I don't know why
I feel like shit
I will not see a therapist

Pink Guy persists on staying ignorant to himself and denies a wind of change by locking himself away from others and their help.

[Spoken Bridge]

Ladies and gentlemen, if you wanna fucking kill yourself put your 
fucking hands up (yeah!), raise your blades in the air everybody
(yeah!)
[Coughing]
Ay, oh, ay, oh, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, help, help, help, help, help, help,
HELP!

Pink Guy couldn’t endure anymore and wants to kill himself, he is worse now but within his last breaths he cries out for help.

[Chorus]

I'm dying inside
And all I see are demons
I try to hide
All my deepest feelings
I'm dying inside
And all I see are demons
I try to hide
All my deepest feelings

Nothing has changed for Pink Guy after all, he has chosen to stay in this vicious cycle between life and death, having no power or even will to change the situation.

What I Understand from This Song

Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in a state that is similar to Pink Guy’s state. Sometimes we feel sad, demoralized, exhausted, desperate and we feel like we can’t get out of that state.

When we are in that vicious state, instead of trying to change things, we prefer performing our habits as they distract us from the harsh reality, so that we won’t feel pain for a brief period of time. This situation reminds me Waiting for Godot, because it is exactly the same story.

We do what we are used to, we stay in our safe-zones, we stay in our homes, we don’t clean ourselves, we act like we don’t care while feeling the agony deep inside, yet we do not take an action for a wind of change.

When I listened to Help, I found myself in the song and in my memories and remembered once again that hard times won’t pass until I take an action for a wind of change.

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