How To Get Away With Murder: Idioms

How To Get Away With Murder (2014 – present)

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Creator: Peter Nowalk

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Level: Intermediate

Age: Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of How To Get Away With Murder. Since it shows many young adults speaking before a class in college, it is a contextualized example of the use of idioms.

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Suggested procedures:

Before you watch: do task 1 together with students. Have them share their opinions and experiences.

While you watch: invite students to watch the video segment and do tasks 2 and 3.

After you watch: challenge students to do task 4 in pairs. Have them report their findings.

Time: 15 minutes.

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Finding Carter: Questions in the Simple Past

Finding Carter (2014 – 2015)

A teenager finds out she was abducted as a toddler and returns to her biological family.

Creators: Terry Minski, Emily Silver

Source

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Season/Episode: 02/24

Level: Intermediate

Age: Teens/Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of Finding Carter. It is a short dialogue with several sentences in the simple past. It is an opportunity for students to practice their listening, since the characters are emotional and do not speak so clearly.

 

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Suggested procedures:

Before watching: have students do task 1 in pairs.
While watching: get students to answer the two questions while watching the video segment. You may need to play it twice.
After watching: have students do this last task in pairs. After they finish, they can role play a situation using the questions they created.
Time: 20 minutes.
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The Big Bang Theory: Slang and Idioms

The Big Bang Theory (2007 – present)

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Creators: Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady

Source

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Season/Episode: 02/09

Level: Intermediate

Age: Teens/Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of The Big Bang Theory. It is a scene in which two people are talking, and one of them uses some slang and idioms. It is an opportunity for the students to get to know new ways of saying things. Besides, it may encourage them to discuss cultural aspects.

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Suggested procedures:

Before watching: have students read what is in the chart and discuss the concepts of slang and idioms, then do tasks 1, 2 and 3 also as a following part of the oral discussion.
While watching: invite students to watch the video segment and do tasks 4, 5 and 6.
After watching: have students do task 7. Task 8 is another opportunity for oral discussion. Allow your students to express their points of view.
Time: 20 minutes.
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Revenge: wh- questions

Revenge (2011 – 2015)

An emotionally troubled young woman makes it her mission to exact revenge against the people who wronged her father.

Creator: Mike Kelley

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Season/Episode: 03/11

Level: Beginner

Age: Teens/Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of Revenge. The woman lost her memory, so she asks a lot of questions, such as “Where am I?” and “Who am I?”.The snippet is a good way of learning and/or practicing wh- questions.

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Suggested procedures:

Before watching: have students do tasks 1, 2 and 3 in pairs or in groups.

While watching: have students watch the segment and do tasks 4, 5 and 6.

After watching: if necessary, give students an explanation about wh- words. Then get them to do tasks 7, 8 and 9. You can suggest a role-play activity after they finish creating their own dialogues.

Time: 20 minutes.

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Breaking Bad: some idioms and phrasal verbs

Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s financial future.

Source

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Season/Episode: 04/06

Level: Beginner/Pre-intermediate

Age: Adults (+18)

The segment was extracted from an episode of Breaking Bad. A man and his wife are arguing in their house. It is a good task for improvement of listening skills and also for discussion on serious topics, such as drug dealing.

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Suggested procedures:

Before watching: invite students to read the short text and answer the question.
While watching: get students to do tasks 1 and 2.
After watching: Have students answer the question and express their opinions. If students demonstrate interest, they can do it as if it was a formal speech.
Time: 20 minutes.
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House of Cards: oral discussion

House of Cards (2013 – present)

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

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Season/Episode: 01/01

Level: Upper-intermediate/Advanced

Age: Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of House of Cards. It is a conversation between two characters in a living room. It is a great task for discussing topics such as breaking promises and political issues.

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Suggested procedures:

Before watching: have students read the short text and answer tasks 1 and 2 in pairs or in groups.
While watching: invite students to read the questions before watching. Then have them watch the video segment and answer tasks 1, 2, and 3. Get studentes to watch the segment again and answer task 4.
After watching: open a discussion getting questions from questions 1 and 2 as guidelines.
Time: 20 minutes.
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Desperate Housewives: verbs in the Simple Past

Desperate Housewives (2004 – 2012)

Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Creator: Marc Cherry

Source

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Season/Episode: 07/11

Level: Intermediate

Age: Teens/Adults

 

The segment was extracted from an episode of Desperate Housewives. It is a short conversation between a wife and her husband in the kitchen. Since he tells her about what happened during his day, the snippet is good for practicing the Simple Past.

Suggested procedures:

Before watching: invite students to have a conversation in order to answer questions from number 1 and number 2.
While watching: have students watch the segment once and answer the question in number 3. Then have them do number 4 and play the video again.
After watching: get students to do numbers 5, 6, and 7. You might play the video one more time, if necessary.
Extra practice: this is a moment for studying the grammar itself. Have students complete the table and list all the irregular verbs in number 9.
Time: 20 minutes.
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