Feb 20, 2009

Kangaroo Jack: Wish / If Only

This is a funny scene that takes place in Australia. My students had a great time watching it and doing the grammar exercises.

A. Talk to a partner about the following questions:

1 - What would you do if you ran over an animal in the middle of the road? Justify your answer.
2 - What do you know about Australia? Share what you know with your partner.
3 - Are you an adventurous person? Tell your partner about one great adventure of yours.
4 - Have you ever been to a safari? Would you like to go on one? Why (not)?

B. Watch the movie segment and fill in the blanks with the simple past tense of the verbs in parentheses. Use either either affirmative or negative forms, according to the segment.

Charlie, the kangaroo and Louis

1. Charlie _________________ (drive) too fast on such a dangerous road.

2. They __________________ (pay) attention to the wild animals on the road.

3. Charlie _________________(run over) a kangaroo.

4. Louis ________________ (put) on his jacket on the kangaroo.

5. Louis __________________ (check) what was in the pockets.

6. They _________________ (kill) the kangaroo.

7. They _________________ (crash) their car into a rock.

8. Charlie _________________ (be) kicked by the kangaroo.

9. The kangaroo __________________(hop) away with their money.

C. Rewrite the sentences above using wish and if only to express regrets.

Ex: 1. Charlie wishes he hadn't driven too fast on such a dangerous road.
2. If only they had paid attention to the animals on the road.

How to prepare your own video activity.
- Select a scene in which the characters regret their actions.
- Prepare an exercise in which the students have to decide whether they use affirmative or negative sentences about their wrong choices.
- Ask students to rewrite the sentences using the grammar goal.



Unknown said...

Thank you very much, I loved this activity!
What a pity the subtitles are wrong and confusing and unfortunately I haven't found any similar snippets on internet.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for the feedback, Talita. The subtitles are fine now - check them out - and the direct download link has been added. See you.