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

Angry Birds Blues - Whistle, Present Simple

EtroLab May 28, 2019


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
This video lesson has 14 multiple choice questions to practice using the simple present tense.
Scene summary:
The Blues have to do whatever it takes to extract a whistle from Zoe before she drives them crazy.
Video length: 2 minutes 18 seconds
Video genre: Short film (animated or with human actors)
Lesson type: Grammar practice
Student types:
Communicative function: how to tell a story in English
Language exam: Cambridge: Key (KET)
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2019-05-28, 11:23:00 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) The Blues __________ on the grass.

  • walk
  • walks
  • walkes

2) The baby _________ to whistle.

  • try
  • trys
  • tries

3) Jim ___________ how to whistle.

  • show
  • shows
  • doesn't show

4) The Blues __________ Zoe a whistle.

  • give
  • gives
  • don't give

5) What ________ Zoe swallow?

  • do
  • dos
  • does

6) Zoe _____________ .

  • whistles
  • whistle
  • doesn't whistle

7) They _____________ Zoe.

  • shakes
  • shake
  • don't shake

8) Zoe___________ a bungee jump.

  • doesn't do
  • do
  • does

9) Zoe __________ them crazy.

  • drive
  • drives
  • doesn't drive

10) The Blues ____________ to use a plunger.

  • decides
  • decide
  • don't decide

11) Zoe ______________ .

  • cries
  • don't cry
  • doesn't cry

12) The Blues ____________ .

  • chuckle
  • chuckles
  • don't chuckle

13) She ______________ .

  • don't fly
  • doesn't flies
  • doesn't fly

14) Jim _________ the whistle away.

  • throws
  • throw
  • doesn't throw

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