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


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.

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:



Black Widow

Iron man

Captain America

Spider- Man


1)   Write sentences using the superlative form:

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

Sep 15, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets: Simple Present

This activity was provided by Débora Marquat. Thank you, Deby, for sharing. I am sure readers will profit a lot from it.

“Hey there! I'm Deby, a passionate English teacher who loves being creative to prepare fun, entertaining and productive classes for my dear students.”

1) Do you like animation movies? Have you heard about this new one?
2) Let’s meet the characters:
* The pictures of these items are on the worksheet.

3) Watch the movie trailer and write the names of the characters who perform the activities listed below:
___________________________  (to turn on) the radio
 ___________________________  (to eat) a lot
 ___________________________  (to have) a busy day
 ___________________________  (to go) to work everyday
 ___________________________  (to play) video games
 ___________________________  (to talk) to her/his friend in the morning
 ___________________________  (to live) in a castle
 ___________________________  (to wait) for someone
 ___________________________  (to enjoy) rock & roll
 ___________________________  (to hate) squirrels
 ___________________________  (to like) massage
 ___________________________  (to be) very cute

4) Now, rewrite the sentences about the characters:
     Example: Leonard TURNS ON the radio.

5) List 3 things that are true about you and 3 things that aren’t, from task 3:
     Example:        I live in a castle.            I don’t hate squirrels.
6) Talk to your classmates and ask them about the activities from task 3.
     Example: A> Do you go to work everyday?  /   B> Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.

Make a list with:

 3 things that apply to someone > Example: Maria is very cute.

  3 things that don’t apply to someone > Example: Paula doesn’t talk to his friends.

  3 things you share in common with someone > Example: Ricardo and I eat a lot.




Aug 30, 2016

Pixies: Simple Present for Routines

I. Work in groups. Make a list of everything you do after you wake up and before you leave for school (work). You may have different lists.
II. Watch the movie segment and write down what the man does after he wakes up.

III. Compare your list with what the man does. Then write down five different sentences about the segment, talking about the man's routine . Make sure you write affirmative and negative statements.

Ex; He brushes his teeth, but he doesn't go to work in the morning.

IV. What about the Pixies? Write down two sentences, one affirmative and one negative, saying what they (don't) do in their village.

Aug 15, 2016

Minions: Present Perfect

The Minions have been among humans for a long time. They have seen and done many things during their existence. Make a list of eight of those things. 

IMPORTANT: You may not repeat the verbs.


Work in groups. Tell each other all the important things that you have done so far in your life. 



Jul 30, 2016

Bridesmaids: Paired Conjunctions

Watch the movie segment.


I. Work in groups. make a list of 3 things  the bride and the guest have (or did) in common. Use both... and...

EX: . Both the bride and the guest sang a song.

1 ______________________________________________
2 ______________________________________________
3 ______________________________________________

II. Do the same thing, using neither... nor...

EX: Neither the bride nor the guest like each other.

1 ______________________________________________
2 ______________________________________________
3 ______________________________________________

III. Write sentences about the members of your group, using both... and... / neither... nor...

1 ______________________________________________
2 ______________________________________________
3 ______________________________________________

Jul 15, 2016

The Princess and the Magic Mirror: Simple Past and Paragraph Writing

Watch the movie segment and make a list of five things that the princess did during the segment. Then connect your sentences with the following transition words and write a paragraph about the scene:




Jun 30, 2016

Into the Woods: Wish + to + Infinitive

We can use 'wish' with the infinitive to mean 'would like' or 'want to'. This is very formal. We don't usually use a continuous tense with 'wish' in this case.

I wish to speak to the school principal. (This means the same as 'I would like to speak to him/her.)

I wish to go now. (This means 'I want to go now'.)

However, the main use of 'wish' is to say that we would like things to be different from what  they are, that we have regrets about the present situation.

I wish I was (were) rich.

She wishes her son was (were) smarter.


Watch the movie segment and write down a few sentences about what the characters wish to do.



