13 Superstitions From Around The World

rosagitzel July 11, 2019

Using screenshots to predict content - How to teach English using videos EP03

In this episode we will be showing you how screenshots taken from a video can be used to generate interest and get students to predict the content. Checking their ideas against what they later hear and see in the video can also function as a great first listening task. 

We’re using two amazing short videos in the tutorial, both of which we found at Kieran Donaghy's popular Film English site: Fear of Flying and 5 things every presenter needs to know about people . Also download this and this accompanying worksheet we've made. :) 

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Intermediate (B1) Multiple choice options and order the sentence options for students
Created using the vocabulary quiz generator of iSLCollective. Make your own quiz from any Youtube video in a few minutes.
Scene summary:
This video talks about many superstitions from across the world. What is good and bad luck in many countries.
Video length: 10 minutes 12 seconds
Video genre: Documentary film
Lesson type: Vocabulary booster
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2019-07-11, 11:58:18 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Order the sentence

Put the words in order: us of plate away Danish. unless throw the Most would are you

2) What is the superstition called?

  • Fans
  • Fan death
  • Fan deaths

3) Order the sentence

Put the words in order: between Istanbul continents. the city two

4) The god of __________ will steal children's bellybuttons?

  • Thunder
  • Rain
  • Lightning

5) What time was the 2008 Olympics held at?

  • 8:00 PM
  • 8:00 AM
  • 8
  • 8:30 PM


Put the words in order: The number in sounds Chinese. like four death

7) What do you need to cure the evil eye?

  • An egg and a glass of water
  • Magic and water


Put the words in order: will president misfortune. Menem bring ex Mentioning Carlos

9) Then what will have the answer for you?

  • Dormant
  • Door man
  • Vermont
  • Harry Potter


Put the words in order: don't frames. slightly through ghosts to off walk Apparently angle like

11) Youll be seen as a what after mentioning the number

  • A social outcast
  • A bad person
  • Both

12) Where are you supposed to place scissors?

  • Under your pillow
  • In your kitchen
  • On your pillow


Put the words in order: travel really Sharing is bad luck. plans your

14) Stepping on what is good luck?

  • Doggy Doo
  • Cream crackers
  • Banana skins

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