Sep 1, 2008
Undertaking Betty: There to be
Watch the video segment and fill in the blanks with there is/ there are/ there isn’t/ there aren’t:
1) ___________ two beds in the couple’s bedroom.
2) ___________ a dresser in their bedroom.
3) ___________ two mirrors over the dresser.
4) ___________ a green telephone in the old lady room.
5) ___________ a TV in her room
6) ___________ a home theater in the house.
7) ___________ two floors.
8) ___________ white cabinets on the kitchen wall.
9) ___________ a swimming pool.
10) ___________ only one table in the kitchen.
11) ___________ an intercom system in the house.
12) ___________ flowers on the window.
Now write sentences using there + to be (affirmative or negative) and cues below:
1) A beautiful garden - There isn’t a beautiful garden in the house.
2) Cats - ______________________________________________
3) Garage - ____________________________________________
4) Stairs - _____________________________________________
5) Cars in front of the house - _______________________________
6) Dogs - _____________________________________________
Discussion these questions. Talk to a partner:
1- Would you like to live in a house like the one in the movie segment? Why/Why not?
2 - Describe your house, using the verb there + to be.
3 - Where would your ideal house be?
4 - What would it look like?
MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - UNDERTAKING BETTY (PLOTS WITH A VIEW)
How to prepare your own video activity:
Grammar Goal: There + To Be
• Select a segment in which the scene takes place in an environment (a house, a restaurant, an office, an airport) that can be described, using there is or there are
• Prepare an exercise for the students to fill in the blanks with the grammar goal
• The sentences in the exercise must contain true and false statements
• You may show the segment twice if there are many details to observe
• Students compare their answers after the first viewing
• Students do the written exercise
• Students write sentences about the segment, using the grammar goal.