Black Hole (Prediction Game - "Be Going To" Practice)

Kisdobos June 25, 2017

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
The video lesson is built around a prediction game with 5 questions: students have to guess what is going to happen next at five points in the story.

If you're doing this with a projector from your own computer, there are two ways you can work with this video lesson:

1. Interactive play mode: elicit answers from the students, and type in one of them. Click "Continue" and watch what really happens next in the scene. After you've seen the solution, the solution in written form will also pop up.

2. Non-interactive mode: it's the same, except that you don't have to type in any answers.

In my opinion, prediction games work on any level.

I highly recommend it for practising the "be + going to" type future tense. It could be a quick lead-in activity to do grammar practice.

This quiz can be used to complement Kieran Donaghy's lesson on FilmEnglish: http://film-english.com/2011/06/03/lesson-plan-on-money-and-greed/.
Scene summary:
The winner of the Filminute film festival in 2009, this is a 1-minute movie with a surprise ending. It features a visibly jaded office worker who is apparently still toiling after everyone's left the office (sorry, can't tell you more, because it would ruin the film).
Video length: 1 minute 2 seconds
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2017-06-25, 10:49:23 (GMT+1)
About the author
I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Guess what he is going to do next.

Answer the question using your own words

2) Guess what he is going to do next.

Answer the question using your own words

3) Guess what he's going to do next.

Answer the question using your own words

4) Guess what he is going to do next.

Answer the question using your own words

5) Guess what is going to happen next.

Answer the question using your own words

Lesson plan

Pre-tasks

1. If you pre-teach some of the words that you think students would need to describe what is going to happen next, be cautious about which ones you pre-teach, because some could be spoilers (e.g. "get stuck") and may hint at the ending of the film to the students. Instead of pre-teaching, it's probably best to help the students with the vocab when they are answering the prediction questions.

2. While this short film is relatively unknown, some students may have seen it. I suggest you also ask students to not spoil the ending for the others or help the others take guesses. Instead, they should just remain outsiders during the game.

Follow-up tasks

1. Discussion: Discuss the questions below. Use to opportunity to have students use speculative language, e.g. he might/may/could/must have + past participle.

2. Writing task: Students write a news account about the main character being discovered. Students can practise using speculative language in the newsflash, e.g. he could/may/might/must have + past participle.

3. Writing task/role play: Our protagonist explains to the police what really happened.

Discussion questions

1. Where is the scene taking place?

2. Why is he the only one there?

3. Why do you think he did what he did a few minutes after discovering his new ability?

4. How old is the main character? What is his job?

5. Why does the main character look jaded (exhausted, unhappy) in the beginning of the film?

6. Do you think he made it out alive?

7. What would you do with the power that the protagonist acquired?

8. What benefits could you bring to other people with this kind of power?

Vocabulary list

  • photocopier n.: a machine that makes paper copies of documents and other visual images
  • reach into v.: put your hands into something
  • safe n.: a strong metal box with a special lock, used for storing valuable things
  • jaded adj.: exhausted and unhappy
  • puzzled adj.: confused
  • greedy adj.: wanting more food, money, etc. than you need

