level 7-8 level
Practice comprehension through watching video. Review narrative tenses
Perhaps the most important element of any plan is the part where we say what our aims are.Jeremy Harmer in The Practice of English Language Teaching
Procedure (60-85 minutes)
Chat about the video segment and its play on words. Chat about the English patient and about watching movies with subtitles and general level of understanding of students. Have students pick from the lists of annoying and embarrassing things in 2 groups. Then have them trade the information with each other and discuss.
Exercise 1 1. This exercise aims to introduce aspects of the plot (Helen and Simon’s relationship troubles, Matt and his band) which are the reasons behind Helen’s feelings. 2. T plays the segment twice if it is necessary. (Try to avoid turning on the subtitles.) 3. SS are asked to choose one of the three possibilities in each of the questions – they circle the correct answers. 4. SS check with T and the rest of the class Exercise 2 More information about the plot – Matt and his band. Helen, who lives with Matt says that he has changed recently. SS need to note down how Matt used to be in “BEFORE” column and how he is now in the “NOW” column. 1. T plays the segment twice if it is necessary. (Try to avoid turning on the subtitles.) 2. SS write 3. SS check with T and the rest of the class .
In this section we begin to understand why Helen is upset about Simon. This is the 1st flashback in the episode, telling the story of their date the previous Tuesday. The section is divided into four exercises: the 1st deals with general understanding , the 2nd asks SS to order the events, the 3rd focuses on narrative tenses, the 4th asks for SS opinion. Exercise 1 1. T asks SS to decide whether the information is TRUE or FALSE 2. SS circle the correct answers. 3. T. plays the video - SS check their answers/predictions Exercise 2 SS have to order the events according to the order in which they happened. They have to do this before they watch the final section a second time. The first one has been done as an example. Exercise 3 SS have to retell Helen’s story by choosing the correct grammatical tense in each sentence. They are given two alternatives of which only one is correct. Check understanding of such phrases as: turned up, looking forward, it has been like this ... (if necessary) 1. SS do the exercise without watching the segment again. 2. SS watch the segment and by listening attentively to Helen’s voice-over, which provides all the answers. Exercise 4 SS express their opinions about Simon and why he might be acting the way he has been acting.SS could even be asked to vote on whether Simon has a new girlfriend. There are no definite answers to be given at this stage. Later the students find out the reason - that Simon is in Matt’s band.
Exercise 1 This is a vocabulary exercise designed to test the SS power of observation of which objects they noticed in Jane and Ali’s living room. Before watching explain to the SS that they are going to see a room. They must try to remember ten things in it – furniture, ornaments, etc. 1. T plays the segment twice if it is necessary. (Try to avoid turning on the subtitles.) 2. SS make their lists 3. SS check with T and the rest of the class Exercise 2 In this exercise, the students will only HEAR the rest of section#3 and not watch it. They will then have to tell a partner what they think happens in the rest of the section. 1. T asks SS to close their eyes and/or turn their chair away from the TV and listen 2. Play the video 3. Put the SS into pairs and ask them to tell each other their ideas 4. Play the video again – let SS watch and check their predictions. Exercise 3 practice narrative tenses. They fill in the correct tenses as they watch the video. Play the video more than twice if necessary.
Exercise 1 SS are asked to provide complete answers. It is enough to watch the first part of section four up to Bill getting electrocuted (just before Jane: Unfortunately...) Exercise 2 Match Q&A before watching the section. T asks SS to choose and justify their answers Exercise 3 SS are asked to give their personal opinions about the two relationships we have seen: Helen and Simon and Jane and Bill. SS may make their predictions using such phrases as: SS may make their predictions using such phrases as: T writes the phrases on the board Perhaps Bill and Jane will ... Maybe Simon will ... Helen might ... Helen and Simon may ...
(If time) In this 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. section SS need to recall the order of the events in the whole episode. SS watch the whole episode. Elicit from the SS the names of all the characters and all the places they have seen in the video. Check SS comprehension of all the phrases in EX#1. SS watch the video. As they watch SS note who said what and where. SS check with T and the rest of the class.