Jan 24, 2010

Blade Runner: 2nd Conditional

I like showing classic movies to my students too. They learn about good film making and they get interested in them. This is my all time favorite and this scene is great for the students to practice using the 2nd (unreal) conditionals.


A. Talk to a partner about the following questions:
 



1. Do you believe that in the future androids or clones will be living among us? Justify it.

2. Will there ever be artificial pets? Why (not)?

3. Will life in the future be more or less violent? Explain.

4. Would you like to have a clone of yourself living with you or somewhere else? Why (not)?



B. Imagine you are being tested to see if you are a replicant (android). Before you watch the segment, write what would answer when a Blade Runner asked you the following series of questions. Answer them as simply as you can, but use the 2nd conditional

Situations:

1. It’s your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet.

2. You’ve got a little son. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar.

3. You’re watching television. Suddenly you realize there’s a wasp crawling on your arm.

4. You show the picture of a nude girl (man) to your husband (wife) and he likes it so much he (she) hangs it on the bedroom wall.

5. You’re watching a play. The guests are enjoying raw oysters and boiled dog.

C. Now watch the segment and write Rachael’s answers to the same questions.

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2............................................................................................

3...........................................................................................

4...........................................................................................

5...........................................................................................




D. Compare both Rachael and your answers. Were there any matches? Why do you think the answers revealed she was a replicant?



Answer key:


Rachael’s answers:

1. She wouldn’t accept it and report the person who gave it to her to the police.

2. She’d take him to the doctor.

3. She’d kill it.

4. She wouldn’t let him .

5. She couldn’t answer the question.


4 comments:

María Gabriela said...

Hello Claudio. I was at your lecture at ABS Congress and I wanted to know if the videos are available from your webpage because I could see them yesterday when I went into your webpage to check it and now today I cannot see the videos any longer and some of the ones I saw yesterday are no longer on the blog. Are we able to use this material for free or not?

Claudio Azevedo said...

Hi, Maria Gabriela,
Sometimes blogger has some problems and the videos are not available temporarily. They usually start back in a while. Check them out now. All videos and materials are free. Enjoy them.

Geovanni Zavala said...

i can't seem to find the download link to blade runner for second conditional exercise

Claudio Azevedo said...

It has been added, Geovanni. Thanks for warning me.