Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Watch and listen to the story about the amazing dog, Chaser, who has the ability to learn and remember.
Scene summary:
Chaser was a Border Collie with the largest tested memory of any non-human animal. Chaser worked with psychology Professor John W. Pilley, at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pilley spent that time training her in a formal research project on animal acquisition of language.
Video length: 6 minutes 10 seconds
Video genre: Documentary film
Student types:
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2019-12-02, 12:12:14 (GMT+1)
About the author

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) John Pilley was a professor of psychology, which is the study of

  • the body
  • people
  • the mind
  • actions
  • behavior

2)

Fill the gap: John has taught Chaser to ________________________ an extremely large ________________________ But, there are no real sheep in it.

3) Do you also find it "hard to believe"?

Answer the question using your own words

4) What does Chaser do when she knows she is correct?

Answer the question using your own words

5)

Put the words in order: is couch. on Now, be the going what wondering behind you might

6) How did Chaser do it?

Answer the question using your own words

7) What does she do?

  • She passes.
  • She wins.
  • She knows.
  • She succeeds.
  • She does ok.

8)

Correct the wrong word: Let us see what she does when we challenge her with a new toy she had never seen or heard the name of.

9) "By inference" or to infer about something means

  • you are guessing.
  • you absolutely know what is right.
  • you have some idea.
  • you have ruled out everything else.

10) Explain why it is taking her longer.

Answer the question using your own words

11) How would you explain the dog's behavior at this point?

Answer the question using your own words

12)

Fill the gap: ...dogs like Chaser have ________________________ that they will remember the connection they made ________________________ new name and new toy.

Lesson plan

Pre-tasks

1. check the definition of these words:

2. -a stuffed animal -to herd sheep / a herd of sheep / to tend a herd -a random sample -a pile -to spook -inference / to infer something

Follow-up tasks

1. 1) Do you find this impressive? Why / why not?

2. 2) Have you ever known any animals who could do something impressive?

About the author

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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