Apr 30, 2011

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Too x Either

This is one of the most touching movies about the Holocaust I've seen. The friendship between these two boys is moving. I used it to practice TOO and EITHER.





I. Watch the movie segment. Then write sentences about Shmuel using TOO or EITHER.





Ex:


1. Bruno is eight years old.

Shmuel is eight years old, too.

2. Bruno doesn't have any food.

Shmuel ........................................

3. Bruno isn't playing.

Shmuel .........................................

4. Bruno doesn't have friends.

Shmuel .........................................


5. Bruno is German.

Shmuel .........................................

6. Bruno doesn't know anyone called Shmuel

Shmuel .........................................

7. Bruno is friendly.

Shmuel..........................................


II. Work with a partner and find 4 things that you have in common. 2 things have to be affirmative (ex: I like potato chips. My pal likes potato chips, too) and the other two things have to be negative (ex: I can't speak Japanese. My pal can't speak Japanese, either).

1. _____________

2. _____________

3. _____________

4. ____________



Answer key:

2. doesn't have any food, either.

3. isn't playing, either.

4. doesn't have friends, either.

5. is German, too.

6. doesn't know anyone called Bruno, either.

7. is friendly, too.

Apr 23, 2011

The Lovely Bones: Simple Past x Past Continuous

You can't miss this film. A great story, great acting, and amazing ending. Although the movie is suitable for adults only, this scene can be used with students of all ages.



I. Work in groups. Read the activities below and guess which activities the character in the movie did NOT do while smoking cigarettes BEFORE VIEWING THE SEGMENT. You have to choose 4 activities. The winner is the group who guesses most activities.

1. ( ) Vacuum the house
2. ( ) Drink whiskey
3. ( ) Water the plants
4. ( ) Sweep the flo0r
5. ( ) Put a mask on someone's face
6. ( ) Break some eggs on someone's hair.
7. ( ) Do the laundry
8. ( ) Sleep
9. ( ) Kick the dog
10. ( ) Read a book
11. ( ) Dance
12. ( ) Talk on the phone
13. ( ) Kiss the children



II. Watch the segment now and check your guesses. Which group is the winner?


III. Now write affirmative and negative sentences about the activities in exercise I. What did she do while she was smoking?

Ex:

1. She vaccumed the house.
2 ................................................
3 ................................................

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Answer Key:

The incorrect items in exercise I are 9, 10, 12, 13


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Apr 16, 2011

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Restrictive Relative Clauses



This is one of my favorite animated movies ever. The original idea for the movie is fantastic and it carries a noble, enriching message. I used it to practice restrictive relative clauses.


I. Match the machines Flint Lockwood invented with what they can or can't do.


1. Spray-on shoes

2. Remote control television

3. Hair un-balder

4. Flying car

5. Monkey thought translator

6. Ratbirds

7. A machine



( ) It translate thoughts

( ) it turns water into food

( ) It can't fly

( ) they can fly

( ) it can walk

( ) they don't get off

( ) it grows too much hair


II. Now combine both parts, using restrictive relative clauses. Start the sentences with the given sentence:

He invented...

Ex: 1. He invented spray-on shoes that don't get off.

2 ....................................................

3 ....................................................

4 ....................................................

5 ....................................................

6 ....................................................

7 .....................................................



III. Work in small groups. Think about 3 perfect inventions. Then write a relative clause saying what it can do.

Ex: We are going to invent a machine that can do the homework for us.


Answer key:

5, 7, 4, 6, 2, 1, 3


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Apr 13, 2011

Good News! Direct Links to the Movie Segments

I'm glad to say that the NEW posts will come with direct links to the movie segments. Now you won't depend on other softwares to download the videos. This will be a test, though. I hope to have some feedback whether it works better this way or if it really does not matter to you. Uploading the videos is extremely time consuming to me, so I will keep on doing it only if the outcomes are worth it. Unfortunately, this will be done from the next post on - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Restrictive Relative Clauses. The posts before this date won't have the links. Sorry about that. This is a thank you gift for the half a million visitors of this blog!

Apr 9, 2011

Fame: Adverbs of Frequency

This new version of the classic Fame is not as charming as the original version, but it has great moments and I ended up enjoying it a lot. This scene has very few lines, so it is great for basic learners to practice the use of adverbs of frequency.
A. Watch the segment and check the activities you see in the segment:


1. ( ) Dance in the morning
2. ( ) Play a musical instrument
3. ( ) Take the subway to school (work)
4. ( ) Take a taxi to school (work)
5. ( ) Wear perfume (cologne) to go to school (work)
6. ( ) Read a book at school (work)
7. ( ) Go skating to school (work)
8. ( ) Wear makeup to go to school (work)


B. Now write sentences saying how often you perform the activities above. Use the adverbs below:

ALWAYS

USUALLY

OFTEN

SOMETIMES

SELDOM

RARELY

NEVER



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Ex:


1. I never dance in the morning.

2 ....................................................

3 ...................................................

4 ...................................................

5 ...................................................

6 ..................................................

7 .................................................


8 ................................................



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Answer key:

A. All are to be checked, except 6 and 7.

Apr 2, 2011

Mr Bean's Holiday: Wh - Questions with Simple Past

Mr. Bean is always funny and great for grammar practice because there are always a lot of actions to be described. I used this scene to have students practice asking questions in the simple past tense. By the way, the scene is memorable. I love it!










I. Before you watch the movie segment make a guess and choose the answer that will best complete the sentences.






1. He placed a handkerchief on the sidewalk / on a car / under a tree.



2. A DJ / Mr Bean / A boy played the song Boombastic.


3. Mr. Bean put a hat / a lady's cardigan/ a woman's dress on his head.

4. A passer-by / a police officer / a taxi driver/ started filming Mr. Bean with the boy.


5. Mr. Bean carried the boy and placed him on his shoulder / on the ground / in the street.


6. Mr. Bean dubbed "O Mio Bambino Caro" well/ desperately / tragically.


7. The scene took place during the night / in the afternoon / at 5:50 am.

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II. Now write wh-questions to the answers you chose in exercise I.


Ex:

1. (on the sidewalk) - Where did he place a handkerchief?

2. ___________________________

3. ___________________________

4. ___________________________

5. ___________________________

6. ___________________________

7. ___________________________


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Answer key:

I.

1. on the sidewalk

2. The DJ

3. a lady's cardigan

4. A passer-by

5. on the ground

6. all the alternatives are possible

7. in the afternoon


II.

2. Who played the song Boombastic?

3. What did he put on his head?

4. Who started filming Mr. Bean with the boy?

5. Where did he place the boy?

6. How did he dub "O Mio Bambino Caro"?

7. When did the scene take place?