Jul 16, 2014

Vacation

Dear Readers,

I will be on vacation during  the next month. Soon I will be back with new activities. See you soon!!!

Jul 15, 2014

Puss in Boots: Imperative Forms




I. Put the words in the correct order (if it is the case) and decide who said those lines in the movie. Then watch the segment and check your answers.

G - Guard

P - Puss

K - Kitty



1 (  ) Quiet, you.

2 ( ) Shut up.

3 ( ) the / door / open __________________________

4 ( ) the / drop / weapon _______________________

5 ( ) Step aside.

6 ( ) Wait, Puss.

7 ( ) Freeze.

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II. Work in groups of 3. Use the seven sentences in Exercise I to recreate the story. Then ROLE-PLAY it. Your story may be similar to the scene in Puss in Boots, or you may create a completely different scene, but you must use all of the seven sentences in Exercise I. You may add other imperative sentences to your dialog.


Answer key:

Exercise I


1 - G

2 - G

3 - P - Open the door.

4 - P - Drop the weapon.

5 - P

6 - K

7 - G

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Jul 5, 2014

Warm Bodies: Both... And... and Neither... Nor

Warm Bodies is a nice film about zombies. The story is well conducted and some of the scenes can be really funny - or even scary. I liked it a lot.


Watch the movie segment and check who performed the following actions. R (the zombie) or Julie (the girlfriend of one of his victims), or both. Write B for both or N for none of them.

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(   ) Likes vinyl records and songs from the 80s.

(   ) Likes Bruce Springsteen songs, especially Dancing in the Dark.

(   ) Had something to eat on the plane.

(   ) Looked at old pictures.

(   ) tried out some sunglasses.

(   ) Danced on the plane.

(   ) Had fun

(   ) sang a song.

(   ) Left the plane.


Check your answers with a partner.


Rewrite the items above, using the conjunctions BOTH... AND...  or NEITHER... NOR.

Ex: Both R and Julie like vinyl records and songs from the 80's.

Discuss with a partner:


1. How different would life be if there were real zombies among us?

2. Why are zombie movies so popular?

3. What do Julie and R have in common?

4. How different are they from each other?

5. Is this scene scary? Why (not)?

6. Why do you think they were alone on the plane?


Answer key:

B
B
N
B
B
B
B
N
N


2.  Both R and Julie like Bruce Springsteen songs, especially Dancing in the Dark.
3.  Neither R nor Julie had something to eat on the plane.
4. Both R and Julie looked at old pictures.
5. Both R and Julie tried out some sunglasses.
6. Both R and Julie danced on the plane.
7. Both R and Julie had fun.
8. Neither R nor Julie sang a song.
9. Neither R nor Julie left the plane.


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.




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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


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.



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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.

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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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May 25, 2014

Planes: Imperative Forms



This movie is not as good as Cars, but Planes has its good moments too. I used this scene to practice imperative forms and to teach some new vocab as well.

I. Watch the movie segment and try to complete the blanks with imperative forms of the given verbs after watching it..



SLALOM - USE -  DIVE - EXTEND - THREAD - ROLL -  LEAN - BEGIN - START - DO - GIVE - LET 



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Useful Vocabulary:
(Cornfield)
  (two plane racing silos)
        
  (dive)
 (slalom the silos)
 (roll inverted)
 (extend)

 (finish line)

The flag marks the start line. Across the cornfield,  three silos are waiting for you. ____________those with a 3-G pass. ____________ inverted and ___________, trading altitude for air speed. __________toward the finish line. _____________the silos. _______________into your turns more. ______________your climb and catch him in the dive. ____________your dive now. ____________ it again, one more time. Come on, push it, Duster. ____________this run all you've got. _________________ your radial-G. ______________ gravity work for you.

II. Watch the segment again and check your answers.

III. Discuss:

1. Do you like watching plane racing competitions? What about car racing?
2. Do you consider it a sport? What skills must you have to be a good pilot racer?
3. Would you like to be one? Why (not)?
4. Are you afraid of flying? Does it make a difference if you are riding a jet plane, a small plane, a helicopter or a hang-glider? Explain it.

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ANSWER KEY:

The flag marks the start line. Across the cornfield,  three silos are waiting for you. Slalom those with a 3G pass. Roll inverted and extend, trading altitude for air speed. Dive toward the finish line. Thread the silos. Lean into your turns more. Begin your climb and catch him in the dive. Start your dive now. Do it again, one more time. Come on, push it Duster. Give this run all you've got. Use your radial_G. Let gravity work for you.

May 15, 2014

Man of Steel: Could x Managed to








IMPORTANT NOTES:


We use could to talk about an ability somebody had in the past. We use managed to to talk about a specific event in the past.
 Examples:

          I could swim when I was six.
Last Saturday evening was tough. I felt good because I managed to swim 6,500 meters.
          He could speak French quite well.

           He managed to speak French to the policeman to explain what had happened.
She could design beautiful outfits. 
They managed to design a dress  which pleased that customer immensely. 

However, with verbs that refer to the five senses, see, hear, smell, feel, taste, and with verbs that refer to thought processes, understand, believe, remember, decide, we normally use could, even when we are talking about specific occasions.

