Jan 15, 2017

Mr. Baseball: Modals for Regrets

One of my Methodology students showed me this segment to express regrets. I loved it. I adapted what she had in mind and came up with  this fun activity.





I. Work in small groups.

Imagine you are receiving an American friend for a very informal "feijoada" in a friend's house. Prepare a list of advice you would give her so that she can feel comfortable in the event. Thing about the following things:




- What should she wear?
- What time should she arrive?
- Should she bring anything for the host?
- How much should she eat? 
- What shouldn't she do there?
- What time should she leave?
- Does she have to eat everything that is served?
- What if she doesn't want to eat such an exotic dish? What should she say or do?
- Can she bring someone with her?

II. Watch the movie segment and make a list of the American guest's inappropriate behavior.



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III. Report to the class what he SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE, expressing regrests.


MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - MR BASEBALL

Dec 15, 2016

Victor Frankenstein: Used to





Work in small groups.

Discuss the questions:

1. What's you opinion about circuses?

2. Is it okay to let animals perform in a circus? Justify your answers.

3. Do you think that circuses nowadays are better or worse than the way they used to be in the past?

4. Should circuses be forbidden?

5. Watch the movie segment and describe the way that circuses used to be two hundred years ago. How did people use to treat clowns? And the other artists? Write at least 5 different things.


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1 _____________________________________________ 
2 _____________________________________________ 
3 _____________________________________________ 
4 _____________________________________________ 
5 _____________________________________________ 



6. What safety measures should be taken to prevent accidents like the one in the segment from happening again?


7. Do you think that many accidents still happen the way they used to in the past?


MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

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Nov 30, 2016

Gulliver's Travels: Simple Present




This activity was provided by Nadja Jaeckel, a colleague and great teacher at the Casa Thomas Jefferson. Thanks for sharing, Nadja.





Answer the questions about Gulliver:

1 - What time does Gulliver get up?

__________________________

True or False:

2 - ____ He wears pajamas to sleep.

3 - ____ He has some Star Wars toys.

4 - ____ He makes some tea.

5 - ____ Does he take a shower?

___________________________

True or False:

6 - ____ He doesn't take a shower.

7 - Does he listen to the radio?

___________________________

True or False:

8 - _____ He drinks coffee before he gets dressed.

9 - _____ He leaves home and takes the bus.

10 - ____ He wears boots.

11 - ____ He doesn't wear a scarf.

12 - ____ He wears a gray - t-shirt.

13 - ____  He has a letter for Darcy.

14 - ____ He wears yellow glasses and he plays the piano.




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MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD

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Nov 15, 2016

Paddington: Polite Requests for Help

I simply love this movie. It is funny,  sweet and touching. It is great for children and adults. I recommend it. 






I. Watch the movie segment and talk to your partner about the questions below.






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1. Was Paddington, the bear, polite with the people around him?

2. What went wrong?

3. What should he do to draw attention to him politely?

II. Read the expressions below and decide in which situations they would be most appropriate?


1. Can you give me a hand with this?


2. Could you help me for a second?


3. Can I ask a favor?


4. I wonder if you could help me with this?


5. I could do with some help, please.


6. I can't manage. Can you help?


7. Give me a hand with this, will you?


8. Lend me a hand with this, will you?


9. Could you spare a moment?


10. I need some help, please.


III. Now check the explanations for the best use for those requests and compare them to  your answers. 


Phrase 1 is quite a direct question to use with friends and people who you know quite well.


Phrase 2 is more polite. We include the words 'for a second' to show that we don't need a lot of help 
and that it will not be difficult.


Phrase 3 is a general way of introducing a request for help.


Phrase 4 is polite and can be used with people you don't know very well, or with your boss.


Phrase 5 is quite direct, and the focus is that you really need help. It's quite strong.


Phrase 6 shows you have a big problem. You are desperate for help. you often hear this phrase when somebody has too much work to do.


Phrases 7 and 8 are similar and are direct requests for help. 'Lend a hand' is a little more polite and old-fashioned than 'give me a hand.'


We use phrase 9 to show that we respect that the other person is really quite busy and to say that they will only need to help you for a short time.


