Category Archives: Upper-Intermediate

Friends

Friends (1994-2004)

Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe form a group of six friends struggling to excel and progress in competitive Manhattan life. Their intelligent humor and unconditional mutual support make their friendship stronger and stronger, thus overcoming all the obstacles that life presents to them.

Creators: David Crane and Marta Kauffman

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Level: Intermediate

Age: Teens / Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of Friends when Monica asks her friends what they would do if they were omnipotent for a day.

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Suggested procedures:

Before you watch: have students do task 1 in pairs and then check their answers.

While watching: Get students to answer the two questions. After that,  play the video again to check answers.

After watching: Ask students to answer questions 4, 5 and 6, guiding them where needed. Question 7 should be done in pairs followed by a whole-class discussion.

Time : 25 minutes

 

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Dear White People

Dear White People ( 2017- Present)

The series follows a group of a black students from a major university in the United States, belonging to the Ivy League, whose majority of students is white. Dear White People portrays how these characters deal with racism on the university campus.

Creator: Justien Simien

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 Level: Intermediate

Age: Adults

The segment was extracted from an episode of Dear White People. Two college students fight at a party and after the arrival of the police, one cop questions one of the boys, who is black, whether he is a student or not.

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Suggested procedures:

Before you watch: Have students discuss questions 1 and 2 in pairs, and then listen to their conclusions.

While watching: Get students to answer the question while watching the video segment, then play again for them to check.

After watching: Ask students to answer question 4 individually and questions 5, 6 and 7 in pairs. Then ask the students to narrate the answer to question 7.

Time: 25 minutes.

 

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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