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Offline nlloyd3

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Funny VAGUE gameshow video
« on: March 29, 2012, 03:15:39 PM »
For advanced writing students.

When I was frustrated with the vague language my students were using in their papers, I found this Mad TV video on YouTube. It's a fun way to help them realize that their nouns should be specific, their pronouns should have referents, etc. I showed it twice and explained some stuff a few expressions because they talk pretty quickly.

I gave some examples of language from their papers and explained that there is nothing wrong with these expressions grammatically, they just don't give the reader a clear idea of what we are talking about.
 
 -the whole picture
 -the problems
 -the solutions above, some solutions
 -the issues
 -the authorities
 -different approaches

Mad tv- Vague (The video's owner prevents external embedding)
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Re: Funny VAGUE gameshow video
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 11:58:20 AM »
I think I could be the big winner for this sort of kind of show!
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Re: Funny VAGUE gameshow video
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 12:35:02 PM »
I am using this for my class! Super funny. Students love videos. It's a good way to break up the monotony of the same lesson structure every day.