Teaching Trump: Two Listenings

The election is finally over. Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. He’s a person who many of my ESL students were very interested in talking about and learning about, so I’ve given a few assignments about him.

In this post, you’ll find two videos I’ve used in my classes and the worksheet and quiz that goes with them.

This first video is from the Nerdwriter YouTube channel, which I highly recommend simply because he makes great content.

Click for worksheet: How Donald Trump Answers Question Worksheet

The video is great because it looks at aspects of language that I was already teaching my students: syllables, sentence structure, etc. Some of the language is a little bit difficult, but I included definitions of a few of the most difficult vocabulary words at the top of the worksheet.

The next video is from the second Presidential debate – the video above is from the Huffington Post, but you can use the any video as long as you cue it up to Ken Bone’s energy question. Our class was doing a unit on energy and fossil fuels, so this fit in nicely.

Click for quiz: Second Presidential Debate Energy Plans Quiz

This quiz was a little difficult for my students. You could modify it to include multiple choice questions, which might make it easier. Overall I think it was a good quiz because the candidates used a lot of vocabulary that is common to discussions about energy.

After they finished the quiz, we spent the next class reviewing it. I paused and replayed the video at important parts to help them recognize the main points. There are a few tricky parts – the part about steel and China is unrelated to the topic of energy, for example – so it’s a good opportunity to teach students about sidetracks or misleading statements.

I also gave them the transcript of that section of the debate so that they could follow along:

Click for transcript: Second Debate Transcript

I hope you can these materials are helpful. Donald Trump is a very controversial figure, so these videos and materials might not be suitable for every class. But if your students are up for it and interested, then those two videos can be very educational.

Thanks for reading.

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