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

A shorter letter

ok0710 December 28, 2018


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Complete the subtitles, fill in the gaps with the missing words or put the verbs in the correct tense
Scene summary:
A boy hadn't received a blue car for Christmas, so Santa Claus sent him a letter
Video length: 3 minutes 6 seconds
Video genre: Short film (animated or with human actors)
Lesson type: Basic listening comprehension - Hearing check ("Can you make out the words being said?")
Student types:
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2018-12-28, 00:04:25 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)


Fill the gap: One of my elves told me that you're a bit ________________________ because I didn't bring you the blue car.


Fill the gap: Amazing ________________________ await you thanks to the ________________________ I left under the tree.


Fill the gap: And the new sword. ________________________ you ever ________________________ (see) a real warrior playing with blue cars?


Fill the gap: If you want to be ________________________ chef in the world, you'll spend hours trying out new recipes.


Fill the gap: The ________________________ thing is not to have a lot of toys, but to have the ones you're really going to make the most of.


Fill the gap: Are you alright, Tom? You ________________________ (be) very quiet at supper.


Fill the gap: Can you ________________________ this letter, please?


Fill the gap: I'm going to be too ________________________ playing with the ________________________ I already have.

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2019-01-07 18:09:54
Thank you very much for your amazing work!
2019-01-07 18:09:55
Thank you very much for your amazing work!