Narrative tenses

englishprofessionals June 09, 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. :) 

Enjoy!
Anna Csíky, iSLCollective Teacher Trainer

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Practise 4 tenses: Past Simple/Past Continuous/Past Perfect/Past Perfect Continuous
Scene summary:
A funny video with a surprising turn of events about who the real taxi killer is.
Video length: 2 minutes 20 seconds
Video genre: Short film (animated or with human actors)
Lesson type: Grammar practice
Level:
Student types:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License
First published: 2019-06-09, 20:24:40 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) While she ................... down the street, it ................

  • was walking/was raining
  • was walking/had been raining
  • walked/had rained
  • was walking/rained

2) Before she ...................... a taxi, she ........... for a while

  • hailed/walked
  • hailed/was walking
  • hailed/had been walking
  • was hailing/had walked

3) Before the taxi driver .................. the girl if she had any luggage, she ..................... the driver where she wanted to go.

  • had asked/told
  • asked/had told
  • was asking/had been telling
  • asked/was telling

4) After the thunder ........................, the phone ...................... dead.

  • roared/had gone
  • was roaring/had gone
  • had been roaring/had gone
  • had roared/went

5) The taxi driver ........................ wickedly while he ..................... .

  • was laughing/drove
  • had been laughing/drove
  • laughed/was driving
  • had laughed/had been driving

6) They .......................... for the traffic lights to change when a homeless man ...................... .

  • were waiting/showed up
  • had been waiting/had shown up
  • had waited/showed up
  • waited/was showing up

7) The radio ....................... and the man ........................ along.

  • was playing/sang
  • played/had sung
  • was playing/was singing
  • played/had been singing

8) Before the woman ...................... to hit the taxi driver with an umbrella, the taxi driver....................... weird all along.

  • decided/had been acting
  • was deciding/had acted
  • decided/was acting
  • decided/acted

9) After she ......................... him on the head with an umbrella, he ................... control over the car.

  • hit/was losing
  • had hit/lost
  • had been hitting/had lost
  • was hitting/had lost

10) After the woman ...................... the news, she ................ another taxi.

  • watched/had been hailing
  • was watching/was hailing
  • had watched/hailed
  • had been watching/was hailing

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Limorissler
2019-06-19 05:33:25
Wonderful tool !Thanks a lot for sharing
Erica62
2019-06-21 14:48:19
This is the first time I have seen this. I absolutely LOVE it and I know my students are going to love the video and ALL three of your suggested activities. Thank you so much. I will be keeping a lookout for more of them.
Erica62
2019-06-21 16:05:41
It just keeps getting better and better. Was not expecting to get the quiz as well. Such an incredible time saver. And Wow, this is really a fantastic way to engage students in this day of wanting/watching technology. I love this :) Thank you so much.
SimonneB
2019-06-21 19:39:53
Great video-quiz! Loved it! Thank you for sharing!
Martin0816
2019-06-21 19:49:46
Super engaging lesson ! Thanks for sharing !
joanarra
2019-06-22 15:17:54
That's an amazing tool. Thank you for sharing.