What would you do? (WWYD)

Posted: 2013 年 10 月 31 日 in Speaking

From Wikipedia:

Primetime: What Would You Do? is an American television news magazine and hidden camera show broadcast on ABC since 2008 as part of the Primetime series. The series is hosted by news correspondent John Quinones. In the series, actors act out scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras videotape the scene, and the focus is on whether or not bystanders intervene, and how. Variations are also usually included, such as changing the genders, the races or the clothing of the actors performing the scene, to see if bystanders react differently. Quiñones appears at the end to interview the bystanders about their reactions. As the experiment goes on, psychology professors, teachers, or club members watch and discuss the video with Quiñones, explaining and making inferences on the bystanders’ reactions.

WWYD is ideal as topics of conversation. Teachers may guide students to have a speaking activity based on the issue provided in each scenario.

  1. Ask students the target question and collect their potential responses.

  2. Play the video in Chinese or English caption.

  3. Play the video again without captions.

  4. Group students to discuss the video in depth.

  5. Group students to write and role-play their own script.
  6. Assign homework based on the characters at issue, such as the homeless/homosexual/transexual/racist/minority, etc.

  7. Provide more links of WWYD for after-school learning.

Lists of WWYD: http://bit.ly/HtrDwL


What would you do if a man is denied service simply because he is homeless?

What would you do if a stranger collapses on the street in front of you?

What would you do if you witness adopted kids harrassed and bullied for having gay/lesbian parents?

  1. patty0821 說道:

    Apart from language, students can also learn some moral lessons from this activity. It’s great to see people stand up and fight for the righteousness; however, we can also see the indifference and cruelty in humanity. To make it easier, teacher can ask students to vote for their possible reactions to a certain situation. Alternatively, WWYD can also be used in writing class. Students can describe what they saw in the video, write about their possible reactions to the situation, or comment on the reactions of the bystanders.



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