Tarot cards have been around for centuries and have and still are used as a way to help people understand their problems and to think about their future. Most people think they are a harmless form of entertainment, but others do take them very seriously. There are also some people who due to their religious beliefs object to them, so never try to force someone to have a reading if they object.
Today's task is to learn a little about Tarot cards and how to read them. This is also a very good listening task to develop your ability to listen for specific information.
Get a pencil and some paper ready so that you can make notes. Then go to: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/1892-basic-tarot-card-reading here you will find a series of videos teaching you how to use Tarot cards.
This is the first of the videos telling you about the cards
Watch each video and make notes about the meaning of each card. At the end of the first video go to: http://www.paranormality.com/tarot_meanings.shtml where you can click on the cards that have been mentioned and check your notes. You'll need to work through all of the videos before you are able to do a complete reading.
It is better to watch one video each day than to try to watch them all at once. If you would like to get some idea of the kind of language used when giving a reading you could get your own reading from: http://www.facade.com/tarot/
I hope you enjoy this activity. You may not become a great Tarot card reader, but by doing the activity you will improve your listening and reading and learn a little more about a cultural phenomenon that has been around for over a thousand years.
Come back tomorrow for more EFL ESL activities or try another video based activity.
Related links for teachers:
- Online Video: Authentic Genres
- Using 'How to' videos
- Exploiting a Video Viral
- Online Video: What does it have to offer teachers and learners?
- Free Educational TV Channels