Aug 19, 2009

Monsters, Inc.: Present Continuous x Present Simple

This is a great movie and activity. This activity was published on Sabrina de Vita's blog, a very inspiring and resourceful site. Sabrina kindly sent me this activity to share with my readers and I'm proud to publish it here. The activity is great and so is the movie segment. This great activity will certainly foster your visiting her site. Sabrina is a consciencious educator and she also likes sharing, just like I do. All the activities and text below were developed by her. Here is what she says about herself on her blog.

I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m an English teacher. I have studied at the teacher training college Joaquin V Gonzalez-At the moment, I’m working in the primary and secondary school: Saint Exupery. With BE the Real Thing we specialised in teaching ESP (Legal and Medical English) and Business English. We also give online classes.

Thanks a lot, Sabrina. Can't wait for more!

I will share with you one lesson plan I have prepared to revise the use of Present Simple and Present Continuous. It is based on this scene from the movie Monsters Inc.
And here go the activities:

1) Complete the sentences with the appropriate tense ( Present Simple and Present Continuous)

a) Every day, Sulley _______________ (drive) to work. However, today they ____________ (walk)

b) Right now, Mike _______________ (talk) to Sulley’s mum on the phone.
c) Afterwards, they often ______________ (watch) tv, but today they __________ (also / star) on a tv commercial.
d) Sulley and Mike _____________ (not exercise) together. Sulley ______ (do) his routine and Mike __________ (guide) him.
e) Then, Sulley always ______________ (brush) his teeth.
f) Sulley usually ____________ (get up) at 6:00 but today he ____________ (still/ sleep) at 6:05.

2) Watch the film and put the sentences in the correct order.

3) Write 5 sentences about what the monsters Sulley and Mike encounter on their way to work are doing at the moment.

4) Did you like the scene? Why (not)?

Hope you like it and find it useful. If you have used it, please share your experience with us. If you have more ideas to work with this particular film or with movies in general, don’t hesitate to share your views.





sabridv said...

Thanks a lot Claudio for your kind post. You can be assured that whenever I prepare another lesson plan for a film, I will share it with you and your readers. I love sharing, it's the only way we can all learn together.

Claudio Azevedo said...

I'm glad you like it. I'm sure my readers will too. Can't wait for the next ones. Thanks, Claudio

Anonymous said...

This video isn't working, Claudio.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for the warning. I think it is working now. See you.

Anonymous said...

hello, is there any way to i prove the quality of this video ??
thanx a lot for sharing your ideas.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Try it now, please. Thanks for your words, but this activity is Sabrina's idea.

Anonymous said...

Great video idea, thanks so much,
However, i find the English subtitles very hard to there any way to improve their legibility??

Claudio Azevedo said...

Sorry, that's the best the DVD had to offer.

Anonymous said...

pushok said...

Sabrina, thank you for ur activity! Good work - study with pleasure :)
Claudio, thank you too for such possibility! Good luck!

Kristín said...

Thank you so much for you activity! The only problem is that when I copy to paste on my word file - there is a black background... Could you please have a look at this! I´m going to re-type the activity to use it! Thanks a lot!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Kristin,

This activity was developed by Sabrina de Vita. She did not provide me with a worksheet and I do not usually change what is sent to me. That's why there is not a worksheet for the activity. About the black background, I have no idea. I've just cut and pasted it to a word document and it was fine. Thanks for the feedback!

ayana said...

Hi Claudio, the page is not working, where can I get the scenes for this video?

Ayana Cortés

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Ayana,
What exactly is not working? I have just tried the video and it is fine. Check it out in another computer, OK?
Let me know if you managed.

Dyego Saraiva said...

thanks again Claudio, this website never fails me!

Pamela Beaver said...

Hello! Just wanted to thank you for the website! It´s such a great idea! I have used many of your activities in class and I shall be using this one with a group of year 8 tomorrow! I m sure they will love it. THANK YOU!

Мария Юрьевна Королева said...

Dear Claudio,I enjoy your work greatly,I'd like to use your Movie Segments at my lessons, but the problem is that the internet is very slow at school and some sites can be blocked.Where can I download these movie segments?

Claudio Azevedo said...

Please, cleck this post:

If you still don't manage to download the videos, tell me wich one you need and I'll add it to my wiki, where you can download them.

Shimeny Soares said...

Can´t download the video or find it on youtube.

Claudio Azevedo said...

The link to download the segment has been added to the end of the post. Check it out, please.

LG said...

Excellent blog! You are very creative. I just used one of your activities, and it was awesome. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

Julia said...

thanks for the post! and especially, thanks for the blog!! it's great, very very useful!

Gabriela said...

This video isn't working... =(

Claudio Azevedo said...

It has been fixed, Gabriela.