Video quiz of the month: Serial taxi

In June, we are featuring a video quiz created around a short thriller called Serial Taxi, talking about why we like it and how we would use it in class.

This time we offer three different focuses or lessons aims that could work with different class profiles: a prediction task involving productive skills (speaking or writing), a grammar focus on narrative tenses, as well as vocabulary work around expressions containing the word kill.

Hope you get to try one or all of these ideas soon.


Anna Csíky, iSLCollective Teacher Trainer

'Onward' Movie Trailer

APEnglish May 31, 2019


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Basic Listening Comprehension. Listen to the dialogue in the movie trailer for Disney's new movie 'Onward' and answer the questions.
Scene summary:
There's a magical modern world of trolls, unicorns, and other magic creatures. Two brothers set off on a quest together.
Video length: 1 minute 45 seconds
Video genre: Film trailer
Lesson type: Basic listening comprehension - Hearing check ("Can you make out the words being said?")
Student types:
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2019-05-31, 08:20:56 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Where is the airplane?

2) What are they doing?

  • Swimming
  • Greeting
  • Eating
  • Playing

3) What does he say?

Put the words in order: get back to Hey, work!

4) What does she say?

Fill the gap: Sorry, I didn't get a chance to walk her. Oh, bad ________________________ ! Back to your lair!

5) What do they say?

Fill the gap: Come dear ________________________ our destiny awaits! Okay! I'm coming, I'm coming.

6) What does he say?

Fill the gap: Nope, it's garbage for the ________________________ can...and you left the lid off!

7) What do they say?

Fill the gap: We're ________________________ on a grand and glorious quest. It's not a quest, it's just a really fast and strange errand. It's totally a quest.

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