Jul 5, 2015

Magic in the Moonlight: Present Continuous

I love Woody Allen. This opening scene is great because no English is spoken, so basic learners can profit from it a lot.




I. Work in pairs:

1. What are some common tricks that magicians usually perform in their shows?

2. What are the most impressive ones?

3. Do you know the name of any famous magician?

4. What's your opinion about this kind of show? Do you enjoy it? Why (not)?

II. Blindfold one student and show the movie segment. All the other students have to write what Wei Ling Soo is doing.



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III. Play the segment again and the students act as narrators and read their sentences out loud. The students who had been blindfolded has to act exactly the same way Soo is performing his show.

IV. Write sentences in the present continuous tense, saying how a trick is being performed, Then have one student act out your actions. Take turns with all the students.

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Jun 25, 2015

Friends: Introductions - Verb to Be - Functional Language


This is a fun, creative activity provided by a reader, Pedro Urbano, Thanks, Pedro, for sharing your great activity with us. I hope you share even more! I do not usually share activities based on TV sitcoms  or series, but Pedro helped me with that task. Thanks, Pedro, once again..





I've been teaching English for nine years working with teens, adults, and seniors. Creating songs activities and especially movie worksheets are my features. Today, I'm part of ICBEU teacher team - Manaus (a dream of 13 years that came true), working with teens and adults. 


What are they saying? Create a dialog according to the pictures (the pictures are in the worksheet). 

Use the questions below. One is extra.


Where are you from? How old are you? Are you Chinese?


1st Watch


Read the questions and check the correct answer.


A. Where is Rachel?

( ) at home ( ) at the airport ( ) at the gym


B. Where are Ross and Julie coming from?

( ) from Los Angeles ( ) from Mexico ( ) from China


C. Where is Julie from?

( ) NY ( ) Los Angeles ( ) Texas


2. Watch the video segment. Check T (true) or F (false).

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A. Rachel has a cat in her hand ( )
B. Ross introduces Rachel to Julie ( )
C. Julie is from China ( )


2nd Watch.


Watch the segment again and complete the dialogue with the expressions below.


I’m from New York / Welcome to our country / There you are /This is Julie   


Ross: Rachel...
Rachel: Oh..._________________! So...so... How was China, YOU?
Ross: It was great. Oh...what happened?
Rachel: What?
Ross: You’re bleeding
Rachel: Oh.. I am? Oh look at that. Yes, I am. Enough about me. Mr. “Back from the Orient” Come on, I wanna everything...everything!
Ross: Well, where do I start? _______________________. Julie, this is Rachel.
Rachel: Hi.....Oh these are...are....aren’t for you. These are for you: ______________________________!
Julie: Thank you. ___________________________ .


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Jun 15, 2015

Just Go with It: Whose - Adjective Clauses

I truly like this scene. Nicole Kidman has a funny part and Jennifer Aniston does a great job in this attractive scene. My students loved it.
GRAMMAR HINT:


Adjective Clauses are adjectives. However, they look like sentences because they have verbs and nouns. Notice:

I know the policeman. His dog bit a man.
I know the policeman whose dog bit a man.
I bought an antique vase. Its value is priceless.
I bought an antique vase whose value is priceless.


Whose is the possessive and is used for both people and things and must be followed by a noun.
Whose + noun can be subject or object
I heard the scientist whose work is attracting interest.
I met the scientist whose work I admire.


I. Watch the movie segment. Match the sentences to write adjective clauses with whose. Follow the examples in the grammar hint.

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Hula Girl Contestants

Devlin Adams (Nicole Kidman)








Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston)













1) There is a band. Their players are Hawaiian.

2) Devlin has sexy body. Her flower is orange.

3) The shortest contestant is Katherine. Her skirt is yellow.

4) The audience was thrilled. Their two choices for finalists were excellent. 

5) The winner is the new Hula Girl. Her prize is just the applause of the audience.

6) Devlin and her boyfriend lost the competition. Their ball fell first.


II. Talk to a friend:

1. Was the final decision fair? Who was the best candidate in your opinion? Why?

2. Who was the sexiest?

3. Who was the funniest?

4. What's your opinion about this sort of contest? Have you ever participated in one?


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Answer key:

1) There is a band whose players are Hawaiian.
2) Devlin, whose flower is orange, has a sexy body.
3) The shortest contestant is Katherine, whose skirt is yellow.
4) The audience, whose choices for finalists were excellent, was thrilled.
5) The winner is the new Hula Girl, whose price is just the applause of the audience.
6) Devlin and her boyfriend, whose ball fell first, lost the competition.

Jun 5, 2015

Rear Window: Verbs of Perception + Gerund or Bare Infinitive

I like showing classics to my younger students so they learn a little more about movies. Hitchcock's Rear Window is a must to all movie lovers.




Some verbs of perception see, look at, hear, listen to, and feel, along with watch and sense can be used with objects followed by other verbs (base form or gerunds, but not infinitives).

Examples:

We heard you leave. (Okay. Emphasis on our hearing.)
We heard you leaving. (Okay. Emphasis on your leaving.)
We heard you to leave. (Incorrect!)

