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The Lego Story (Deep Listening Comprehension)

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I created 12 multiple choice questions that test your students' understanding of some of the events retold here. I put in a lot of effort into always offering 2 other plausible options next to the correct one to prompt students to pay attention to every detail in the story. The narration is slow-paced and well-articulated, with only a few advanced words, so I would classify the level as best fit for Pre-intermediate (A2) and Intermediate students (B1). There are a few events that unfold at Christmas time, so with only few classes left before Christmas, I think it is a perfect time to do this video lesson this week.
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Scene summary
This 15-minute animated film, created for the occasion of the 80th birthday of the Lego company, recounts the history of the company from its humble beginnings.
Video length
15 minutes 46 seconds
Language goals
Listening comprehension
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1), Pre-intermediate (A2)
Student type
This resource is intended for:High schoolers, Elementary schoolers
High schoolers
Elementary schoolers
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Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Choose the correct options.
Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter ...
who was fired from his company
who ran his own company
had difficulty firing his last worker
2. Choose the correct options.
Things got even worse:
Ole had to raise his sons alone
Ole's wife died of a heartattack
Ole had 4 lazy sons
3. Choose the correct options.
The visitor made a living from ...
selling holes to foolish people
buying and selling things in large quantities to other merchants
checking the quality of toys
4. Choose the correct options.
The wholesaler ..., which was a disaster.
lost all his money and had to shut down his business
decided not to buy the toy he had ordered from Ole
didn't pay a good price for the toys, so Ole's family had a poor Christmas
5. Choose the correct options.
Ole managed to ...
trade all of his toys for groceries (=basic food)
sell some of his toys for money and the rest for groceries
sell all of his toys and bought a lot of food for Christmas
6. Choose the correct options.
The name LEGO ...
comes from a Danish phrase that means "playing well"
comes from a Latin phrase that means "I put together"
was suggested to him by a truckdriver
7. Choose the correct options.
Ole's son ..., so he only painted the ducks twice, instead of three times.
wanted to shirk (=avoid doing) his duties
ran out of lacqueur (=transparent paint)
wanted to save money
8. Choose the correct options.
In Copenhagen Ole saw ...
a moulding machine that could produce plastic blocks
a new machine that could cut out wooden blocks
a moulding machine and decided to stop producing wooden toys
9. Choose the correct options.
Ole was the only one who ...
wanted to produce plastic teddy bears
thought that producing plastic bricks could become a thriving (=good) business
liked building Lego houses from the bricks in the beginning
10. Choose the correct options.
There was one problem with the Lego system:
it took a long time to build them, because they weren't sticky enough
the glue they sold to stick them together wasn't very good
the parts didn't stick, so the Lego contructions easily fell apart
11. Choose the correct options.
Ole's son ...
was forced to shut down the wooden toy business because of the fire
decided to stop producing wooden toys after the fire
didn't resume the wooden toy business until after the Lego sales grew large enough
12. Choose the correct options.
Godtfred ... ...
had always wanted to create an amusement park built from Lego bricks
originally wanted to have an exhibition room for his Lego models
came up with the idea of Legoland when the modelling room became too crowded
Kisdobos is from/lives in Hungary and has been a member of iSLCollective since 2009-09-28. Kisdobos last logged in on 2022-12-06, and has shared 455 resources on iSLCollective so far.
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