Category Archives: Beginner

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.

Creator: Joss Whedon

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Level: Beginner

Age: adults / teens

The segment was extracted from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A couple of teenagers invade a school at night and something terrible happens.

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Suggested procedures:

Before you watch: invite students to read the short text and explore intonational patterns used in Portuguese. In the examples in, we use a falling intonation for option A (affirmative sentence) and a rising one for option B (yes/no question).

While watching: guide students through tasks 1, 2 and 3.

After watching: In pairs, students ask each other the questions, paying special attention to the intonation. You could ask a few students to report/comment on their classmate’s answers.

Time : 25 minutes

 

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The Good Place

The Good Place (2016- Present)

The series follows a woman who realizes she has not been a good person. She decides to turn the page and learn what it really means to be “good” or “bad,” while trying to mend the mistakes of the past.

Creator: Michael Schur

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Level: Beginner
Age: Teens/ Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of The Good Place. The woman died and she goes to “The Good Place”. She asks about where’s that place that she lives and the difference between “good” and “bad”. The snippet is a good way of learning and/or practicing wh- questions.

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Suggested procedures:

Before watching: Ask students if they know the TV Series. Have them match the questions to the answers. Optionally, you could ask them to imagine what questions someone would first ask if they woke up in a sort of heaven.

While watching: Play the video segment once for students to do the acitivity, and once again for them to chek.

After watching: if necessary, give students an explanation about wh- words. Then get them to do task 3. You can suggest a role-play activity after they finish creating the questions.

Time: 20 minutes.

 

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.

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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.