The World Is Where We Live (B1-B2 ESL Activity On Comparisons)

Kisdobos January 29, 2020

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
This ESL video lesson teaches five beautiful expressions to talk about similarity. It complements Kieran Donaghy's lesson on Film English: http://film-english.com/2011/12/08/my-favourite-animal/

There is one matching task that allows students to assemble phrases describing the parallel scenes. The next four questions are open-ended writing tasks: learners need to describe the similarity of the scenes with their own words.

His film lesson is meant for Pre-intermediate (A2) to Intermediate (B1) level learners. This video quiz is suitable for Intermediate (B1) and Upper-intermediate (B2) students, as I preferred to focus on the more sophisticated ways to express similarity.
Scene summary:
The commercial commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows a host of parallel scenes to emphasize the connectedness of the human world and the natural world.
Video length: 1 minute 1 second
Video genre: TV commercial
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
First published: 2020-01-29, 23:12:23 (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.

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) Match the two halves to create scenes describing what you've just seen.

Match the items:
People crossing a bridge, whichis akin to a lion at rest
A mountain peak, whichresembles a stream of clouds
A lot of passing cars, whichis reminiscent of a herd of elephants roaming the land
Silhouttes of legs, whichreminds us of a skyscraper
A boy deep in his thoughts, whoechoes a similar image of birds

2) Use the verb "resemble" to describe the scene with the zebras.

Answer the question using your own words

3) Use the verb "remind" (=look like) to describe the scene with the orangutans.

Answer the question using your own words

4) Use the verb "echo" to describe the scene with the monkey.

Answer the question using your own words

5) Use the verb "reminiscent" to describe the scene with the leopard.

Answer the question using your own words

Vocabulary list

  • be akin to: be similar to
  • to remind of: to make someone think of someone or something else because of being very similar to them
  • be reminiscent of: remind of
  • to echo: (of an object or event) be reminiscent of or have shared characteristics with
  • to resemble: look like

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.

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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