Aug 25, 2012

Tangled & Rio: Simple Present


Both movies are wonderful. Both have scenes that show daily acitities, so I prepared this fun activity to make students practice the simple present tense in a challenging and exciting manner.



I. Watch the segments below only once. Then work in groups and decide who performs the following activities every morning. Write R if it is Rapunzel (Tangled) or L if it is Linda (Rio).

( ) Sweep the floor at 7 a.m


( ) Read a book

( ) Paint

( ) Play the guitar

( ) Wake up at 7:15 am

( ) Brush her teeth

( ) Have breakfast

( ) Knit

( ) Bake a pie

( ) Solve a puzzle

( ) Play chess

( ) Feed her pet

( ) Open the store

( ) Make candles

( ) Brush her hair



Tangled:



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Rio:




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II. Now rewrite the sentences above in the simple present tense:

Ex: Rapunzel sweeps the floor at 7:00 am.


1. .................................................................................

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

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



III. Now write down two sentences that Rapunzel doesn't do in the morning and two sentences about what Linda does not do in her typical morning.


Ex: Rapunzel does not swim.


1. ................................................................................

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

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

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


III. Divide the class into pairs. Give Student 1a list with Rapunzel's activities. Give the other student a list with Linda's activities. Each student mimes their main character's activities and his/her partner has to say the correct sentences.


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Answer key:

R - Rapunzel - Tangled

She sweeps the floor at 7 a.m.
She reads a book.
She paints
She plays the guitar
She knits
She bakes a pie
She solves a puzzle
She plays chess
She makes candles
She brushes her hair
She sings



L - Linda -Rio

She wakes up at 7:15 am
She brushes her teeth
She has breakfast
She feeds her pet
She opens the store


Aug 18, 2012

Frantic: Questions - Simple Past

This is an excellent thriller with an intriguing story. I used the scene that the husband, Dr. Walker, asks several questions to the hotel clerk who works where he is staying at. He is working out during his break time. Dr. Walker's wife mysteriously disappeared while he was in the shower in the hotel room and he is looking for clues to solve the puzzle.



A. Before watching the segment, put the questions below in the correct order.

1. you/ did/ her/ see

_______________________ ?

2. did/ what/ say/ she

_______________________ ?

3. she / seem/ to know /him / did

_______________________ ?

4. did/ talk/ they

_______________________ ?

5. anything else/ did / notice / you

_______________________ ?

6. what / this man / did / look like

_______________________ ?



B. Now match the questions above with the answers the hotel clerk gave.




( ) She asked me to send up toilet articles.

( ) Yes, I spoke to her.

( ) I noticed she had wet hair.

( ) I didn't hear what they were saying.

( ) He had his arms around her.

( ) Tall, well-dressed, mustache, dark skin


C. Watch the movie segment now and check if your answers are correct.

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Answer Key:

A.
1. Did you see her?
2. What did she say?
3. Did she seem to know him?
4. Did they talk?
5. Did you notice anything else?
6. What did this man look like?

B.
2, 1, 5, 4, 3, 6


Aug 11, 2012

The Untouchables: Prepositions

This classic is full of very interesting scenes to practice grammar. The director, Brian de Palma, is one of my favorite movie makers, because the way he uses the camera provides us, teachers, with plenty of material for our classes. This scene, for example, shows the same apartment several times and there is little language used, so it is a must for beginners. It is always very difficult to find movie scenes for beginners, so this one is precious. I used it to practice house and decoration vocabulary and prepositions as well.


Watch the movie segment for the first time and decide in which room of the apartment the objects below are located. Write the words below next to the object in exercise A.




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KITCHEN (K) - BATHROOM (B) - DINING ROOM (D) - CORRIDOR (C)



A.


1. white curtains:

2. transparent curtains:

3. a white oven:

4. a mirror:

5. a sink:

6. a picture:

7. a large table:

8. some jars:

9. a dishtowel:



Answer key: 1.B, 2. K/D, 3. K, 4 . B, 5. B, 6. D/C, 7. D, 8. D, 9. K



B. Watch the segment again and then complete the blanks with one of these prepositions:


ON - IN - OVER - UNDER - THROUGH - AT - BEHIND - IN THE MIDDLE OF - BETWEEN


1. He keeps a bottle of whiskey ______ the white oven.


2. The mirror is ___________ the bathroom wall.


3. The mirror is ______ the sink.


4. There are some cookie jars ________ the dining room shelf.


5. There are some stairs _________ the kitchen door.


6. There is a dishtowel hanging _____ the kitchen wall.


7. The intruder is looking ________ the window glass.


8. The owner of the house lives _________ the first floor. He lives _______ Racine Avenue. His apartment is __________ 1634 Racine Avenue, Chicago.


9. There is a table and chairs _________ the dining room.


10. The men see each other _________ the corridor.



1. in, 2. on, 3. over, 4. on, 5. behind, 6. on, 7. through, 8. on / on / at, 9. in the middle of / in, 10. in

Aug 4, 2012

The Time Traveler's Wife: 2nd Conditional

I had very little expectations about this movie, but it is amazingly pleasant and creative. The whole idea is very interesting and the gripping beginning is just great. I used two scenes from the movie to have students practice the 2nd conditional in an imaginative, contextualized way.




I. Work with a friend. Write down your answers to the questions:


1. Would you like to time travel? Why (not)?
I ______________________ because ______________________.
2. What would the consequences of time travel be?
If people could time travel, _________________________________.
3. Would you change anything about your past?

If I could change anything about my past, I _________________ .
4. What about history? Would you change anything? What would you do to change it?
If I could change anything in history, I ___________________-.

II. Watch the 1st segment and talk to a friend about the questions that follow.


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1. What happened in the segment?

2. Why did he decide to go back in time to talk to himself as a child?

3. What do you think will happen next?


III. Watch the 2nd segment now. Then answer the questions. Write down your answers and use the 2nd conditional.



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1. If you could go back in time, would you choose the person you wanted to marry and make her love you? Why (not)?

If I ______________________, I ______________________

2. Would you do what he did if you were the main character of the movie? Why (not)?
If I ______________________, I _______________________

3. Would life be better or worse if people could travel in time? Why?
If people __________________, _________________________

IV. Rank the periods that, If you could time travel, you would visit first, second, or never. Justify your answer.
1. Prehistoric Age
2. 0 BC - Jesus Christ era
3. 1800's
4. A few years ago
5. The 60's
6. 20 years in the future
7. 100 years in the future.
8. 500 years in the future.

9. Choose a time period.

V. Prepare a speech to share with the rest of the class. Follow the model below. Make sure you use the 2nd conditional.


I I could travel across time , first I ______________________________ because ____________. Second, I _____________________ because ____________, and finally I _____________________ because _____________. However, I _____________ (never) because_______________.



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