HELPING LEARNERS USE CHUNKS COMMUNICATIVELY

 

In this video we talk about how we can help our students use chunks communicatively - we share 4 ideas that have worked well for us in the classroom. We’re using an interactive video quiz in one of our ideas, which you can find here.

Enjoy!

Anna Csíky

iSLCollective teacher trainer

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Choose the right option of the 4 provided to finish the sentences with the second conditional.
Scene summary:
A story about a boy who gained a super power and used it to bake a birthday cake for his father.
Video length: 6 minutes 6 seconds
Lesson type: Grammar practice
Tags:
Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2020-10-02, 14:15:02 (GMT+1)
About the author

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) The boy __________ happy to celebrate his dad's birthday on Mars if it ______ possible.

  • is, would
  • was, would be
  • would be, were
  • would be, was

2) If the father ______ so upset with his experiment, he ______ his son's birthday card.

  • wouldn't be, noticed
  • weren't, would notice
  • wasn't, noticed
  • were, wouldn't notice

3) If it ______ the boy's dad's birthday, he _______ so hard to attract his dad's attention.

  • weren't, wouldn't be trying
  • wouldn't, wouldn't try
  • wasn't, wouldn't try
  • woulnd't be, wasn't trying

4) The boy ______ able to cool down his hands with water if he ______ super-heated hands.

  • were, wouldn't have
  • was, didn't have
  • would be, didn't have
  • would be, wouldn't have

5) If boy's hands ______ normal temperature, the butter ____still__ cold.

  • would be, were (still)
  • were, would (still) be
  • was, would (still) be
  • had, would (still) be

6) If the boy _____ , he _____ so happy with his super-heated hands.

  • didn't cook, weren't
  • wouldn't be cooking, wasn't
  • wouldn't cook, wouldn't be
  • weren't cooking, wouldn't be

7) The boy ______ if he ______ smart enough to find a way to touch things in the kitchen.

  • was cooking, wasn't
  • would be cooking, were
  • wouldn't be cooking, weren't
  • wouldn't cook, weren't

8) The father ______ with his open mouth in shock if the kitchen ______ in such a mess.

  • wouldn't be standing, weren't
  • wouldn't be standing, wasn't
  • weren't standing, wouldn't be
  • wouldn't stand, weren't

9) The boy _____ upset, if he ______ able to light up a candle for his dad's birthday cake.

  • weren't, would be
  • wouldn't be, was
  • wasn't, was
  • wouldn't be, were

10) If the father _____ responsible for the situation, he _____ angry with his son.

  • didn't feel, might be
  • didn't feel, could be
  • didn't feel, would be
  • wouldn't feel, were

About the author

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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AhmedAlawamry
2021-02-01 13:42:25
creative
lidirceprolinguas
2021-04-14 18:35:46
amazing
helaine1
2021-05-10 17:09:22
Thank you so much for this! My students enjoyed it immensely!
frenki09
2021-10-23 06:05:30
@Margagaritka Thank you for putting together this really entertaining video lesson. I really enjoyed it, however, a few of my students were confused about some of the answers. First of all, this lesson gets a little tricky when apart from the second conditional you also include choices that are in the present continuous conditional ("would be happening" "would + be + present participle"). In second conditional sentences, the continuous form of the present conditional may be used. It expresses an unfinished or continuing action or situation, which is the probable result of an unreal condition. Present Unreal Conditional + Continuous is used to discuss imaginary situations which could be happening at this very moment. The key here is this "continuous" aspect that can be clearer by adding "now" to the sentence. For example: 3. If it ______ the boy's dad's birthday, he _______ so hard to attract his dad's attention now. The sentence above, with "now" being added at the end, does sound a bit awkward though. Secondly, for question number three you mark only one choice as the correct answer ("weren't, wouldn't be trying"). And you are correct, the present continuous conditional is a good choice here. However, it would be useful if you explained why the third choice ("wasn't, wouldn't try") would be an incorrect answer. I do feel this needs further clarification in the video. There's a similar problem in question number seven ("wouldn't be cooking, weren't" / "wouldn't cook, weren't). Again, you are right, "wouldn't be cooking, weren't" is the better choice. All in all, I am not sure if it was a good idea to include choices in the present continuous conditional which makes the lesson a practice for not one, but two conditional tenses: second conditional and continuous conditional. And in question number nine an article ("the") is missing in question number five: "If the boy's..." P.S.: Interestingly enough, text books often do not teach continuous conditionals, which could lead to further confusion when working on this particular lesson.
LingYeo
2021-10-28 09:59:26
For number 5, first of all you need to put 'the boy's hands' and then if you want 'd' to be correct then you have to use 'a' with 'normal temperature', although I still think it sounds a bit unnatural to say 'have' here withe 'temperature'. Question: 5) If boy's hands ______ normal temperature, the butter ____still__ cold. The answers given: b) were, would (still) be d) had, would (still) be
jurgitabalc
2022-03-25 11:25:14
Thanks a lot
glshozdmr
2022-05-15 19:05:00
Thank you very much...