Infinitive (It is – for – to) – Presentation
Infinitive “It is (adj) for (person) to (verb) – It is easy for me to make presentations. It is hard for me to study math. It is fun for me to study Japanese.
It is easy for me to make presentations. That is why I make so many.
In this presentation an adjective will be shown first followed by a person. After that, the grammar point sentence will appear. This will usually be coupled by a short movie. This pattern will continue until you get to the word “hard”. Afterwards, there will be a review section where you can ask the students to help fill in the blanks and encourage them to repeat the grammar point pattern. The final slide is a new slide that helps segue into the next activity and showcases the theme I use in the other exercises. It features a simple “me” picture which you should replace with a picture of your own. In my version at home, I use a picture of my face but I have also used my other teachers faces as well.
In the slides of “Easy” and “Difficult”, the movies are soundless and fairly simple. The next 4 slides will have sound, so consider this your warning.
“Boring” and “Interesting” has the 2019 prime ministers of the U.K. and Japan talking. It is not important what they say as we are only trying to illustrate a point. Don’t worry if the students understand.
For the last two slides we have “fun” and “hard” featuring some very funny videos with Tetsuro Degawa from ItteQ! and his attempts to speak English. It will get a laugh and wake up your students.
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If you are unsure of some of these people in this presentation, let me do some explanation.
1st slide: Shohei Ohtani is a popular baseball star from Hokkaido that currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels. In my neck of the woods, everyone knows him and is considered a superstar!
2nd slide: Tetsuro Degawa. He is amazing. He is unbelievable. In this presentation I feature him quite alot. In this slide, it’s a simple gif clip of him failing at baseball.
Slides 3-7 all have audio, check your speakers beforehand.
3rd slide: This is one features Boris Johnson. This is not a political statement by any means, but I wanted to showcase a English speaking politician and ended up with Boris. If anything, the clip I used is possibly the only low point of his speech. In the original speech, he was fairly animated and interesting to hear. I just wanted a clip that had a bit of a large vocabulary. Obviously, the English used in this clip is not important.
4th slide: Japan’s current prime minister Shinzo Abe. In this video clip, we hear a brief and unique moment where the esteemed prime minister actually speaks some English. It’s particularly interesting as Abe’s English is very controlled and purposeful. The entire clip is fairly somber, therefore it’s very short and a little cut-off. I found it difficult to find a clean clip of Abe speaking English, so I used what I used.
5th & 6th slides: Tetsuro Degawa returns and this is possibly my favorite section as it’s a great crowd pleaser. It’s funny and really get the kids into a better mood. Tetsuro does his best to speak English with English speaking natives and helps illustrate the point of it being fun and challenging to speak English.
2 thoughts on “Infinitive (It is – for – to) – Presentation”
I really like your idea however some of these don’t make sense naturally or don’t reflect the meaning you’re trying to get across. You have a slide say “It is boring for Boris to speak English” when what you mean is “It is boring WHEN Boris speaks English.” These two sentences do not mean the same thing and cannot be used interchangeably. It is ~~~ for ~~~ to ~~~~~ insinuates that the person whom does the action feels a certain way about doing the action however, it sounds as if you, personally, think it’s boring if he speaks and that has actually nothing to do with how the subject feels about it. It honestly sounds very odd. The same goes for the sentence “It is interesting for Abe to speak English.” It’s fine if you mean that Abe thinks it’s interesting but the way you describe it sound like it’s interesting for you, personally, when Abe speaks English. Anyway, my mind just automatically wants to change these sentences from “for” to “when” because they don’t sound natural given the context.
Right! These are excellent points! I hope if you use this, you will change it to better reflect what you desire to teach! In my case, my textbook sorta relegated me to use the it is __ for __ to format and perhaps it does come off a little odd! Thank you so much for your input and when I teach the lesson again (who knows when these days…) I will take what you said into consideration! I hope all your classes do well in the future!