Happy music video

carlyn.barrow July 10, 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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I can highly recommend his training based on my first-hand experience: I took the 5-day course in gorgeous Barcelona 2 years ago. It was truly a treasure trove of practical ideas that enriched my way of teaching a great deal. It was also very refreshing to enjoy a holiday in this amazing city while learning. Apply quick: First come, first served! / Peter Laszlo, iSLCollective Co-founder

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Students will anwer listening comprehension sentences and identify major American celebrities
Scene summary:
This is the music video for "Happy" by Pharrell. A few American celebrities make guest appearances.
Video length: 4 minutes 7 seconds
Video genre: Music video
Lesson type: Basic listening comprehension - Hearing check ("Can you make out the words being said?")
Student types:
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2019-07-10, 12:29:05 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)


Fill the gap: I'm a hot air ________________________ that could go to ________________________


Fill the gap: Here come bad ________________________ talkin' this and ________________________


Put the words in order: Clap like a you along if roof without a feel room

4) "Nuttin" probably means

  • Nothing
  • Nuts
  • None

5) Who is this TV host?

  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • James Corden

6) Who is this American actor?

  • Steve Martin
  • Owen Wilson
  • Steve Carrell

7) What is he doing

Fill the gap: He is ________________________ dancing

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