Coral reef fun facts

RaffaeleC July 12, 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. :) 

Anna Csíky, iSLCollective Teacher Trainer

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Answer questions about coral reef. Coral Barrier Reef fun facts, many interesting facts of the Coral Barrier Reef in Australia
Scene summary:
Coral Barrier Reef fun facts, many interesting facts of the Coral Barrier Reef in Australia
Video length: 2 minutes 46 seconds
Video genre: Documentary film
Lesson type: Asking about the visuals ("What can/could you see?")
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2019-07-12, 04:04:59 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) There are more than ____ types of coral

  • 500
  • 600
  • 700

2) The Great Barrier Reef is one huge breathing organism

  • True
  • False

3) There is one reef shaped as a

  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Heart
  • Star

4) The Great Barrier Reef is ______ years old

  • 10,000
  • 15,000
  • 20,000
  • 25,000


Fill the gap: ________________________ love hanging out at the Great Barrier Reef


Fill the gap: ________________________ sand makes boy turtles, ________________________ sand makes girl turtles

7) Pufferfish has _____ and it's very ________

  • wings - dangerous
  • spikes - poisonous
  • feet - delicious
  • mouths - poisonous

8) Hermit crabs use shells for

  • protection
  • food
  • sleeping


Fill the gap: Dolphins are very ________________________


Fill the gap: Dolphins have noses on their ________________________ and they can hold their breath for ________________________ minutes

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