There are probably myriad ways to encorporate the recent American election into your lessons, but here is a good resource from the BBC website.

The complete transcript (2000 words) from Obama’s victory speech is available here. Even for lower levels, students seem to be quite interested in seeing the authentic English of a political speech. You could use a chunk and dictate it? use it as a listening with you as the reader?

Linked to the BBC page is a fascinating little graph they’ve been producing through the election. It takes the main words (nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs) and presents them by size according to how frequently they are said. If you find a McCain speech you’ll find some startling differences compared to Obama! Here is the Obama one from his victory speech… Lots and lots of potential for higher level discussions, vocab activities based on these charts.



3 Responses to Bam-bam-bam-Obama!

  1. dyego says:

    excellent idea, Dave.

  2. guarany says:

    I’m always in favour of incorporating Authentic Material into ELT.

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