Tag Archives: EFL

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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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

 

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.

 

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

tvseries4learning@gmail.com.

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

tvseries4learning@gmail.com.

Hello, world!

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.).

The blog was highly inspired by the successful blog Movie Segments to Assess Grammar goals, managed and written by Brazilian EFL teacher and blogger Cláudio Azevedo.

The first activities will be published in January 2016.