Using screenshots to predict content - How to teach English using videos EP03

In this episode we will be showing you how screenshots taken from a video can be used to generate interest and get students to predict the content. Checking their ideas against what they later hear and see in the video can also function as a great first listening task. 

We’re using two amazing short videos in the tutorial, both of which we found at Kieran Donaghy's popular Film English site: Fear of Flying and 5 things every presenter needs to know about people . Also download this and this accompanying worksheet we've made. :) 

Anna Csíky, iSLCollective Teacher Trainer

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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
The students are going to improve their listening skills and revise Present Simple Tense.
Scene summary:
Harry has a very boring job and a very boring life. However, he has something that makes him feel happy.
Video length: 3 minutes 6 seconds
Video genre: Cartoon / tale for kids (e.g. Tom & Jerry, Simon's cat, Peppa Pig, Mr. Bean)
Lesson type: Basic listening comprehension - Hearing check ("Can you make out the words being said?")
Student types:
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2019-07-11, 19:44:33 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) Harry works ... the post office.

  • for
  • on
  • in
  • at


Correct the wrong word: It's a very busy job.


Put the words in order: ends five day at But his o'clock.


Fill the gap: Then he ________________________ his hat, gets his briefcase and ________________________ the building.


Fill the gap: He ________________________ the ________________________ every day.

6) ... all the same people.

  • Along
  • With
  • Towards


Put the words in order: Harry restaurants go doesn't to or cinemas.


Fill the gap: He ________________________ to his ________________________ flat.


Correct the wrong word: It's a very bright life.

10) Every day he .... off his hat.

  • puts
  • gets
  • takes


Find the extra word: And goes into the great kitchen.


Put the words in order: last. happy But then at feels Harry

13) He ... up a box.

  • takes
  • picks
  • puts


Find the extra word: And puts it straight on the table.


Fill the gap: ________________________ he looks ________________________ stamps.

16) Winds ... the music box.

  • on
  • in
  • up


Put the words in order: pretty And net. he girl sees with buuterfly the the


Fill the gap: ________________________ the music box is ________________________ world.


Correct the wrong word: There are thousands of butterflies.


Put the words in order: they're butterlies, stapms. No, they aren't


Put the words in order: the ends, Harry When asleep. is music

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