Jun 25, 2014

The Three Musketeers: Superlatives








I. Complete the columns below with the given adjectives. Choose the column that YOU believe the adjective best applies to each character. Watch the segment and decide it.






















COURAGEOUS - AGILE - HANDSOME - INTELLIGENT - SEXY - BEAUTIFUL - ROMANTIC - AGGRESSIVE - STRONG - UGLY -

ATHOS:












MILADY













 ARAMIS













PORTHOS













II. Write one sentence for each of the adjectives above. Compare the character you chose with the other ones.

Ex:  Porthos is the MOST COURAGEOUS of all.

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Jun 15, 2014

Despicable Me 2: Simple Past


Despicable Me 2 is one rare case of a sequel that is as good as or even better than the first one. I love Gru, his contradictory personality, and the little girls, especially Agnes. I used this lovely scene to practice the simple past tense.






I. Before watching the segment, complete the paragraph below with the simple past form of the given verbs.


 GET OUT - RING - MAKE - PLAY - HELP - DO - GIVE - CLIMB - FETCH - TAKE - BRUSH


Gru was anxious about his date on the following day. He was happy, very happy. The alarm clock _________ at 8:30 am. He ____________ of bed and ____________ a shower with his toy ducks. Then he  _________ his teeth, ______________ pancakes for breakfast, and _____________ real ducks cross the street. He happily ______________ the mall escalator. In the park, he  _____________ a Frisbee and  _____________ some tai-chi-chan. He also _____________ the drums with a few tin cans. Then he ___________ a flower to a young man for him to hand to a girl sitting next to him. 

II. Watch the segment and check your answers.





III. Work in pairs:

Think about everything you did today until the moment you entered the classroom. Tell your partner a story about your day this morning/afternoon. Make sure you use the simple past tense.






Answer key:

 RANG / GOT OUT / TOOK / BRUSHED /MADE /HELPED / CLIMBED /FETCHED / DID /  PLAYED / GAVE

Jun 5, 2014

Grown-ups 2: Modals for Advice - Should & Past Modal for Regrets - Should (not) have Done


This movie is full of interesting scenes, but this one is special. I think it is funny and perfect for practicing modals for advice.


I. Work in small groups. Make a list with five things people should and should not do while shopping at a department store.

Ex: People should not shoplift.

1. ___________________________
2. ___________________________
3. ___________________________
4. ___________________________
5. ___________________________


II. Watch the movie segment. What did the character do that he shouldn't. Make a list with  your partner.



III. Role-Play.

Student A: You are the owner of the department store. Talk politely to the customer and tell him what he should or should not do while visiting his or any other department store.

Student B: You are the character in the movie. You are very sorry for the way the manager felt about your behavior, but you don't think you actually did anything wrong. Try to convince the manager that you are right and that nothing wrong happened there.

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