My next stop in the exercise book was Optimist v Pessimist. I wasn’t too keen on the way the book presented it, so I wanted to find my own way.
I found that showing the students a clip on Monty Python’s “Always look on the bright side of life”, was an interesting way of broaching the subject. We discussed how each person should be feeling, and how they felt really.
I gave the students a script of what they were singing, otherwise, I think we would have struggled!
They seemed to enjoy it, and it got the point across!
The lesson was followed by being an optimist and a pessimist. They were given a series of scenarios (“I’m taking my driving test today”, “My team are playing football this weekend”, “We are getting married”, etc) and they had to respond as an optimist (“Good luck, I’m sure you’ll pass/ win/ be very happy/ etc”) and as a pessimist (“You’ll fail/ lose/ get divorced/ etc”).
I think the thing they liked the most was the practicality of the language they were using.