I. Talk to  a partner.

1. Imagine that you are a person with super powers. Make a list of five powers you would like to have, ranking them in order of priority.

2. Show your partner your list and come up with five powers you both would like to have.

3. Think about three things that you could do very well when you were a child/teen.

4. Think about one or two situations in which you managed to do something that you didn't expect you would be able to do successfully, but that you actually did.

II. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions using  "could" or "managed to", according to the situations presented in the segment. The segment is about Superman's childhood and teenage years, as well  his adults years.


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1. Make list with at least three things that Clark Kent could do (general ability)  when he was younger and that his other friends couldn't.

2. Write down three things that Clark Kent managed to do (specific situations) when he was younger.

3. What can Superman do now that he is an adult?


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May 5, 2014

Grown Ups 2: Noun Clauses, Included Questions



I don't usually like sequels, but I think this one is just fine. The first movie had very interesting scenes and so does this one. I hope you enjoy this activity.



REMEMBER:


Noun clauses starting with THAT - I like this jacket. How much is it?
I think (that) it is $25.


Noun clauses starting with a WH-WORD - I like this jacket. How much is it?
I don't know how much it is.

Some noun clauses beginning with the word THAT. Others with a wh-word (who, what, where, why. how, when, which, whose) .



Verbs describing an opinion, feeling, or mental state

Ex:  assume - believe - guess - forget - hope - know - remember - suppose - think - understand - wonder



Verbs that describe what someone said 

Ex: admit - explain - mention - say - tell

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Watch the movie segment and then change the question into a noun clause that starts with a wh-word.

Ex: The family was surprised to see a deer in their house. What should they do to be safe?
I don't know what they should do to be safe.

1. The couple were very scared when they saw the deer in their room.
Why did they feel that way.
I wonder ________________

2. The little girl left the door open in case an animal wanted to get into the house. Why did she do that?
I don't understand ____________________

3. The family needed help. Where could they find some help?
Do you know _____________________?

4. They live in  a place where wild animals can invade their houses. How can they prevent animals from getting into their houses?
Can you suggest ______________?

5. They managed to scare the deer away. What did they do?
Do you remember _______________?


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Answer key:

1. I wonder why they felt that way.
2. I don't understand why she did that.
3. Do you know where they could find some help?
4. Can you suggest how they can prevent animals from ...?
5. Do you remember what they did?

Apr 25, 2014

The Great Gatsby: Simple Past



This used to be one of my favorite books. The book's first adaptation for the big screen was amazing, with outstanding actors. I confess I was not expecting much of this new version, but I really liked it. DiCaprio is an excellent actor and the story is very close to the original one. It is a must-see.


I. Read the story below. Complete the blanks with the simple past of the verbs in parentheses. Then watch the movie segment and check your answers.





It ______________ (be) the day I got my new English golf shoes. Daisy _____________ (be) by far the most popular girl with the officers from Camp David.One of them ___________ (be) in the car with her. It ______________ (be) Gatsby. The way he ___________ (look) at her is the way all girls want to be looked at. Gatsby was sent off to war. When the war ____________ (end), Daisy _____________ (wait). But for some unknown reason, Gatsby couldn't return. A year later, Tom Buchanan of Chicago ____________ (sweep) in and _________________ (steal) her away. He ___________ (give) her a string of pearls worth $350,000. But the morning of the wedding.- Daisy ____________ (receive) a letter.  But it was too late. That day at 5:00, Daisy Fay _____________ (marry) Tom Buchanan with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville had ever seen. After the honeymoon, I ______________ (see) them in Santa Barbara.Well, it was touching, really. I'd never seen a girl so in love with her husband. A week later, Tom _____________________ (crash) his car. The girl with him _____________ (be) a chambermaid at the Santa Barbara Hotel. It __________________ (get) into all the papers.





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II. Discuss in pairs.
 
1. Retell the story using your own words.
 
2. Why didn't her love for Gatsby work out?
 
3. Why didn't her marriage with Tom work out?
 
4. Was Tom's love for Daisy true? Why (not)?
 
5. Would you go to Gatsby house to have tea if you were Daisy? Why (not)?
 
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 Answer key:
 
It was the day I got my new English golf shoes. Daisy was by far the most popular girl with the officers from Camp David.One of them was in the car with her. It was Gatsby. The way he looked at her is the way all girls want to be looked at. Gatsby was sent off to war. When the war ended. Daisy waited. But for some unknown reason, Gatsby couldn't return. A year later, Tom Buchanan of Chicago swept in and stole her away. He gave her a string of pearls worth $350,000.But the morning of the wedding.- Daisy received a letter.Tell them. Daisy's changed her mind! But the morning of the wedding.- Daisy received a letter. Daisy's changed her mind! But it was too late. That day at 5:00, Daisy Fay married Tom Buchanan with with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville had ever seen. After the honeymoon,I saw them in Santa Barbara.Well, it was touching, really. I'd never seen a girl so in love with her husband.A week later, Tom crashed his car. The girl with him was a chambermaid at the Santa Barbara Hotel. It got into all the papers.