May 3, 2009

Twilight: Modal Verb for Ability - CAN

Although this movie is apparently attractive just to teenagers, this scene is fun and exciting for everybody. This scene is excellent for teens, though. They like the movie and it suits the grammar goal well. Students can practice the modal verb CAN for ability. They can also learn some new vocabulary about baseball, especially if they are in a country where the sport is not so popular, like here in Brazil.

Talk to a partner about these questions:

1- What do you know about vampires?
2- What can they do?
3- What's good and bad about being a vampire?

A. Vocabulary Collocation:


Match both columns


1 - Pitch

2 - Hit

3 - Run

4 - Handle

5 - Jump

6 - smell


( ) the baseball precisely

( ) the baseball hard

( ) fast

( ) the bat with agility

( ) high

( ) different perfumes easily




- . The Cullens





- . The Nomads


Observe the movie segment below. There you will see The Cullens, the group of vampires playing baseball, and the Nomads, the group of vampires who arrive later. Then write down sentences saying what the Cullens and the Nomads can do that we, humans, can't. Use the matching exercise items and others.


video




1 ..........................................................................................
2 ........................................................................................
3 .........................................................................................
4 .........................................................................................
5 .........................................................................................
6 ........................................................................................

Talk to a partner and decide:


What super powers would you like to have?
I can .........................., ................................., and ......................................
Answer Key - Matching may vary:
1. Pitch the ball precisely
2. Hit the ball hard
3. Run extremely fast
4. Handle the bat with agility
5. Jump high
6. smell different perfumes easily

How to prepare your own video activity:
- Select a scene in which the characters can perform different activities, like skills or sports.
- Ask students to write about what they see and what activities they can (not) perform.





8 comments:

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Juliana,
I don't know what happened, but I had to create a ne post. I lost your previous comment, but I believe it is working now. Thanks for the feedback.

Juliana Paniago said...

Thanks a lot Claudio. Now it is working and I could download it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudio,

I think your blog is very interesting and could be of help in my classes, I´d like to try this movie segment, is there a way to download it?
Thanks in advance
Ana

Claudio Azevedo said...

You can download the videos with real player. Download the free version at www.realplayer.com. After you install it, all you'll have to do is to scroll the mouse over the screen and you'll be automatically offered the choice to download it. That's how I download youtube videos, and you can do it here too. Let me know if you have managed, please. See you.

Ju Lichtnow said...

Hi, Claudio!

Your blog is very nice, but I couldn't download the video, even with real player, could you show the link to download it at youtube? This way I know that I can download it!
Thank you very much!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear JU,
Sorry, the videos are not in youtube, just here. Try another browser, like mozilla or explorer. Realplayer does work. It is a configuration problem for sure. There are other alternatives that you can check on the sidebar - downloading the segments. Let me know if you have managed.

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudio,

I long time I have been looking for a blog like that, you've doing a great job, congratulations!

God bless you man.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, glad you found it. Thanks for the feedback.