Sep 9, 2009

The Other Man: Past Perfect x Simple Past

This is an intriguing scene because it is about a men who finds out his wife has a lover because he decided to investigate her private messages, such as the ones in her cell phone and laptop. I like using it to practice the contrast between the simple past and past perfect tenses.

A. Talk to a partner:


1 - Do you think it is correct to check your husband's (wife's) messages? Justify it.
2 - Is it important to have privacy in a relationship? Explain it.
3 - Do you have documents in your computer that only you have access to? Why (not)?
4 - If you were suspicious about how faithful your partner is to you, would you fuss around his stuff? Why (not)?
5 - If you found out you were being cheated on, what would you do?


B. Watch the segment and check which activity took place first. Write 1 next to the activity that took place first and 2 next to the activity that took place later.


I . ( ) He listened to her voice mail.
( ) He turned on his wife's laptop.


II. ( ) He looked at some pictures of his family.
( ) He tried to open a folder called love.


III. ( ) He tried opening the love folder using some passwords with his family names.
( ) He opened a folder called London.


IV. ( ) He saw the picture of a black man trying to kiss his wife at a party.
( ) He read an email sent by Ralph.


V. ( ) He remembered being introduced to Ralph.
( ) He finished reading the email.




C. Now combine both sentences using the simple past and the past perfect tenses. Make sure you know what action took place first so you can choose the correct verb tense.



I. ..........................................................................................................................................
II. .......................................................................................................................................

III. .....................................................................................................................................

IV. ......................................................................................................................................
V. .......................................................................................................................................


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Correct answers:
B.
I. 1, 2
II. 1,2
III. 1,2
IV. 1,2
V. 2,1


C. Possible answers:
I. He had listened to his wife's voice mail when he turned on her laptop.
II. He had looked at some pictures of his family when he tried opening a folder called Love.
III. He had tried opening that folder with passwords of his family names when he opened a folder called London.
IV. He had seen a picture of a black man trying to kiss his wife when he read an email sent by Ralph.
V. He remembered being introduced to Ralph, when he had finished reading the email.


How to prepare your own video activity.
- Select a scene with a sequence of events
- Write down two sentences that took place at different times
- Have students decide which action took place first
- The students combine both sentences, using the past perfect and simple past tenses

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Claudio, HOw can i download the segment from this webside?

Claudio Azevedo said...

Check out this post. It is really easy with realplayer.

http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com/2008/11/downloading-movie-segments.html

Anonymous said...

My Englsih classes are much better! Thanks a lot dear Claudio. It's fantastic!