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

Secret Life of Pets - Present and Past Simple

dignankec May 28, 2019


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
The student must watch the video and answer present and past simple questions as they are watching.
Scene summary:
The student must watch the video and answer present and past simple questions as they are watching.
Video length: 8 minutes 0 seconds
Video genre: Film scene (animated or live-action with human-actors)
Lesson type: Grammar practice
Student types:
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2019-05-28, 09:33:09 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) How does he feel?

  • scared
  • happy
  • sad
  • angry

2) past simple: forget

Fill the gap: She ________________________ her mobile.

3) Chloe __________ her food.

  • wants
  • want
  • doesn't want
  • don't want

4) past simple: leave

Fill the gap: The owners ________________________ their pets at home.

5) past simple: eat, fall

Fill the gap: Chloe ________________________ the chicken and ________________________ out of the fridge.

6) The bird ___________ with Chloe.

  • is playing
  • are playing
  • am playing

7) past simple: get

Fill the gap: Katie ________________________ another dog.

8) What did Duke say?

Put the words in order: This ! is great so place

9) past simple: hit

Fill the gap: Max ________________________ the window of the car.

10) The cats _________ nice to the dogs.

  • are
  • aren't
  • is
  • isn't

11) past simple: catch

Fill the gap: The men ________________________ the dogs.

12) past simple: jump

Fill the gap: She ________________________ out of the window.

13) past simple: kick

Fill the gap: The man ________________________ the pig on its head.

14) past simple: make

Fill the gap: The rabbit ________________________ a key from the carrot.

15) What did he say?

Put the words in order: you Who ? guys are

16) How does she describe Max?

  • brown and white
  • black and white
  • handsome
  • beautiful

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2019-05-29 09:25:14
Amazing quiz my students loved it so much! Thanks
2019-05-29 09:25:17
Amazing quiz my students loved it so much! Thanks
2019-05-30 00:06:22
looks great - gonna try it out today with my 8th graders here in Japan
2019-05-30 00:08:46
great video to get my kids engaged... thanks for the effort!