Tuesday, 28 June 2011

If I were a rich (wo)man....

... well for starters, I wouldn't be doing two teaching jobs! As much as I love both my jobs it's pretty exhausting at times.

Anyway, I was inspired to write this for two reasons. Firstly I am very jealous that my sister saw Topol walking down Mapu in Tel Aviv yesterday. He is not only the archetypal Tevye but he makes the hairs on my arm stand on end whenever I hear him sing. So, naturally, when I decided that for tomorrow's EAL lesson I was going to review the conditional tenses, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share this man's wonderful singing with my students. That's right, I figured out a way to play 'If I were a rich man' in my English lessons - focusing on the Second Conditional tense of course!

I'm not sure what they'll make of it, I doubt many of them have seen the film (especially the Libyan and Syrian students) but I think it would be a perfect chance for me to share some of my musical-cultural influences with them. We've been discussing music a lot lately and I'm also looking forward to Joliyan bringing his oud into class and hearing him play. What a rich cultural group we are!

Anyhow, for your delight and delectation.... here's the man himself....

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