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Podcast #11 – Advertising / Money Discussion Activities, Consumerism and Education in China

June 7th, 2007 by Dave · No Comments


I begin by briefly discussing Kira’s Earth Day activity, which I finally put online. (sorry!)

I next discuss a couple of discussion activities that I used this past week dealing with advertising and money. These include two sets of discussion questions (see below) and having students create their own ads. These topics were popular with my students (university-level in China) and I think would work in a variety of ESL/EFL settings.

I then move out of the classroom to talk about some of my concerns over the growing consumer culture here in China. I refer to a variety of sources, including this report by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board that claims that “only 7% of garbage [in China] is properly discarded”. I also mention The Educated Giant, a recent article on Chinese education by Nicholas Kristof.

Finally, I talk about my plans to bring discussion of news articles (and possibly a message board) into my teaching next semester. I briefly mention the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the communist party.

Advertising Discussion Questions

  1. Describe your favorite ad.
  2. What ads don’t you like? Why don’t you like them?
  3. Is it OK to advertise products to children? Why or why not?
  4. Do you believe advertisements? Why or why not? Give specific examples.

Money Discussion Questions

  1. How much money (per month) is enough?
  2. What do you spend most of your money on? What do your parents spend most of their money on?
  3. Do you think most Chinese people worry about money? If so, what do they need more money for?
  4. Do you think most American people worry about money? If so, what do they need more money for?
  5. What would you do with your time if you had enough money not to work (but weren’t rich)?

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or want to share some ideas of your own.

Tags: China · ESL activity · global issues activities · lesson plans · listening · podcasts · speaking · the environment

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