Jun 15, 2016

Big Eyes: Modals for Speculations - Future and Past

Watch the movie segment. Speculate about the reasons why the main character and her daughter are leaving everything behind in such a hurry. What might have happened?

1 .............................................................. 
2 .............................................................. 
3 .............................................................


Now speculate about their future. What might happen to them?

1 .................................................................. 
2 ................................................................. 
3. ................................................................



May 30, 2016

The Sponge Bob Squarepants: Verb to Be

Here is another great activity provided by Pedro Urbano, one of this blog's readers and major contributor.  His activities are wonderful and this one is no exception. 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.

SpongeBob SquarePants – Movie activity
Vocabulary: Sea Creatures / Grammar: Be Statements / Function: We’re not____. We’re____

A.   Who are they? Match the names with the pictures.

Mr. Krabs
Patrick Star
Sandy Cheeks

B.   Watch the video segment. Complete the dialog with the words from the box.
you’re   /   water   /   that’s   /   challenge   / I’m    /  we’re not   /  this is it   /  

isn’t  /   we’re   /   land creatures   /    sea creatures   / is   /   isn’t   / Up here

Look, unless you can stay above _________ for one measly minute, you forfeit the contest and prove that ____________ are better than _______________!
No, way, San-day. We can take on your ________________! 
_______________ afraid of your dumb old land!
________________ sea creatures!
Okay! Well, _____________________.
Mr. Krabs
Wait, boy! Make it last.
Thanks, Mr. Krabs. Okay! Here I go! Hey, this ______ so bad. We can do this! Hey, Patrick, come on up! The air _____ fine!
________ gonna do it quick and get it over with. Cannonball! Hey, I lost my trunks! Hi, SpongeBob!
All right, Pat, you made it! Come on, Mr. Krabs! ____________!
Mr. Krabs
 All ashore _________ going ashore, Mr. Squidward! Land ho! 
Looking good, Mr. Krabs!
Yeah! Yeah! Whoo-hoo!
Come on, Squidward, __________ missing all the dry. Come on, Squidward!
Squidward! Squidward! Squidward! Squidward!

C.   Complete the sentences with IS, ISN’T, ARE, or AREN’T.
a.    Sandy ________a sea creature. She _____ a land creature.
b.    Mr. Krabs __________ a sea star. He _______ a crab.
c.    Squidwards _______an octopus. He ______a squid.
d.    SpongeBod, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs _________land creatures. They ____ sea creatures.

D.   In trios or groups of four, play the dialog in class.
Teacher Resources
A.   ___
B.   Dialog answers

Sandy: Look, unless you can stay above water for one measly minute, you forfeit the contest and prove that land creatures are better than sea creatures!
SpongeBob: No, way, San-day. We can take on your challenge! 
Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs: Yeah!
SpongeBob: We're not afraid of your dumb old land!
Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs: Yeah!
SpongeBob: We're sea creatures!
SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs: Yeah!
SpongeBob: Okay! Well, this is it.
Mr. Krabs: Wait, boy! (gives him a glass) Make it last.
SpongeBob: Thanks, Mr. Krabs. (drinks from it) Okay! Here I go! (gasps out of water) Hey, this isn't so bad. We can do this! Hey, Patrick, come on up! The air is fine!
Patrick: I'm gonna do it quick and get it over with. Cannonball! (goes up to shore) Hey, I lost my trunks! Hi, SpongeBob!
SpongeBob: All right, Pat, you made it! Come on, Mr. Krabs! Up here!
Mr. Krabs: All ashore that's going ashore, Mr. Squidward! Land ho! (goes up)
SpongeBob: Looking good, Mr. Krabs!
Patrick: Yeah! Yeah! Whoo-hoo!
SpongeBob: Come on, Squidward, you're missing all the dry. Come on, Squidward!
SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs: (chanting) Squidward! Squidward! Squidward! Squidward!

C.   _
a.    Isn’t  /  is
b.    Isn’t   / is
c.    Isn’t  / is
d.    Aren’t   / are

D.   Next page, here are some masks templates. So you can print and play in class. Or you can go to: