Easy grammar lesson verbs, negative and affirmative sentences by TeacherDiane

TeacherDiane555 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:
Tell the tenses of the verbs used in the sentences. Change negative sentences into affirmative sentences.
Scene summary:
Garfield explains that cats are aliens and they have used their power to make dogs less clever.
Video length: 4 minutes 59 seconds
Video genre: Cartoon / tale for kids (e.g. Tom & Jerry, Simon's cat, Peppa Pig, Mr. Bean)
Lesson type: Grammar practice
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License
First published: 2019-07-12, 03:07:11 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) These creatures will serve us... Which tense is the verb?

  • present simple
  • simple past
  • future simple

2) Give the infinitive form of ... are ?

Answer the question using your own words

3) The routine was to make cats look...? complete the sentence.

Answer the question using your own words

4) which noun is in plural?

  • cute
  • adorable
  • cat
  • animals


Put the words in order: feed I'll and to have take home you. you

6) The cute kitty is purring. Which tense is the verb?

  • present simple
  • simple past
  • present continuous
  • simple past

7) When dogs were smart... Which tense is the verb?

  • past continuous
  • present simple
  • simple past

8) What does the dog want to do?

Answer the question using your own words

9) The dog followed. Rewrite the sentence in the negative form.

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10) What does the password mean?

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11) Write in the negative form. The dog was smart.

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12) Write the sentence in the affirmative form. We did not have a problem.

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Put the words in order: his chase Let's to program him tail.

14) After the cats programmed the dog, he was ....?

Answer the question using your own words

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