Mar 25, 2014

Now You See Me: To x For

One of my 2013 favorite movies. The lovely story and special effects were so gripping that I was totally involved by the plot and its twists. I strongly recommend it.

Look at some of the ways we can use FOR or TO:

To for destination – We’re going to Paris.
To – What time is it? – minutes before the hour – It’s a quarter to three.
To – Distance – It’s about 1 km from my house to my English School
To – Comparing – I prefer reading to watching TV.
To – Giving – I gave a book to my cousin.
To Motive or Reason (with verb) – I came here to study English with you.

For – Benefits – Yogurt is good for your health.
For – Periods of time – I have lived in Brasilia for 12 years.
For – Scheduling – I made an appointment for Friday.
For – Agree with or in favor of something – Are you for or against the development of nuclear weapons?
For – Doing something to help someone – Could you carry these bags for me?
For – Motive or Reason (with noun) – Let’s go out for a drink?

To and For:
Motive or Reason
I came to Brasilia to be part of the swimming team
I came to Brasilia for the swimming team

I. Watch the movie segment and fill in the blank with FOR or TO. You have to explain why you chose it.

1.Many people in Chicago came _________ see the magic tricks on a beautiful Monday evening.

2. In New Orleans, the hypnotist knew the man hadn't gone on a business trip, but on a trip with his sister-in-law, his lover. The magician made her forget everything. He did it ______ her husband, because he wanted his money.

3. In New York, a magician said he would give US$100,00 ________ anyone who could tell him how his trick was done.

4. He made a magic trick __________ the audience's attention.

5. Many people did not know, but it was a quarter _______ two.

6. In Los Angeles, the magician had to be handcuffed under water ___________ sixty seconds before the piranas were thrown into the tank.

7. Thousands of people went ________ Los Angeles just because of her show.

8. What about you? Are you __________ or against the shows in the segment?

9. The magicians are scheduling a joint presentation ___________ Saturday.

10. Are magic tricks good _________the mind?



Answer key:

1. to (motive or reason + verb)
2. for (doing something to help someone)
3. to (giving)
4. for (motive or reason + noun)
5. to (minutes before the hour)
6. for (periods of time)
7. to (destination)
8. for (Agree with or in favor of something)
9. for (scheduling)
10. for (benefits)

Mar 15, 2014

Warm Bodies: Modal Verbs for Advice

This is an awesome movie. It is funny, but not stupid. I loved the way the story is told - from the point of view of the zombie. I recommend it.

I. Make a list of 10 things you should do to make your life better:

1 _______________________________
2 _______________________________
3 _______________________________
5 _______________________________
6 _______________________________
7 _______________________________
8 _______________________________
9 _______________________________
10 ______________________________

II. Read the statements below and check the ones that are true to you:

(      ) I should get out more.

(      ) I should eat better.

(      ) I should stand up straight.

(      ) I shouldn't be so hard on myself.

III. Watch the movie segment and decide what you and the movie's main character - R - have in common. Which of the statements in II are true to R.

IV. Write three pieces of advice to R, using Should/Ought to...

1 _______________________
2 _______________________
3 _______________________

V. Discuss the questions below:

1. Why are people so fascinated by zombies? Why are there so many movies about them?

2. Are zombies scary or funny? Why?

3. What's your opinion about horror movies. Do you like them? Why (not)?

4. Is this scene scary or funny?



Mar 5, 2014

Click: Regrets with Past Modal SHOULD and WISH

This movie provides us with entertainment and food for thought when it comes to our life choices. Having a remote control to extend my favorite moments of the day sounds like a dream, but we have to deal with its consequences. This scene is really touching.


Work in pairs:

1. Are you an impulsive person or do you mull an idea over for a long time before taking action?

2. How does it affect your life decisions? Have you ever regretted a decision you have taken? Give examples.

3. Think about three things that you regret having done in your life. Share them with your partner.

4. Would you do anything differently if you could go back in time? Explain it.

5. Imagine that you had a remote control that would allow extending your most pleasurable moments and speeding up your boring moments. Which moments would you extend and which ones would you speed up? Think at least about 5 different moments for each situation.

Watch the movie segment and discuss the questions:

- Is the scene about the past, present or future?

- Can he change his past? Why (not)?

- How does he feel about his relationship with his father?

Make a list of 5 things he regrets. Use both should have + past participle and wish.
EX: He wishes he had spent more time with his dad OR He should have spent more time with his dad.