Cartoon Videos in Business and Financial English

With all the hullabaloo going on in Europe, Greece first and now Italy plus wherever's next by the time this post is actually published... because according to my students it was always going to be a W recession and now that the Euro is sinking fast, Friedmann-type prophecies threaten, whispers of deflation scatter, so  thought I'd better get on with posting up this interesting video I've done with my own ESP:Financial adult learners.

My own lesson plan with a Pre-intermediate group was based on taking the vocabulary presented in Ian MacKenzie's book, Financial English, and turning it into something a wee bit more exciting & communicative, ensuring that the vocabulary included some stickiness and of course, making it somewhat easier-to-swallow.

a) we watched the video
b) did the exercise 6.10
c) watched the video again and discussed it for merit and content
d) got them to explain inflation and deflation
e) reviewed the questions on 6.10
d) talked through European periods of inflation and deflation
e) they created their own Powerpoint slides of the vocabulary in 6.10 (in exercise and text)

Would you have done this lesson any differently?

What other ways could this video (or the ones below) be used?


More Cartoon Videos for Business English (a playlist)

Useful links related to this posting: 
Business English Cartoons (Youtube link to the ones shown above)
The Dilbert channel on Youtube
Business English Pod
More video websites for Business English 
More Financial English tips

7 Responses to “Cartoon Videos in Business and Financial English”

  • Unknown says:
    May 27, 2010

    So, was this a bottom up or top down lesson?

    May 27, 2010

    A sideways improvement :-)... this lesson's actually from an old ESP group where book was required (F.E. is actually too hard for pre-int but what client demanded) so I had to do quite a lot of stuff that it'd make it "sticky" and/or "interesting."

    btw, still have 3 courses where "have" to use a textbook so they'll be a few more sideways-styled lessons coming along!


    May 27, 2010

    and... oops, just realized I used the wrong photo... the one above belongs to the "powerpointing vocab" post (still in draft).

  • Unknown says:
    May 27, 2010

    I like the expression sideways-styled! Could be a name of a new course actually... after all we've had Headway and Inside Out, Sideways has potential!

    May 27, 2010

    Could even be an e-coursebook :-)

  • Reeka says:
    May 31, 2010

    I checked your blog and really liked it. Congratulations for the prize:)
    Great ideas, the business videos are fun.
    I’m just about to start an English teaching blog, if you have some time you could take a look at it and tell me you opinion.
    Thank you: Reka

  • Dean Bush says:
    June 14, 2012

    What an entertaining way to present what is otherwise a boring topic! I love it! I wish this had been around when I was studying for my degree in business!


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