Category Archives: intermediate

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

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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

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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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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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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

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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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