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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This blog was created for English as a Foreign/Second Language teachers. It will feature short activities based on snippets of TV Series in English. The snippets and the hand-outs will be downloadable so that teachers can use them offline.
The blog was created by English Teaching Undergraduates from the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, as part of the course English Teaching Material Design. Each undergraduate will create two short activities based on a snippet of a TV Series of their own interest. The activities will be aimed at various age and proficiency levels, as well as in skill practiced (listening, reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.).