Lesson 24: Yesterday Was Amazing | ESL Video

Lesson 24: Yesterday Was Amazing

Quiz by: rmd    

Description: Anna discovers a festival - the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. What does she learn there about Basque culture?
Low Intermediate
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1. What happened yesterday?
2. How did Anna get to the festival?
3. What was the name of the Festival?
4. Anna ___________ at the festival.
5. What did they cook?
6. Did Anna ___________ volleyball at the festival?
7. What sport _________ __________ __________?
8. She ___________ pilota.
9. Who did Anna write a letter to?
10. What were they making at the festival?
Yesterday was the most amazing day. I want to tell my friend back home
about it. So, I am writing her a letter!

Dear Penelope, Life in Washington, D.C. is interesting. I see something new every day -- like yesterday. Yesterday started like a usual work day... I said, "Yesterday started like a usual work day."

I was at work. And I wanted a break. So, I walked and walked... and walked. Then, I saw something! It was a festival -- a big festival!

It is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Yes. It was the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Every year the festival shows different cultures. This year one of the cultures was the Basque culture. There was dancing and food and games!

I am dancing a traditional Basque dance.
At the festival, I danced a traditional Basque dance!

They are cooking traditional Basque food.
They cooked a lot of traditional Basque food.

They are playing a game. It’s a kind of handball. What do they call it? They
call it pilota!
They played a game with their hands and a small ball. It’s a kind of handball.
But this game is called pilota.

This is beautiful! This is traditional Basque art.
They are making a traditional Basque ship. This festival is a lot of fun!
The whole day was a lot of fun!

Who said that?... I want to write my friends and tell them about my day!

So, I wanted to tell you about my day! Please, my friend, come visit
Washington, D.C. soon. There is a lot to do! Until next time, Anna.
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Exploring the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: A Cultural Experience

Dive into the vibrant world of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival through Anna's eyes as she discovers the beauty of Basque culture. This ESL video provides a unique opportunity for learners to explore different traditions and customs.

Join Anna on her journey through the festival and learn about traditional Basque dances, food, and games. Enhance your vocabulary and cultural knowledge while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

This video is ideal for low intermediate ESL learners interested in cultural diversity and expanding their vocabulary. It can be used in the classroom to spark discussions about different cultures and traditions.



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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Basque culture

cultural diversity



Discussion Questions

1.) What did you do yesterday?