English for Sociocultural Animation

9. New sports popping up: active life & passive sentences

From chessboxing to paintball it seems there’s no shortage of ideas within the leisure industry.Extreme sports open up new horizons and challenges to young people who take up dangerous activities such as  parkour , parkour ride or   deep-water soloing .  Have you ever practiced any? Have you ever heard of them? The list can be surprisingly long. Can you suggest any  other unusual, extreme, crazy activity?  Are those activities meant to stay or are they just a fad? The Internet and you tube have contributed to spread the popularity of many of those relatively new sports.

Here follows a reading on Zorbing. Have you ever heard of it?



8 Leisure questionnaire

descarga (1)Download the questionnaire below from slide share. Take your time to reflect on the questions. Write down your answers and  bring it to your next lesson. You’ll be asked to  share  your notes with your classmates. In groups you will have to discuss answers and  draw conclusions. (more…)

7.Do leisure activities require lots of planning? What about investment in special gear?

In the last session you had to reflect on the concept of leisure and whether it  had something to do with being idle. If we consider the amount of preparation and planning as well as  the investment in special gear some free time activities require, we would have to admit that leisure activities require  a lot of effort indeed.Captura de pantalla 2014-11-22 a la(s) 8.01.27 PM

Get into groups and discuss the following questions. Report your findings to the class.

  • Do certain hobbies require expensive gear? Which ones would you mention among the most expensive and the cheapest ones?
  • Do you have to plan ahead your leisure activities? Provide examples
  • Has the lack of  special equipment or its cost stopped you from taking up a new  hobby? Explain
  • Do certain leisure activities require lots of preparation? Which ones ?
  • Have you ever used the Internet to buy leisure gear? When? Why?
  • Has the Internet helped you in your hobbies? How? 


6. Group dynamics: Ice-breakers, Trust exercises, team-building activities and more


5. Working with young people: activities for human rights education

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4. Let’s play with the elements: air, fire, water, earth

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3. Identity: Who am I ? Stereotype? stereotyped?

Captura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 8.15.35 PM It is very difficult to find straightforward answers, isn’t it?

What are the elements that make you the way you are?

Genes? Education? Family? Environment? background?

In terms of personality, can a single adjective describe what we are like? (more…)