Phrase 10 is a direct question and the asker does not expect the listener to say no. This is often used by people in authority e.g. bosses.


Inspired by the awesome site International House Bristol. It has wonderful ideas for functional language use.



ROLE PLAY

 Improvise a dialog based on the following situations. Use the expression you have learned in this lesson.

  A: You are the boss of an important department. You need a report ready in two hours, but you don't have enough time to prepare it by yourself.

 B: You are A's assistant. You are very busy, but your main job is to help your boss.



  A: You are lost in a busy foreign city. You need directions to get back to your hotel.   

 B; You are in a hurry heading for work. You can't be  late because it is your first working day at this company , but you don't want to be rude. Decide if you will spare a few minutes of your time to help A or decline A's request  politely.



  A: You are at  a party that you know nobody. You are embarrassed and want to go home as soon as possible. How can you tell the host you want to leave before dinner is served?

 B: You are very busy hosting a party. You want everybody to feel comfortable, but you don't have time to interact with most guests. How will you help A in this situation? You really don't want A to leave the party before dinner.



  MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - PADDINGTON

Oct 30, 2016

The Jetsons - Rosie, the Robot - Reported Speech









This creative activity was provided by a reader, Graziela Pinheiro. She's from São Paulo and has been a private teacher for about 10 years now.


Thanks, Graziela, for the contribution. We can't wait for more..



Can you complete these sentences?
'I don’t want pizza'.
She said _____________________________________

‘I hate it’, he told me.
He told me he _________________________________

‘Remember me? We met at last year’s party’, Mary asked John.

Mary asked ____________________________________________

Don't Forget:

1.      Pronouns
2.      Backshifting
3.      Reporting verbs – say, tell, ask are most used; try different verbs and adverbs to represent the mood of the speaker. Eg: quietly agreed, happily told, angrily shouted, confidently declared, categorically denied.


Complete the gaps using the correct form of the verbs below.
Watch the video and check your answers (1.10):
rest
think
swim
mean
say

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TV:         Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!
This is Jack Jetwash, your slipped disk jockey on 3-D TV at half past 700 hours, on this good, good, good morning, with your modern mother’s muscle tone program of the air.
Now, chins up! I____________, chin up, index fingers out.
Ready for your push-button finger exercises? (1)
Jane:     I’m ready (2)
TV:         One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two!­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ __________!
Judy:     Okay, Mom, take five! (3)
Good morning! And did you change your mind?
Jane:     No! It’s too cool to go ___________after school. Besides, you won’t be home in time for dinner. (4) 
Judy:     From Acapulco?
Jane:     Oh! I __________ you were going to Hawaii (5)  .
Well, all right if your father says yes.
Judy:     Oh, he will! (6) 
Daddy? Daddy, are you asleep? (6) 
George: Yes… (7) 
Judy:     Thanks, daddy! (8) 
                Daddy __________ yes! (9) 
Jane: Ok, then!

Work with your partner.
Use reported speech to re-write the following dialogs:
(1) Jack Jetwash asked if everybody was ready for their push-button finger exercises.
(2) Jane ______________________________________________________
(3) Judy ______________________________________________________ and
(4)  ______________________________________________________
(4)  Jane ____________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
(5)  Jane ___________________________________________________________.
(6)  Judy ___________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
(7)  George ______________________________________________________________
(8)   Judy ____________________________________________________________
(9)  Judy ____________________________________________________________

Complete the gaps using the correct form of the verbs below.
Watch the video and check your answers (1.10):
rest
think
swim
mean
say

TV:         Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!
This is Jack Jetwash, your slipped disk jockey on 3-D TV at half past 700 hours, on this good, good, good morning, with your modern mother’s muscle tone program of the air.
Now, chins up! I MEAN chin up, index fingers out.
Ready for your push-button finger exercises? (1)
Jane:     I’m ready (2)
TV:         One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two! One, two!­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ REST!
Judy:     Okay, Mom, take five! (3)
Good morning! And did you change your mind?
Jane:     No! It’s too cool to go SWIMMING after school. Besides, you won’t be home in time for dinner. (4) 
Judy:     From Acapulco?
Jane:     Oh! I THOUGHT  you were going to Hawaii (5)  .
Well, all right if your father says yes.
Judy:     Oh, he will! (6) 
Daddy? Daddy, are you asleep? (6) 
George: Yes… (7) 
Judy:     Thanks, daddy! (8) 
                Daddy  SAID yes! (9) 
Jane: Ok, then!


