Chocolate ears

I found this video on a post from Youngzine about chocolate and Valentine’s Day. Youngzine is a good source of reading and watching/listening material — mostly about news & current events — ¬†for EFL students of any age, though the specified target audience is native English speaking children.

The video has a couple of funny subtitle mistakes. Listen and see if you can correct them.

at about 1:46:

at about 2:30:



B for balloon

This is a sweet short story about two best friends who’ve been working together for more than 20 years. It’s a good reminder about how important it is to find a job you really enjoy doing.

Understanding the English accents will be good — if a little challenging — listening practice.

Tea rules from another generation

This instructional video about how to store and make tea is from 1941. I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be funny, but 76 years later, it’s hard not to laugh. And so many questions and things to notice! (See some of my questions below the video. Can you make your own?)

  • Did people really keep huge boxfuls of tea at home?
  • The expert talks about soft water. I wonder if water has changed since 1941, and if water in London is harder or softer than water in Tokyo. And I wonder what the quality of tap water was in London in 1941. What would they think of today’s Brita filters and the like?
  • Wasn’t it painful to hold that beaker as he poured in boiling water?
  • Can you spot the mistakes in the subtitles (for example, “tea leaves” sometimes becomes “keely” and “really” becomes “merely” and “tea instructor” becomes “team structure”)

You could try a more modern demonstration for your portfolio task. Make an explainer video about how to make a good cup of tea

(from Open Culture, where you can find the rules written out for you)


According to this short article from PRI, 99% of the refugees seeking asylum in Japan are rejected. Here’s the story of one who wasn’t. (You can listen to the audio, though it’s not the same as the written text. I suggest reading first and then listening, after you have a good idea about the story).

It’s a good story to learn about the people behind the statistics.

“Meet one of the handful of Syrians granted asylum in Japan”