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

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aureusss
2017-06-26 09:01:28
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nevtondeliz
2017-06-26 18:25:31
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zartatka
2017-07-10 14:59:11
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2017-07-12 10:32:43
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EclecticED
2017-07-15 21:27:48
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TeacherDianaRenke
2017-07-26 09:28:19
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2017-08-01 04:25:10
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2017-08-01 12:13:43
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2017-08-20 07:16:26
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2017-08-28 10:08:42
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2017-09-01 04:45:56
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2017-09-17 02:59:26
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2017-09-24 04:03:54
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2017-10-15 16:32:57
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2017-11-05 08:35:11
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2017-11-10 17:03:08
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2017-11-10 17:03:10
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2017-11-10 17:03:11
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NM30SV
2017-11-17 20:58:11
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jamarabee
2017-11-19 16:40:16
thank you!!!!!! Mary
Salud42
2018-01-07 18:45:49
Great video sample to teach future forms. Really imaginative!
Jinni497
2018-01-08 23:13:05
Thank you for sharing this. It's awesome !
Jinni497
2018-01-08 23:13:06
Thank you for sharing this. It's awesome !
Djennut
2018-01-20 18:18:52
fun way to illustrate grammar topic!
kleriba
2018-02-22 16:16:29
Very interesting and clever
kleriba
2018-02-23 14:56:12
Very interesting. Thank you
poeticwhit
2018-03-06 22:45:37
Wow this was very interesting! I only got one questions right. Great video!
4743
2018-04-01 18:32:41
اHow can I download the video with the questions
jtomas5
2018-04-09 16:15:34
thanks
samchin10
2018-04-17 05:55:51
great video
guberniewa
2018-06-03 07:20:25
Thank you so much! It's very interesting!
lawrent798
2018-09-26 11:16:24
sometimes hard to predict because anything could happen really.
inglesmiguelfernandez
2018-10-07 08:22:21
Great short film and great lesson!!! thanks
25mary80
2018-10-08 09:51:24
Thank you very much!
25mary80
2018-10-08 09:51:27
Thank you very much!
Bart76
2018-10-09 13:43:15
That's a great short video! Excellent idea for GOING TO practice!
Bart76
2018-10-09 13:43:18
That's a great short video! Excellent idea for GOING TO practice!
jasbirbir
2018-10-12 04:47:20
it is really good
oliphia
2018-11-14 02:08:49
I love this. Thanks a lot
oliphia
2018-11-14 02:12:18
Can I use this in my class? My students would love it.
voitenko
2018-11-30 07:42:10
thanks
abalone
2018-12-11 08:23:49
This is great for a warm up!
pimzee
2019-01-01 16:55:18
Thanks, it's useful
4743
2019-01-14 06:34:07
thanks
ayrakirosaku
2019-01-29 07:43:00
Thank you so much!
KJH2
2019-01-30 17:52:15
Love it!
hodaddy
2019-03-01 03:29:06
Great learning tool! Thanks for sharing!
KJH2
2019-03-06 20:22:31
Great video & activity!!
GulnarM
2019-03-24 17:18:59
excellent
bettyedner
2019-03-25 04:44:40
Fascinating
KatyTan
2019-04-04 14:35:19
Great activity! Thank you so much!
fuongnguyen
2019-04-05 00:30:32
Thanks
Mecolakik
2019-04-20 13:26:52
Thanks
Pepita08
2019-04-29 14:05:56
I was going to play it with my elementary group but I think this is far too difficult for them, at least as far as vocabulary is concerned. But, anyway, it's funny.
shieldsp66
2019-05-01 18:20:12
I haven't used this yet, but it looks fabulous!
Nataly8765
2019-07-13 14:32:49
Thank you a lot!!!
IriSha25
2019-08-27 12:25:11
fun and great task!
tatazettskn
2019-09-18 15:38:36
thanks
tatazettskn
2019-09-18 15:38:39
thanks
FerSantos
2019-09-26 16:55:04
Fantastic! thks.
FerSantos
2019-09-26 16:55:06
Fantastic! thks.
FerSantos
2019-09-26 16:55:08
Fantastic! thks.
FerSantos
2019-09-26 16:55:09
Fantastic! thks.
FerSantos
2019-09-26 16:55:10
Fantastic! thks.
hajustin
2019-11-09 13:40:39
So fun!
Ale_cost90
2019-11-20 13:57:56
This is awesome! Thank you!
Benony
2020-01-07 14:47:32
great game, thanks!
judy314
2020-01-15 02:55:14
Thanks a lot !
KayWheeler
2020-02-07 09:07:18
Really good for practising future prediction and office vocabulary - and entertaining! Thanks!
teebee
2020-02-26 07:51:10
What a fantastic lesson. My students loved it.
marianamarins
2020-03-23 23:24:08
Perfect!
gokcepuren
2020-03-29 10:03:12
thank you mate !
esthelamoncada
2020-04-01 01:49:06
Great exercise
ika098
2020-04-02 06:03:28
Thanks a lot, made me smile
MonikaR
2020-04-03 05:05:35
Thanks a lot!
Cat.in.the.hat
2020-04-03 13:33:40
This is really cool! thanks! <3
kirsten16
2020-04-05 17:21:39
This is such a nice video! Thank you
liligruwe
2020-04-06 12:09:26
excellent!
mbenson
2020-04-15 12:29:33
thank you for this video - it makes a grammar argument interesting.
sandraliac
2020-04-17 15:48:41
Inspiring!
Allizza
2020-04-21 17:52:50
Thank you so much for this!I just want to know how do I embed it to powerpoint? I tried copying the link, but doesnt work. thank you again!
congtruong
2020-04-26 07:29:57
the clip is really helpful. thank a lot
e104546
2020-04-29 10:16:08
Great video. Nice activity. Ta very much!!
2020-05-13 18:16:14
thank you
Solkurosawa
2020-06-02 20:01:37
I really enjoyed it thank u!
Conviviality
2020-06-09 14:21:29
Thank you for this video , it is very motivating for children
irinato
2020-06-17 14:41:31
IT IS AWESOME!!
ThaisT
2020-06-18 22:00:46
Great lesson!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :)
Rejas
2020-06-21 17:42:17
Ilove this tool. Thanks!
xxteacherinchina
2020-06-23 06:14:42
Thank you
josieakar
2020-07-02 12:28:46
Thank you very much