A Single Life (Past Simple vs Past Continuous Practice)

Kisdobos August 31, 2017

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
10 multiple choice questions to practice the past simple vs the past continuous tense.

Featured grammar points:

1. Use the past simple + past simple to talk about a sequence of events.

2. Use the past continuous + past simple combo to talk about an ongoing action that was interrupted by another event.

3. Use the past continuous + past continuous to describe two simultaneous events (=two events that were happening at the same time).

My lesson nicely complements the comprehensive film lesson created by Kieran Donaghy around this short film: http://film-english.com/2018/01/03/a-single-life/
Scene summary:
An animated silent film in which a lady receives a parcel by post. It turns out it's a magical vinyl record that ends up messing up her life.
Video length: 2 minutes 19 seconds
Video genre: Short film (animated or with human actors)
Lesson type: Grammar practice
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2017-08-31, 08:12:36 (GMT+1)

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.

Video quiz questions (printable)

1) She ... the first slice when somebody ... on the door.

  • took out; was knocking
  • took out; knocked
  • was taking out; was knocking
  • was taking out; knocked

2) While she ... in the chair, she ... the parcel.

  • was sitting; was opening
  • was sitting; opened
  • sat; opened
  • sat; was opening

3) She ... the parcel, then she ... a vinyl record.

  • opened; took out
  • was opening; took out
  • opened; was taking out
  • was opening; was taking out

4) She ... the record, then she ...

  • was putting on; sat down
  • put on; sat down
  • was putting on; was sitting down
  • put on; was sitting down

5) The music ... when she suddenly ... it.

  • was playing; stopped
  • was playing; was stopping
  • played; stopped
  • played; was stopping

6) As she ... the music, the pizza ...

  • was fast forwarding; was disappearing
  • was fast forwarding; disappeared
  • fast forwarded; was disappearing
  • fast forwarded; disappeared

7) She ... her belly, then she ... of her baby.

  • touched; thought
  • touched; was thinking
  • was touching; thought
  • was touching; was thinking

8) After she ... the record, she ... a mom.

  • fast forwarded; was becoming
  • fast forwarded; became
  • was fast forwarding; became
  • was fast forwarding; was becoming

9) When she ... the record player again, she ... a little girl.

  • was touching; turned into
  • was touching; was turning into
  • touched; turned into
  • touched; was turning into

10) As she ... to the record player, the song ...

  • walked; ended
  • walked; was ending
  • was walking; ended
  • was walking; was ending

Lesson plan

Pre-tasks

1. Tell students that they are going to watch an animated short featuring a magical vinyl record.

2. Tell them that you are going to use the video to practice using the past simple and past continuous tenses in this video quiz.

Follow-up tasks

1. Highly recommended: Kieran Donaghy's comprehensive film lesson: http://film-english.com/2018/01/03/a-single-life/

Vocabulary list

  • vinyl record n.: Vinyl is a strong plastic used for making things such as floor coverings or records. A vinyl record, or simply "vinyl" or "record" was used to store music before the era of cassettes or compact discs.
  • turn into v.: transform into something else, become something else
  • parcel n.: A parcel is something wrapped in paper, usually so that it can be sent to someone by post
  • rewind v.: When the tape in a video or tape recorder rewinds or when you rewind it, the tape goes backwards so that you can play it again.
  • fast forward v.: When you fast forward the tape in a video or tape recorder or when you fast forward, you make the tape go forwards.

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.

