Apr 19, 2013

Oblivion: Present Continuous


This activity was provided by Philip Rice and it was published on his awesome blog THE ESL COMMANDO. Thanks, Phil, for such a great activity.




Phil Rice is an instructor at the English Language Institute in Delaware, USA. He has taught English for the past 5 years and in the ESL field for the past 3 years. He enjoys using technology, games, and creativity to help teach students English. His blog can be found at www.eslcommando.com










Oblivion looks like a great movie with Tom Cruise. This activity uses the movie,pictures, vocab cards and a worksheet to help students to practice the present progressive tense in a fun, interactive way that is more like a game than just an exercise.

How to use the worksheet:
Download the Worksheet Here  (Please note, it will look funny on the downloader, but in Word it's fine).

  1. Cut and Distribute Pictures to students
  2.  Play the trailer and have students sequence the scene in order (They may need two times). You may want to run this part as a game. First team in order wins. 
  3. Distribute vocab cards and have students place vocab with the correct pictures.  You can run this as a competition as well. First team with correct 
  4. Play trailer again and have students recite correct vocab out loud by stopping the trailer for each picture scene.
  5. Students complete worksheet with fill in the blanks.
  6. Teacher reviews answers.
WORKSHEET 

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - OBLIVION - MOVIE TRAILLER



Movie Trailer English Listening: Present Progressive
Touch his head
Lay on the ground
Play basketball
Fly over Jack’s  head
Talk to Jack
Ride a motorcycle
Sit at a desk
Fall through a hole
Scream at Jack
Light a match
Shoot a gun
Bang on the door
Fly and shoot
Ask the girl
Light shine
Spin around

Pretend you are a reporter, and you are telling the TV listeners exactly what is happening right now on the show in the order it is happening. Use the PRESENT PROGRESSIVE tense.
1.       Jack _______________________________, he  _______________________________, and he  ________________________. 
2.       Right now, an object/plane  _______________________________________,  the woman____________________________________.  Jack _____________________________. 
3.       Now, the red- haired woman ____________________________________, but Jack ________________________________________and he _________________________________________. 
4.       At this moment, the man with the glasses __________________________, but the red-haired woman ________________________________________.   Jack _________________________________________. 
5.       Now, the light ___________________________________ in the room,  Jack  _______________________ a question ,and the planes ____________________________________.  Now, Jack’s plane ____________________________________.



Touch his head
Lay on the ground
Play basketball
Fly over Jack’s  head
Talk to Jack
Ride a motorcycle
Sit at a desk
Fall through a hole
Scream at Jack
Light a match
Shoot a gun
Bang on the door
Fly and shoot
Ask the girl
Shine bright
Spin around
*Teacher:  Cut and distribute cards after students order the pictures, having them match the vocab cards with the correct pictures.  This works on sight recognition of vocabulary. Circulate and assist with unfamiliar vocab



Cut and distribute the pictures, then play the trailer at www.eslcommando.com
video
Students put them in order.  Then hand out the first sheet.  Have students put the present progressive in the blanks.
* All the pictures are available in the worksheet


KEY:
1.       Is playing basketball, is laying on the ground, is touching his head.
2.       Is flying over Jack’s head/ is riding a motorcycle /is sitting at a desk/
3.       Is talking to Jack/is falling through a hole /is shooting a gun
4.       Is lighting a match/is screaming at Jack/is banging on the door.
5.       The light is shining/is asking the girl/are flying and shooting/is spinning around.

10 comments:

Teacher Bruno said...

Hi

Pretty interesting this post. Would be possible to upload the video file and the video segment so I can download them??

Great class

Claudio Azevedo said...

The vídeo link is at the end of the post. It os based on the movie trailler.

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Claudio Azevedo said...

Glad you like it.Phil really nailed it.

Laura Plotnek said...

Hi Claudio. I only discovered your blog a few weeks ago and love it! Finally got round to using this Oblivion lesson with a mixed elementary / beginners group today. They loved it. The only thing i would say is that there were a lot of pictures for them to work with in the first stage. I cut these down to 8 and the activity worked perfectly. Thank you so much . I'll be sure to dip in and out of your site a lot in the future. Oh, and i've given you a plug on Twitter! Thanks so much!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Laura. This post was provided by a reader, Phil Rice, and the worksheet was also developed by him. I do not change my readers' activities, but we should always adapt them to our own realities. I'm glad it worked out for you. Phil is very imaginative and I love his activities. Come back often.

Lina Marcela Hoyos C said...

Hey! This is a great activity to practice present continuos. I'm having troubles with worksheet with the pictures and the vocabulary. I want to use this plan in my class with EFL students. Can you please reupload it? Thanks a lot

Claudio Azevedo said...

What exactly is the problem? I have just downloaded the worksheet and it is just fine!

Cintya Maria Pedroso Ferrari said...

Hello Claudio!

I've just found out your blog and I have to say it's awesome!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! And thanks for sharing such nice activities + ideas. They will help me a lot and save my time as well.

Best Regards!!!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Cintya. Come back often. See you.