SVC (look) - Presentation
SVC (look) – He looks happy. He sounds scared. He looks like a mouse.
In my text book we have a section for teaching “looks adjective”. I found that Pokemon’s Pikachu has a plethora of emotions and can convey them quite well. It was natural to use him to help convey the “looks ____” concept.
In the first few slides, I use some standard emotions such as happy, sad, angry, and sleepy as that seems to be the standard that all students know. These are conveyed with Pikachu from the older anime series.
Slides 6 onward feature Pikachu from the American movie, “Detective Pikachu”. These incorporate some more advanced words including, surprised and scared (which I am always surprised that my students never seem to remember.) And, some non-emotion words such as fast and strong. I included these as I wanted to put emphasis that after the words “He looks ___” it could be filled with any Adjective (恵与し).
After the “fake” Pikachu cat thing. I show two clips from the movie “Detective Pikachu” where I indicate that you can also use the word “sounds” when referring to a noise related topic. Pikachu in this case does speak English in the first movie clip, but it’s not important what he is saying, the point being to illicit some sort of response from the students using the term, “He sounds adjective.” On slide 11 I put “He sounds surprised.” but any answer is ok.
The last four slides are not specifically talked about in my textbook but I found it worthwhile to include as the students naturally want to go to that particular grammar. These slides showcase Pikachu mimicking other Pokemon. Thus, we use the grammar, looks like”. You would use looks like, when referring to a person, place, or thing… A noun. “He looks like noun”.
The names of the Pokemon on the left of the GIF appear underneath their respective monster. If you are familiar with Pokemon at all, you will notice that these names are the romanji version of the Japanese names for the Pokemon. Many of the Pokemon have different names in “English”. Ultimately, I want the students to say, “He looks like Achamo.” instead of the students trying to learn the English-ized names and use the grammar as well. Teaching kids that Pokemon have different names is another lesson all together.
At the end of the presentation I have a slide incorporating about 25 different Pokemon and their names for display of the next game.
It’s possible that Pokemon is not as popular as it once was, but I refuse to think that.