Bother! The Shark Tank video in my last posting isn’t accessible outside the US. Thanks for alerting me, Evan and very sorry for any frustration I caused folks.
When I first came to the US, I was amused to find people who would pop up on the TV screen after I’d watched a PBS programme and explain what I’d just watched to me. It was surprisingly low context and didactic behaviour that prompted me to ask ‘Do they think I’m an idiot?’. But it also had a sort of charm to it. And the truth is, while it was irritating and condecending to have folks pointing out the bleedingly obvious, sometimes they pointed out things I hadn’t noticed or didn’t know – and was glad to know.
The two pictures below should lead to two example videos that come from a US TV programme called ‘What would you do?’ (if you have time to click on them and wait for an annoying 15 second ad to run – sorry about that) They don’t explore culture so much as race, and gender and there’s an obvious link to the second conditional. I found the content very interesting and perhaps your students will too. I’d expect they’d need to be upper intermediate or advanced to follow the dialogue well. (I’ve run some checks this time and the videos seem to be accessible in Europe at least, so fingers crossed.)
There’s a question I find myself wondering when I watch them: do you think TV programme makers in other countries might have made them differently and how? (Oh and if you do show them to your students, please tell me what they make of them – thank you)