Susan Boyle Sings on Britain’s Got Talent

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Britain’s got Talent! As for the opening act of the season, we were told as children: Don’t judge a book by its cover. The old “freakshow” is alive and well, and it’s still got morals for the masses.

The embedded video doesn’t run, so see it here.

What I’m doing with this
A group of adult students (conversation class) will watch this and take parts of articles (Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Perez Hilton‘s blog) to extract words describing Susan Boyle’s abilities and attributes and put them into categories of their own making (looks, ability, intelligence, status … or nice/nasty… or ….). The group I’m thinking of doing it with is small, so it’ll be a card writing and sorting whole class activity. A “freakshow” story like this? We’ll be talking about what we classify as normal, subpar and extraordinary.


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