Other examples:

I saw her go. (okay. Focus on my seeing.)
Look at that man run! (okay. Focus on their looking.)
Sylvester listened to the canary sing. (okay, focus on his listening.)
We watched them play basketball. (okay, focus on our watching.)
We watched them playing basketball. (okay, focus on their playing.)
Trudy can feel the wind blowing against her skin. (okay, focus on the wind's blowing.)
Mr. Todd sensed the lion approaching. (okay, focus on the lion's approaching.)


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 I. Watch the movie segment and complete sentences with one verb of the given verbs of perception and the objects followed by other verbs in parentheses. Use as many verbs as possible. Then decide where the action main focus is.

LOOK AT - SEE - HEAR - LISTEN TO -  WATCH - SENSE
                                                                 Lisa and Jeff



1. He _______________a woman in green _______________ the table for a special dinner. (see)

2. He ____________ Miss Lonelyhearts _______________________ her imaginary guest, but he couldn't understand what she was actually saying. (welcome)

3. He __________Miss Lonelyhearts ____________some wine for herself and her imaginary lover. (pour)

4. They ___________ Ms, Torso, the ballet dancer, ______________with three gentlemen in her apartment building.(entertain)

5. A beautiful lady __________ her husband ___________ a call and left the bed to see what was  happening. (make)

6. The woman's husband _____________ (neg) her _______________ into the living room and was surprised by her presence there (come).

7. The couple ___________ a songwriter  __________ beautiful music in the studio apartment. (play)


Key - possible answers:


1. Jeff saw a woman in green setting the table for a special dinner.

2. Jeff heard  Miss Lonelyhearts welcome her imaginary guest.

3. Jeff watched Miss Lonelyhearts pour some wine for herself and her imaginary lover.

4. Jeff and Lisa saw Ms, Torso, the ballet dancer, entertaining with three gentlemen in her apartment building.

5. A beautiful lady heard her husband making a call and left the bed to see what was happening.

6. The woman's husband didn't sense her come into the  living room and was surprised by her presence.

7. Jeff and Lisa  heard a songwriter  playing beautiful music in the studio apartment.


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May 25, 2015

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: Imperative - Negative Forms

This is a beautiful, magical and dramatic story of a mother who has to make a very difficult decision in life - giving her baby to be raised by someone wealthier, because she does not have the means to nurture him. It is a French animated movie spoken in English I loved it.


I. Work in groups. Read the summary of the beginning of the story of Jack and the cuckoo-clock heart.

Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine, the midwife, saves his life by inserting a cuckoo-clock in place of his defective heart. It will work, she warns him, as long as Jack observes three golden rules. 

II. Come up with the three rules you believe would keep Jack alive. Be creative and use your imagination.


1 He must never _________________________________________
2 ____________________________________________________ 
3 ____________________________________________________

III. Share your ideas with the class.

IV. Watch the segment and check your answers.

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V. Discuss:

1. What's your opinion about the mother's decision to give up on her child? 

2. Why did she do that?

3. What will happen to Jack?

4. Which one of the rules is the most difficult one in your opinion? Why?

5. What would you do if you were in Jack's biological mother shoes?





Answer key:
He will only live as long as he observes three golden rules: 
1 - He must never touch the hands of the clock. 
2 - He must master his anger. 

May 15, 2015

Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Modal for Ability CAN

This is a lovely movie. Mr. Peabody's kind heart is amazing and the plot is just fantastic. It is great to teach children a bit about history as well. I truly recommend it.



I. Work in small groups. Watch the movie segment. You can't write anything. After the segment is over, make a list of everything Mr. Peabody can do. 

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II. GAME

Each group takes turns and says one sentence about what Mr. Peabody can do (Ex: GROUP 1 - He can speak English). Then the next group has to say a different sentence. The group that says more sentences is the winner.

Answer key:

Students may come up with more sentences than the ones in the answer key. Here are the activities I managed to see.

He can do yoga.
He can turn somersaults.
He can speak English.
He can read.
He can use the computer.
He can make sculptures.
He can play basketball.
He can write.
He can make creative inventions.
He can solve political problems around the world.
He can sing.
He can skate.
He can dance.

ALTERNATIVE FOR THE GAME:

The students write all the activities they manage to see Mr. Peabody doing on separate slips of paper, using CAN.
Mix up the sentences and the students mime the sentences to their groups.

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May 5, 2015

Maleficent & The Monkey's Paw: Wish for

The Monkey's Paw is a classic story that has been told from generation to generation for years. I suggest you use it with ADULTS only. Maleficent, on the other hand, is a new blockbuster and can be used with students of all ages. I love Maleficent. It is just great.


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MALEFICENT:





THE MONKEY'S PAW


"The Monkey's Paw" is a supernatural short story by author W. W. Jacobs first - published in England in 1902.
In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkey's paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate.

Be careful what you wish for 
(it might just happen) used for telling someone to think carefully about the changes that they would like in their life, as they might not make them any happier. If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences.

