The Internet TESL Journal

The World Ends in Two Years

Gerard Counihan
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It is unofficial, but a strong rumour nevertheless: the world will end in two years' time due to the arrival of a huge comet and its subsequent impact with Earth. You have two years to live, to get the most out of life. How would you react? What would you do? What things?

Activity A

Give pupils a sheet of paper and get them to write down a few ideas. Give them 5 minutes or so.

Activity B

Collect papers, mix them up and then read out some of the replies, mentioning nobody by name in order to avoid potential embarrassment. See how many have said the same things.

Activity C

Go through the interesting ones and ask everybody to comment on them, or simply to justify the choices made. My class of seven gave the following answers:
    • Travel
    • Get to know a different lifestyle
    • Do adventure sports + Travel
    • Try to find another place to live
    • Stop studying or working
    • Travel a lot
    • Try to spend all the time with family and friends
    • Rob a bank
    • I need two months to think up a plan
    • Total anarchy
    • Spend all my money
    • Do the Paris-Daker rally
    • Read Don Quijote
    • Build an underground house
    • Travel
    • Go to lots of parties
    • Spend all my money, and my friends'
    • I would tell my boss the things I could not tell him before
As you can see, some were more imaginative than others.

Activity D

You are the last person left on the planet, what would you do?

Activity E

Now, what is your reaction to or comment on the following "ends":

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1999