Jan 28, 2011

Did You Hear about the Morgans?: Imperative Forms

This movie is really funny and this scene is one of its best. I used it to practice imperative forms in a challenging way because the students have to practice listening comprehension as well.



A. Talk to a partner. What do you do if you see a bear near your house? Share your ideas with the rest of the class.

B. Match the beginning of the instruction with the complement:

1. Don't
2. Keep
3. Avoid
4. Speak
5. Don't shoot
6. Assume

a. run
b. calm
c. direct eye-contact
d. in a soft monotone
e. the bear
f. a cannonball position, covering your head and your neck with your hands and your arms.


B. Watch the movie segment and check your answers.

C. Prepare a poster warning about how to proceed in case of a bear attack. You have to write down 8 special pieces of advice, using imperative forms. Add 2 sentences of your own.


video

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

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MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS


Answer Key:
1. Don't run.
2. Keep Calm
3. Avoid direct eye contact.
4. Speak in a soft monotone.
5. Don't shoot the bear.
6. Assume a cannonbal position covering your head and your neck with your hands and your arms.

2 comments:

Marian Steiner said...

Dear Claudio,

I have just come across your wonderful blog via Twitter and Im so impressed!

Using films in teaching grammar might sound easy enough, but I know how difficult it is to actually go about it in a meaningful and effective way. It's so hard to keep it focused with so many films and so many scenes to choose from!

What you provide here is therefore absolutely priceless and I wanted to thank you for sharing your passion for film and ELT with the rest of the ELT world.

All the best,

MArian

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Marian,

It is very rewarding to hear that. I'm glad you profit from it, my main goal. Come back often.