Remember:


WISH FOR + NOUN
WISH TO + NOUN CLAUSE
WISH SOMEONE SOMETHING




I. How would you explain these other idioms?

One Wish, a Thousand Regrets.

With Every Wish, There Comes a Curse.

II. Watch the movie segment from the movie The Monkey's Paw and answer the questions with a partner.

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1. What did the characters wish for?

2. What were the consequences?

3. What would you wish for if you found the monkey's paw. Write down three wishes.

II. Now watch the segment from the movie Maleficent and answer the questions:


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1. What did the fairies wish for the princess?

2. What did Maleficent wish for?

III. Work with a partner:

What would you wish for the following people? Work with a friend and write at least one sentence for each of the items below. Follow the grammar instructions to create your sentences.


  • The president of your country
  • Your parents
  • Your best friend
  • The world population
  • Africans with Ebola
  • Animals in danger of extinction





Apr 25, 2015

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: 2nd Conditional




This is a beautiful, magical and dramatic story of a mother who has to make a very difficult decision in life - giving her baby away to be raised by someone wealthier, because she does not have the means to nurture him. It is a French animated movie spoken in English I loved it.


I. Work in pairs:

1. Have you ever had to make a difficult decision in your life? What made you decide what to do? Can you talk about it?

2. Have you ever made a wrong choice? Talk about it?

3. What would you do in the situations below? Explain your choices.
  • You are offered a fantastic professional opportunity, but you would have to be two years and a half away from your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend? There will not be any chances to see each other, just by using mobile devices (skype, facebook, etc). What would you do?

  • You  have two children. A four year-old boy and a three-year old girl. A criminal tells you to sacrifice one of your children or both of them die. He won't choose; you have to do it. If you don't choose one of them, both of them die. You cannot sacrifice yourself to save both of them. If you do it, both of them die. What would you do? Who would you choose to survive?

  • You saw your best friend's lover kissing another person. Your best friend loves her partner and is nine-month pregnant. You don't know how involved your friend's lover is with that stranger. Would you tell him/her what you saw?

  • You receive the news that the person you love most will die in two months. This situation can't be changed. He/she has a lot of plans for the future and is very happy with her life, her accomplishments and expectations for the future. However, he/she is not in a hurry and is planning things slowly. What would you do? Warn him and make him enjoy life immediately, risking fostering depression and desperation? Would you let him/her waste his time and opportunities to enjoy the time that is left for him/her without worries?

II. Here are six questions one should ask himself before making a difficult choice. Answer the questions, connecting them with each of the four situations above:


1. If I don’t do this now, will I regret it?
2. What am I afraid of?
3. What does my heart say?
4. Who am I really doing this for?
5. Will I like myself after this decision?
6. Can I cope with the consequences of my decision?

III. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions in exercise II. How would she probably answer those questions?

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IV. What would you do if you were in her shoes? How would you answer those questions in exercise II if you were in her position?


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Apr 15, 2015

The Leftovers: Past Modals for Speculation

This is the second post based on a TV series. The Leftovers is an intriguing HBO dramatic series and its first scene is perfect for modals for speculation.




I. Watch the movie segment and work in small groups of three students. Number the students (1, 2 and 3).



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II. Imagine you are  police officers talking about the happening to a reporter. Describe what happened and present two different possibilities for what happened during the scene. What happened to the baby? What happened to the kid's father? And what about the car accident? Then prepare a speech about your conclusions and imagine you are going to give an interview to explain the community what went on that day. Make sure you include the modal verbs you have been studying.
III. Have the students who have the same numbers sit together and share their theories to their new group.

IV. The students choose the most plausible (or creative) explanation to share with the class.


Apr 5, 2015

The Amazing Spider Man: Indefinite Articles, Vocabulary Practice


This is a fun, creative activity provided by a reader, Pedro Urbano, based on a blockbuster I simply love. Thanks, Pedro, for sharing your great activity with us. I hope you share even more!





I've been teaching English for nine years working with teens, adults, and seniors. Creating songs activities and especially movie worksheets are my features. Today, I'm part of ICBEU teacher team - Manaus (a dream of 13 years that came true), working with teens and adults. 






THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN

MOVIE ACTIVITY

Before you watch:

What’s in the girl’s bag?  



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What’s in the man’s briefcase














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Write down three possible  objects. Then, compare with your partner.


While you watch:





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Watch the video segment. Check the correct answers.


A. Where’s Peter?
(   ) at school
(   ) at home
(   ) at the gym

B. Who’s Peter talking to?
(   ) Gwen and Dr. Curt
(   ) Ben and May Parker
(   ) Dr. Stacy and Dr. Rattha

C. Who are Ben and May?
(   ) Peter’s parents
(   ) Peter’s uncle and aunt
(   ) Peter’s grandparents

After you watch:
Watch the video segment. Check T (true) or F (false) in the statements.

A. After talking to Ben  and May, Peter goes to the kitchen. (    )
B. Peter wears contact lenses (   )
C. The briefcase belongs to Peter (    )


 Peter finds some objects in the briefcase. Make a list of four objects you observed in the scene. Then, compare with your partner. Don't forget to use a / an / X (no article) before the objects.


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