online bullying & harassment: public humiliation | ESL & ELT activities | speaking, vocabulary, listening & writing

In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.

ESL & ELT activities

1- speaking | topic for discussion | social media & cyberbullying

2- vocabulary | use a monolingual dictionary if necessary | prepare definitions in English, using your own words of the following terms:

bullying | online harassment | social media | beret | boss | fall in love with | mistake | flattered | regret | media maelstrom | overnight | the story broke | excruciating | unbearable | gutted pain | catty | mortified | ashamed | uncouth | prattle on | cyberhacking | public humiliation | commodity | profit | upstander | empathy

3- listening skills | watch the video and take notes

4- research | get information about the Monica Lewinsky gate   (president Clinton)

5- writing skills | use the info you got in exercise 4 to write an article on “online harassment and humiliation” | write an article about what you have researched and learnt from the video

6- writing skills | video review & summary | write about the video, speaker, topic, genre, duration, and summarize its contents | give your final conclusion and opinion

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