Video quiz of the month: Serial taxi

In June, we are featuring a video quiz created around a short thriller called Serial Taxi, talking about why we like it and how we would use it in class.

This time we offer three different focuses or lessons aims that could work with different class profiles: a prediction task involving productive skills (speaking or writing), a grammar focus on narrative tenses, as well as vocabulary work around expressions containing the word kill.

Hope you get to try one or all of these ideas soon.


Anna Csíky, iSLCollective Teacher Trainer

7 perpendicular lines

blucyful January 11, 2019


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
First students learn some related vocabulary and then do a gap filling exercise.
Scene summary:
A business meeting with an expert, who is supposed to do something impossible just because he is an expert.
Video length: 7 minutes 35 seconds
Video genre: Film scene (animated or live-action with human-actors)
Lesson type: Vocabulary booster
Student types:
Communicative function: how to clarify something in English
Language exam: Cambridge: First (FCE)
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
First published: 2019-01-11, 22:08:03 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)


Fill the gap: Our company has a new strategic ________________________ to increase market ________________________ maximise brand loyalty, and enhance intangible assets.


Fill the gap: Anderson here is our expert in all matters ________________________ to drawing red lines.

3) What is the expert supposed to do?

Answer the question using your own words


Fill the gap: No, I'm afraid we -- Let's not rush into any ________________________ answers, Anderson!


Fill the gap: The ________________________ "red line" ________________________ the colour of the line to be red.


Fill the gap: … say suffering from ________________________ for whom the colour of the lines doesn't really make a difference.


Fill the gap: But I am quite sure that the ________________________ of your project does not consists ________________________ of such people.


Fill the gap: And what exactly did you mean, when you talked about the ________________________ ink?


Fill the gap: Could you describe what you imagine the ________________________ would look like?


Fill the gap: Let's not waste our time with these ________________________


Fill the gap: Seven lines, all strictly ________________________ To what?

12) What is the solution to the problem?

Fill the gap: So what exactly is stopping us from doing this? ________________________ Just ignore it.


Fill the gap: Anderson, I understand; you're a specialist of a narrow field, you don't see the ________________________

14) In what form should he draw one line?

Answer the question using your own words


Fill the gap: It's little, cute, ________________________


Fill the gap: Organise a business trip, we'll ________________________ -- go over to their location, inflate the balloon.

Discussion questions

1. Have you ever been in a similar situation?

Vocabulary list

  • perpendicular: at an angle of 90 degrees to a horizontal line or surface line
  • imply: to communicate without saying directly
  • term: a word used to describe sth
  • enhance: to improve the quality, amount or strength of sth
  • brand loyalty: using products of certain producers and not others

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