May 25, 2014

Planes: Imperative Forms

This movie is not as good as Cars, but Planes has its good moments too. I used this scene to practice imperative forms and to teach some new vocab as well.

I. Watch the movie segment and try to complete the blanks with imperative forms of the given verbs after watching it..


Useful Vocabulary:
  (two plane racing silos)
 (slalom the silos)
 (roll inverted)

 (finish line)

The flag marks the start line. Across the cornfield,  three silos are waiting for you. ____________those with a 3-G pass. ____________ inverted and ___________, trading altitude for air speed. __________toward the finish line. _____________the silos. _______________into your turns more. ______________your climb and catch him in the dive. ____________your dive now. ____________ it again, one more time. Come on, push it, Duster. ____________this run all you've got. _________________ your radial-G. ______________ gravity work for you.

II. Watch the segment again and check your answers.

III. Discuss:

1. Do you like watching plane racing competitions? What about car racing?
2. Do you consider it a sport? What skills must you have to be a good pilot racer?
3. Would you like to be one? Why (not)?
4. Are you afraid of flying? Does it make a difference if you are riding a jet plane, a small plane, a helicopter or a hang-glider? Explain it.




The flag marks the start line. Across the cornfield,  three silos are waiting for you. Slalom those with a 3G pass. Roll inverted and extend, trading altitude for air speed. Dive toward the finish line. Thread the silos. Lean into your turns more. Begin your climb and catch him in the dive. Start your dive now. Do it again, one more time. Come on, push it Duster. Give this run all you've got. Use your radial_G. Let gravity work for you.

May 15, 2014

Man of Steel: Could x Managed to


We use could to talk about an ability somebody had in the past. We use managed to to talk about a specific event in the past.

          I could swim when I was six.
Last Saturday evening was tough. I felt good because I managed to swim 6,500 meters.
          He could speak French quite well.

           He managed to speak French to the policeman to explain what had happened.
She could design beautiful outfits. 
They managed to design a dress  which pleased that customer immensely. 

However, with verbs that refer to the five senses, see, hear, smell, feel, taste, and with verbs that refer to thought processes, understand, believe, remember, decide, we normally use could, even when we are talking about specific occasions.

I. Talk to  a partner.

1. Imagine that you are a person with super powers. Make a list of five powers you would like to have, ranking them in order of priority.

2. Show your partner your list and come up with five powers you both would like to have.

3. Think about three things that you could do very well when you were a child/teen.

4. Think about one or two situations in which you managed to do something that you didn't expect you would be able to do successfully, but that you actually did.

II. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions using  "could" or "managed to", according to the situations presented in the segment. The segment is about Superman's childhood and teenage years, as well  his adults years.


1. Make list with at least three things that Clark Kent could do (general ability)  when he was younger and that his other friends couldn't.

2. Write down three things that Clark Kent managed to do (specific situations) when he was younger.

3. What can Superman do now that he is an adult?



May 5, 2014

Grown Ups 2: Noun Clauses, Included Questions

I don't usually like sequels, but I think this one is just fine. The first movie had very interesting scenes and so does this one. I hope you enjoy this activity.


Noun clauses starting with THAT - I like this jacket. How much is it?
I think (that) it is $25.

Noun clauses starting with a WH-WORD - I like this jacket. How much is it?
I don't know how much it is.

Some noun clauses beginning with the word THAT. Others with a wh-word (who, what, where, why. how, when, which, whose) .

Verbs describing an opinion, feeling, or mental state

Ex:  assume - believe - guess - forget - hope - know - remember - suppose - think - understand - wonder

Verbs that describe what someone said 

Ex: admit - explain - mention - say - tell


Watch the movie segment and then change the question into a noun clause that starts with a wh-word.

Ex: The family was surprised to see a deer in their house. What should they do to be safe?
I don't know what they should do to be safe.

1. The couple were very scared when they saw the deer in their room.
Why did they feel that way.
I wonder ________________

2. The little girl left the door open in case an animal wanted to get into the house. Why did she do that?
I don't understand ____________________

3. The family needed help. Where could they find some help?
Do you know _____________________?

4. They live in  a place where wild animals can invade their houses. How can they prevent animals from getting into their houses?
Can you suggest ______________?

5. They managed to scare the deer away. What did they do?
Do you remember _______________?



Answer key:

1. I wonder why they felt that way.
2. I don't understand why she did that.
3. Do you know where they could find some help?
4. Can you suggest how they can prevent animals from ...?
5. Do you remember what they did?