An ESL teacher in Shinjuku yesterday taught an English class for two junior high school girls using the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis music video ‘Thrift Shop’ and accompanying materials.
“The video was very hard…, but I learnt about… America, onesies, having two girlfriends, and poppin’ tags,” said one 13-year-old student.
Long-time ESL teacher, Kevin Hamel, crafted his own ‘Thrift Shop’ worksheets, which included true or false questions, fill-in-the-gaps, and opinion questions about the music video.
“I’ve posted the worksheet online to help other teachers create a bit of zing in the classroom,” said Hamel.
Hamel also spent time researching for the lesson to get the best out of his students.
“I had to check if ‘hella-tight’ was a verb or an adjective,” said Hamel.
After watching the music video three times the students began to understand that one man’s trash is another man’s come-up.