Tag Archives: TV

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


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




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



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


 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.


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



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.




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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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.