Category Archives: adults

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

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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.

  • If you have any doubts or suggestions for improvement, please contact us:

tvseries4learning@gmail.com.

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.

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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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tvseries4learning@gmail.com.

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.
  • If you have any doubts or suggestions for improvement, please contact us:

tvseries4learning@gmail.com.