Jun 25, 2015

Friends: Introductions - Verb to Be - Functional Language

This is a fun, creative activity provided by a reader, Pedro Urbano, Thanks, Pedro, for sharing your great activity with us. I hope you share even more! I do not usually share activities based on TV sitcoms  or series, but Pedro helped me with that task. Thanks, Pedro, once again..

I've been teaching English for nine years working with teens, adults, and seniors. Creating songs activities and especially movie worksheets are my features. Today, I'm part of ICBEU teacher team - Manaus (a dream of 13 years that came true), working with teens and adults. 

What are they saying? Create a dialog according to the pictures (the pictures are in the worksheet). 

Use the questions below. One is extra.

Where are you from? How old are you? Are you Chinese?

1st Watch

Read the questions and check the correct answer.

A. Where is Rachel?

( ) at home ( ) at the airport ( ) at the gym

B. Where are Ross and Julie coming from?

( ) from Los Angeles ( ) from Mexico ( ) from China

C. Where is Julie from?

( ) NY ( ) Los Angeles ( ) Texas

2. Watch the video segment. Check T (true) or F (false).

A. Rachel has a cat in her hand ( )
B. Ross introduces Rachel to Julie ( )
C. Julie is from China ( )

2nd Watch.

Watch the segment again and complete the dialogue with the expressions below.

I’m from New York / Welcome to our country / There you are /This is Julie   

Ross: Rachel...
Rachel: Oh..._________________! So...so... How was China, YOU?
Ross: It was great. Oh...what happened?
Rachel: What?
Ross: You’re bleeding
Rachel: Oh.. I am? Oh look at that. Yes, I am. Enough about me. Mr. “Back from the Orient” Come on, I wanna everything...everything!
Ross: Well, where do I start? _______________________. Julie, this is Rachel.
Rachel: Hi.....Oh these are...are....aren’t for you. These are for you: ______________________________!
Julie: Thank you. ___________________________ .



Jun 15, 2015

Just Go with It: Whose - Adjective Clauses

I truly like this scene. Nicole Kidman has a funny part and Jennifer Aniston does a great job in this attractive scene. My students loved it.

Adjective Clauses are adjectives. However, they look like sentences because they have verbs and nouns. Notice:

I know the policeman. His dog bit a man.
I know the policeman whose dog bit a man.
I bought an antique vase. Its value is priceless.
I bought an antique vase whose value is priceless.

Whose is the possessive and is used for both people and things and must be followed by a noun.
Whose + noun can be subject or object
I heard the scientist whose work is attracting interest.
I met the scientist whose work I admire.

I. Watch the movie segment. Match the sentences to write adjective clauses with whose. Follow the examples in the grammar hint.

Hula Girl Contestants

Devlin Adams (Nicole Kidman)

Katherine Murphy (Jennifer Aniston)

1) There is a band. Their players are Hawaiian.

2) Devlin has sexy body. Her flower is orange.

3) The shortest contestant is Katherine. Her skirt is yellow.

4) The audience was thrilled. Their two choices for finalists were excellent. 

5) The winner is the new Hula Girl. Her prize is just the applause of the audience.

6) Devlin and her boyfriend lost the competition. Their ball fell first.

II. Talk to a friend:

1. Was the final decision fair? Who was the best candidate in your opinion? Why?

2. Who was the sexiest?

3. Who was the funniest?

4. What's your opinion about this sort of contest? Have you ever participated in one?



Answer key:

1) There is a band whose players are Hawaiian.
2) Devlin, whose flower is orange, has a sexy body.
3) The shortest contestant is Katherine, whose skirt is yellow.
4) The audience, whose choices for finalists were excellent, was thrilled.
5) The winner is the new Hula Girl, whose price is just the applause of the audience.
6) Devlin and her boyfriend, whose ball fell first, lost the competition.

Jun 5, 2015

Rear Window: Verbs of Perception + Gerund or Bare Infinitive

I like showing classics to my younger students so they learn a little more about movies. Hitchcock's Rear Window is a must to all movie lovers.

Some verbs of perception see, look at, hear, listen to, and feel, along with watch and sense can be used with objects followed by other verbs (base form or gerunds, but not infinitives).


We heard you leave. (Okay. Emphasis on our hearing.)
We heard you leaving. (Okay. Emphasis on your leaving.)
We heard you to leave. (Incorrect!)

Other examples:

I saw her go. (okay. Focus on my seeing.)
Look at that man run! (okay. Focus on their looking.)
Sylvester listened to the canary sing. (okay, focus on his listening.)
We watched them play basketball. (okay, focus on our watching.)
We watched them playing basketball. (okay, focus on their playing.)
Trudy can feel the wind blowing against her skin. (okay, focus on the wind's blowing.)
Mr. Todd sensed the lion approaching. (okay, focus on the lion's approaching.)

 I. Watch the movie segment and complete sentences with one verb of the given verbs of perception and the objects followed by other verbs in parentheses. Use as many verbs as possible. Then decide where the action main focus is.

                                                                 Lisa and Jeff

1. He _______________a woman in green _______________ the table for a special dinner. (see)

2. He ____________ Miss Lonelyhearts _______________________ her imaginary guest, but he couldn't understand what she was actually saying. (welcome)

3. He __________Miss Lonelyhearts ____________some wine for herself and her imaginary lover. (pour)

4. They ___________ Ms, Torso, the ballet dancer, ______________with three gentlemen in her apartment building.(entertain)

5. A beautiful lady __________ her husband ___________ a call and left the bed to see what was  happening. (make)

6. The woman's husband _____________ (neg) her _______________ into the living room and was surprised by her presence there (come).

7. The couple ___________ a songwriter  __________ beautiful music in the studio apartment. (play)

Key - possible answers:

1. Jeff saw a woman in green setting the table for a special dinner.

2. Jeff heard  Miss Lonelyhearts welcome her imaginary guest.

3. Jeff watched Miss Lonelyhearts pour some wine for herself and her imaginary lover.

4. Jeff and Lisa saw Ms, Torso, the ballet dancer, entertaining with three gentlemen in her apartment building.

5. A beautiful lady heard her husband making a call and left the bed to see what was happening.

6. The woman's husband didn't sense her come into the  living room and was surprised by her presence.

7. Jeff and Lisa  heard a songwriter  playing beautiful music in the studio apartment.