Dec 11, 2011

The Tooth Fairy: In Case x In Case of

This is a good wholesome movie. I had a fun time watching it. I used this great scene to have students practice contrasting the use of In Case and In Case Of.

The legend of the Tooth Fairy is about a fairy that gives a child money or gifts in exchange for a baby tooth that has fallen out. Children typically place the tooth under their pillow at night. The fairy is said to take the tooth from under the pillow and replace it with money once they have fallen asleep.

A. Read the inventions made for the Tooth Fairy. Look at the invention's name and make a guess about when or why use it. Make sure you complete the sentence with in case and in case of.


Magic Generator Wand:

You may use it in case you need to make someone disappear.

You may use it in case of an emergency.

1. Invisibility Spray

You may use it in case __________________

You may use it in case of ________________

2. Shrinking Paste

You may use it in case _____________

You may use it in case of ___________

3. Dog Bark Mints

You may use it in case ______________

You may use it in case of ______________

4. Amnesia Dust

You may use it in case ________________

You may use it in case of _______________

B. Now watch the movie segment and complete the sentences, using the information in the segment.

1. I would use the invisible spray in case ____________

2.You may use the shrinking paste in case _____________

3. You may use the dog barks mint in case of _______________

4. You may use amnesia dust in case _______________



Possible answers


1. you don't want anybody to see you.

2. you want to shrink 6 inches

3. attacks of cats, mailmen, dogs that come after you.

4. you want the kid to forget everything for the last few seconds

Dec 4, 2011

Dinner for Schmucks: Present Continuous

The opening scene of this movie is memorable and perfect for beginners to practice the present continuous tense. The instructions of the game are simple, but you had better model it, instead of giving the instructions in written form.


I. Divide the class into groups of 3 students. Watch the movie segment and take notes of all the leisure activities the mice are doing in that afternoon.

II. Get together with your group and write down as many sentences as you can, saying what the mice are doing. You have 10 minutes to do it.

III. Read all your sentences to the class. Every sentence with both correct grammar and information, according to the segment, scores 1 point. The winner is the group that scores most points.

IV. You may watch the segment again to check whether the leisure activities are correct.


I. Cut the sentences into slips and place them in a box.

II. students take turns to pick up a sentence and mime it to their own group. The group has 15 seconds to guess the correct sentence and score a point.

V. Talk to a partner:

1. Which activities you saw in the segment do you like to do in your leisure time?

2. Which ones don't you like to do?



Dec 1, 2011

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