The bare necessities

The students at the biotech company I teach at work veeeery hard, and I’m just translating a study on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in Munich that is super interesting, so you’d think that’s what we’ll be discussing next lesson, right? Wrong. There was a request, you see, to compare the German and the English text of the Walt Disney classic, The Jungle Book. Some of the questions will be: Why did the writers change the text? How different is it in meaning? Can you translate the German text back into English? Rhythmic choral reading and a short dictation will be a part of the lesson, too. Looking forward to it! (Handout with lyrics: the-bare-necessities)

Probier’s mal mit Gemütlichkeit

The bare necessities (Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman)

englischlernen mit liedern :-) learning english with songs

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Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

4 thoughts on “The bare necessities”

  1. Hi Anne,

    Love this! Isn’t it interesting how students swing a left on us teachers every now and then. There we are, off to class, feeling all swish- got something they’re interested in me’bag and then wham! “Can we do the bare necessities?!” LOL

    Oooooh, I reckon there’s no end to this lesson -you could also expand the conversation aspect, after the rhymthic choral reading etc, by sticking the words “bare necessities” up on the board and getting them to come up with a list of their essentials (or borrowing on the theme of your pretty blog – hey did you know we look like sisters-blogs ;-)), sorry distracted…

    you could get them to make a list of essentials they’d need to survive on a deserted island, spiralling off into discussions about how to manage if the financial crisis turns into a major depression etc, etc.

    p.s. downloaded the lyrics and off to go grab that video -it’ll be a super lesson to have when sun shining and need something funny.

  2. Hey Karenne,
    you’re right, it’s just the thing for a sunny afternoon :) Definitely good for an upbeat “island” talk.
    Your blog looks lovely BTW!

  3. Hi Anne,

    I am the editor of an ELT newsletter (

    I would love to post your content in my newsletter it has subscriber base of 850 teachers in more than 35 countries.

    Tarun (tarunjpatel AT

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