Jun 29, 2013

In Time: Time Clauses with When, Before, After

This movie is a must. I love the idea it wants to transmit. Don't miss it!

A. Watch the movie segment and combine both sentences with before, after or when.

1. _______________ people are 25 years old, they stop aging.

2. _______________ they turn 25, they only have time to live one more year.

3. _______________ his mother's 50th anniversary, he bought a bottle of champagne.

4. _______________ he hugged his mother, he wished her happy birthday.

5. His mother gave him 30 minutes to eat a decent meal _______________ they held each other's arms

6. They will celebrate __________ he gets back.

7. The price of the coffee rose ______________ he decided to buy it.

8. People are paid ______________ they leave the workplace.

9. He was given a lot of time by a rich man ___________________ he woke up.

10. He woke up _________________ he became a millionaire, according the currency used - time.

1. What do you think about not aging when you turn 25. What are the advantages and disadvantages in the situation shown in the segment?

2. What would you do if you had very little time left for you? What would you do if had too much time left for you?

3. How different would life be if time were our currency?

4. What do you prefer? Life the way it is nowadays, including aging the way we do, or the way it is in the movie - not aging, but having limited time to survive? Explain it.



Answer Key:

1. When
2. After/When
3. Before
4. When
5. When
6. When/After
7. Before
8. After/When
9. Before
10. After

Jun 22, 2013

Hugo: Past Continuous x Simple Past

I simply loved this movie. It is made for movie lovers. I used this scene because it clearly shows the difference of the past continuous and simple past tenses. Besides, it is also kinesthetic.

I. Watch the movie segment and write down all the activities that people were doing at the the train station at 7:00 am. Then share your sentences with two partners and come up with as many sentences as possible.

Ex: Some people were carrying traveling  suitcases.

II. Work with the same partners. Watch the segment again and write down what Hugo did while those people were doing the thing that you mentioned in exercise I.

Ex: He ran through very narrow corridors.

III. Role-Play those activities to the students in the other groups. Check out if they can identify the actions and come up with correct sentences either in the past continuous or the simple past tenses.



Jun 15, 2013

What's Your Number?: Adverbs of Frequency

This comedy is worth watching. This scene is really funny. My students loved it.

I. Work with a partner. Check the items that you do before going on a date, willing to impress positively.

1. Do your hair.
2. Wear a suit.
3. Wear a daring dress.
4. Spray your hair.
5. Wear your best watch.
6. Arrive  at the meeting point before your date.
7. Wear your favorite perfume/cologne.
8. Leave your cell phone in silent mode.
9. Share the restaurant (expenses) check.
10. Avoid drinking alcoholic drinks.

II. Watch the movie segment and check the items the main characters did on that date.

III. Interview each other. Student 2 must use adverbs of frequency in their answers.



S1: Do you do your hair before going on a date?

Yes, I always do my hair.



Answer key:

I. character's items - 1 to 6.

Jun 8, 2013

Brave: Simple Present

In my opinion, this is one of the best animated movies ever. I love the princess, her hair, her bad humor, and how different a princess she is. 

I. Work in pairs and make a list of everything a princess does or doesn't do in order to be an example to society. Use your imagination.

Ex: She wears elegant clothes.
      She doesn't smoke in public.

1. ______________________________

2. ______________________________

3. ______________________________

4. ______________________________

5. ______________________________

II. Complete the sentences with the verbs below. Use affirmative and negative statements, according to the Queen's point of view.


* To laugh at somebody's bad luck 
** To try very hard to do something against difficulties
*** Wake up

1. She ____________  to the people with a clear voice.

2. She ______________ musical instruments.

3. She _____________ at someone's misfortune.

4. She ______________ early.

5. She _______________ compassionate, patient, cautious, and clean.

6. She _______________ for perfection.

III. Watch the segment and check your answers.

IV. Discuss the questions:

1. Is she a conventional princess? Why (not)?

2. Read your list from exercise I. Does she do any of the things you wrote down?

3. Are the Queen's ideas right or are they stupid traditions? Why?

4. Are princesses nowadays similar to the one in the segment? Why (not)?

Answer key

She speaks to the people with a clear voice.

She plays musical instruments

She does not chortle

She rises early

She is compassionate, patient, cautious, clean

She strives for perfection.

Jun 1, 2013

Gulliver's Travels: Verbs and Adjectives of Urgency, Subjunctive

This version of one of my favorite stories is great. I used this funny scene to talk about verbs/adjectives of urgency.

A. The subjunctive form of a verb is used following verbs or adjectives of urgency, obligation or advisability. Write the words below under the correct column.

Demand - Critical - Insist - Crucial - Propose - Desirable - Request - Essential - Recommend - Important - Suggest - Necessary - Imperative


Ex: Demand / Critical


Verbs and adjectives that don't express urgency, obligation or advisability don't need the subjunctive

B. Now watch the movie segment and choose the correct alternative for the items below. Make sure you decide whether you will use affirmative or negative form according to the information presented in the movie segment.


1.  It is crucial that he ____________ (leave) the doll house as soon as possible.

2.    He insisted that he  ________________ (be) treated the way the girl was treating him.

3. He requested that the girl ____________ (hurt) him.

4. It is clear that the girls _____________ (think) he is a toy.

5. It is obvious that he ___________ (be) happy with that situation.

6. It is recommendable that he ____________ (be) careful with her.

7. It is imperative that he ___________ (stay) in the doll house.

8. The girl believes he ____________ (have) to do what she wants.



1 leave
2 not be 
3 not hurt
4 thinks
5 is not
6 be
7 stay
8 has