Suggested answers. 
As this is only a review, it’s good to encourage students to use different verbs and leave “say” and “tell” behind as well as making their speech more colorful, using adverbs when possible. 
(1) Jack Jetwash asked if everybody was ready for their push-button finger exercises.
(2) Jane SLEEPILY SAID she was.
(3) Judy SUGGESTED her mother took a rest and
(4)  ASKED if she had changed her mind.
(4)  Jane POINTED OUT that it was too cool for swimming and reminded Jane that she wouldn’t be home in time for dinner.
(5)  Jane REPLIED that she thought Jude was going to Hawaii.
(6)  Judy EXCLAIMED her father would say yes.
(7)  George MUMBLED yes
(8)   Judy HAPPILY THANKED her father
(9)  Judy told her mother that George’s answer was yes.




Oct 15, 2016

Batman Begins: Wh Questions





This is another awesome activity developed by Bruno. His activities are even better now. Thanks, Bruno, for another perfect contribution.



My name is Bruno, I´m a Brazilian English teacher specialized in Applied Linguistics. Currently I work for a language institute teaching adults and in a regular school teaching elementary and high school. I believe knowledge is something to be shared and that´s why I post my classes to everybody who wants to study/learn English. In the last years I counted and have been counting on many partners who are always there: Adriana Pin, Bhyanka Itaborahy, Claudio Azevedo (Movie Segments), Diego Cassionato (Inglês com Rock) and Dani Bertocchi... You guys are also "guilty" for it. THANK YOU.



Batman Begins
A class by @TeacherBrunoGon

To do this activity, you must know the characters of the video:

Mr. Earle

Bruce Wayne

Mr. Fox

                                                                                Alfred

1 – Watch the video segment and check the Wh-Question words missing:


The meeting has already started, sir.

Earle: - _________________ meeting?

Earle: Under _____________ authority?

Earle: _____________ makes you think you can decide _____________'s running Wayne Enterprises?

Earle: ________________ are you talking about? The company went public a week ago.


2 – Still about the video, make questions using the lines spoken:

a-      _____________ got fired before?
Fox got fired

b-      _______________ job Fox has now?
Mr. Earle´s job

c-      ______________ calls Bruce Wayne to understand what´s is happening?
Mr Earle calls Bruce

d-      ______________ gives Bruce the newspaper?
Alfred does

e-      ______________ has the authority to make decisions?
Brune Wayne has the authority of deciding

f-       _______________ has got the first page?
Batman got the first page

g-      _____________ has got page 8?
Bruce Wayne got page 8

h-      _______________ did the company went public?
It went public a week before

i-        _____________ bought most of the shares?
Bruce Wayne bought most of the shares

j-        ______________ company´s future is secure?
Bruce´s company is secure for the future



Oct 6, 2016

TV Series for Learning

I am very proud to share a blog about TV Series for Learning, developed by Ronaldo Lima Jr.  This is an awesome blog, and I am sure you will profit a lot from it. Make sure you visit it. You will be flooded with amazing ideas.
tvseries4learning.wordpress.com

Sep 30, 2016

Captain America - Civil War: Superlatives




This activity was provided by Vanessa Pontes. Thanks, Vanessa, for sharing such an awesome activity.



1. Review the rules of Superlatives using the following slides: http://www.slideshare.net/vanessafp02/superlatives-65039630 - Slides at the end of the post.





2. Watch the segment once and aks questions about the characters to check if they know all of them.










3. Next, use the following worksheet.  It is possible to change the adjectives and the characters used in the worksheet.



1)  Match:

1
Loyal

Vision
2
Rich

Black Widow
3
Fair

Iron man
4
Powerful

Captain America
5
Strong

Spider- Man
6
Unreliable

Falcon

1)   Write sentences using the superlative form:

a) ________________________________________________________________
b) ________________________________________________________________
c) ________________________________________________________________
d) ________________________________________________________________
e) ________________________________________________________________