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mdimitra
2017-09-01 16:31:19
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2017-09-03 23:29:11
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2017-09-04 01:56:54
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2017-09-08 23:02:31
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2017-09-12 18:18:17
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2017-09-19 20:23:23
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2017-09-22 17:58:09
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2017-09-22 17:59:50
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2017-09-23 07:42:59
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2017-09-27 09:17:37
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2017-09-28 13:02:37
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2017-09-28 13:02:42
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2017-09-30 19:07:04
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2017-10-01 07:10:47
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2017-10-05 03:45:16
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2017-10-11 12:34:27
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2017-10-22 04:22:32
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2017-10-22 19:46:37
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2017-10-27 14:14:11
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2017-11-03 21:56:38
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2017-11-04 16:19:41
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2017-11-12 06:46:10
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2017-11-12 06:46:53
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2017-11-14 06:12:24
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2017-11-14 06:13:23
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2017-11-15 08:39:36
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wisdom99
2017-11-22 04:42:58
Interesting movie and relevant exercise. Thank you!
RefaiB
2017-11-29 21:21:38
Thank you. What program do you use to make these videos?
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2017-12-03 21:11:23
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dorolovesuomi
2017-12-05 11:00:04
Thank you! Very smart and funny :-)
Nafizza
2017-12-16 19:09:40
Thank you, I love it. Great exercise + explanation
evviesands
2018-01-05 18:08:27
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Lesly77
2018-01-09 17:59:47
Gracias! =)
LauraLanny
2018-01-16 04:19:16
loved it!
Aeska
2018-01-27 23:43:12
Thanks a lot! Really useful!
angelesba
2018-02-04 19:11:14
Great! very useful to teach emotion vocabulary and maybe to practise the second conditional: If this girl were younger, she would....
koukisweetheart
2018-02-12 00:55:13
thanks for sharing
koukisweetheart
2018-02-12 01:00:07
can you please tell how to create video quizzes? I'd be extremely grateful. in case you answered, here is my e-mail: [email protected]
Dilekth
2018-02-23 17:19:46
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DROUODE
2018-03-06 17:43:54
Great video and great worksheet.Congratulations!
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2018-03-07 22:01:58
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2018-03-07 22:01:58
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2018-03-07 22:01:58
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BasicEnglish101
2018-03-14 13:06:23
Wow! Amazing simple class. My students will enjoy this lesson very much : ) Thanks
mariainvernizzi
2018-03-16 18:00:43
Congratulations! It's really a good idea and a nice video!
Nikka26
2018-03-21 08:20:51
Great job and a great choice of film. Thanks:)
Emilytateacher
2018-05-16 12:30:04
Good morning. Love the video lesson and so does my student. Can't copy the url to assign as homework, though. Can you help me with this one?
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2018-05-22 19:53:51
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2018-05-29 19:15:21
Thank you! Great choice of video!!!!
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2018-06-12 12:10:54
I love it, thanks!
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2018-06-17 11:00:38
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2018-07-26 07:21:31
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muna30
2018-07-31 06:50:47
Loved this video, thank you
mizzybaylon
2018-08-02 01:18:22
This is really nice. Thank you so much for sharing.
AGoldsteinToronto
2018-08-04 01:35:00
Amazing. Wonderful. Students loved to write about it. Thanks
largenku
2018-08-22 06:13:23
Thanks a lot for sharing!
cintiacoelho
2018-09-21 00:47:55
This video is sooo much interesting. I loved! Thanks a lot
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2018-09-22 20:59:46
Hi, I just want say a huge Thanks to the great creative brains who make this possible and available for free.....thanks...
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2018-10-09 15:51:27
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2018-10-09 15:51:29
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2018-10-09 15:51:32
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2018-10-09 15:51:34
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2018-10-15 18:54:16
Thank you! I love the video and activity!
ibjimenez
2018-10-26 17:25:26
Great Job! Awesome video!
Tarantini
2018-10-29 18:12:51
Have used this excellent lesson, with different results. Aimed to get sts to expand vocab (vinyl records/objects in different rooms), take risks with expressions about life, and to speculate on the woman;s life. The slight hesitation of sts has more to do with the "heavy" subject matter (cycle of life / single life / wistfulness). Thanks for the excellent work. Nigel Clark
Baharkorkmaz
2018-11-16 20:29:17
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julietan
2018-12-04 12:38:10
Brilliant!