Office Space: Did You Get the Memo? Verb+Infinitive or Gerund - Different Meaning

Kisdobos February 06, 2017

How has the role of video changed in language teaching in the past few years? - Interview with Kieran Donaghy 

Hello from Barcelona, the Film and Video in Language Teaching course, where we recorded a special episode for the iSLCollective video quiz channel. In it we ask Kieran Donaghy of film-english.com, who runs the course, how he views the changes in ELT regarding video in the past few years. 

Enjoy!

Anna Csíky, iSLCollective Teacher Trainer

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
This video lesson revises verb + infinitive and verb + gerund combinations: forget, remember, try, go on, regret and stop. These verbs can be followed by either an infinitive or a gerund, but their meaning changes depending on the verb pattern.

This grammar topic is most likely covered at Intermediate (B1) or Upper-Intermediate (B2) level.

The accent of the actors is American English. Everyone can be understood, except for Milton, the weirdo coworker, who is slurring his words.

Recommended Pre-task:

Watch a short video explanation of verbs plus gerund /verbs plus infinitive and their different meanings:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s1htxRUiLNk
Scene summary:
A 2-minute clip from Office Space. Peter toils at a soulless corporation and his bosses are a real pain in the neck.
Video length: 2 minutes 14 seconds
Video genre: Film scene (animated or live-action with human-actors)
Lesson type: Grammar practice
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License
First published: 2017-02-06, 08:29:23 (GMT+1)

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About the author

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

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) Lumbergh (the boss) stopped ... about a problem with Peter.

  • to talk
  • talking

2) Peter forgot ... the new cover sheet on the TPS report.

  • to put
  • putting

3) Peter tried ... to Lumbergh that no damage had been done.

  • to explain
  • explaining

4) Lumbergh went on ... about putting the new cover sheet on the TPS report.

  • to talk
  • talking

5) Lumbergh didn't stop ... his coffee for a second while talking to Peter.

  • to drink
  • drinking

6) Peter couldn't concentrate because of the music, so he went on ... Milton to turn it down a little bit.

  • to ask
  • asking

7) At this point Peter probably regretted ... his time asking Milton a favor.

  • to waste
  • wasting

8) The other boss also asked Peter to remember ... the new cover sheet for the TPS report.

  • to use
  • using

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

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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tantana
2017-02-06 18:10:33
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2017-02-07 03:31:26
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haasky
2017-02-07 22:23:17
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2017-05-19 15:14:32
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Papega
2018-03-12 16:00:52
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nanioliveira
2018-04-12 00:13:36
Great lesson. Thanks!
nanioliveira
2018-04-12 00:13:38
Great lesson. Thanks!
Victoracer24
2018-05-26 17:03:42
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pumacay
2018-10-20 16:42:02
wunderbar, herzlichen Dank dafür! :)
tatianano
2019-02-11 22:11:51
Hilarious! Perfect for practicing gerunds and infinitives. Million thanks!
malakhdari
2019-02-18 02:28:44
This is really good. thank you.