Aug 14, 2017

Batman - The Dark Knight Rises: Simple Past x Past Continuous

This awesome activity was provided by Antonella Amen from a country I love, Argentina. I hope you enjoy it. 

My name is Antonella Alem. I'm from Entre Ríos, Argentina. I've been teaching to students of different ages since 2012. Right now, I am working at a private school of English and I have a group of kids, two groups of teenagers and a group of adults.


A.        Watch the video and answer these questions.



1.         How many robbers were there? _______________________
2.        How did the get to the bank? _________________________
3.        What were they wearing to hide their faces? What type? ____________     
4.        What did one robber put in a man’s hands? ____________________
5.        Where did they put the money? __________________________
6.       How did the Joker leave the bank? ________________________

B.         Watch the video again and complete these sentences using the simple past or past continuous form of the verbs .

1.         A man _____________ (break) a window and then ______________ (shoot) his weapon.
2.        A man _________________ (wait) in the street when a car ______________ (arrive) and he ____________ (get) in it.
3.        Three men ___________________ (travel) by car while they _______________ (talk) and_____________ (load) their guns.
4.        While the three men __________________ (enter) into the bank, one of them _____________ (start) shooting.
5.        One robber _____________ (kill) another one while he __________________ (disconnect) the bank alarm.
6.        While a robber _________________ (try) to open the bank vault door, he _____________ (be) electrocuted.
7.        One robber _________________ (shout) at the people when the bank manager __________ (shoot) him.
8.        The bank manager ______________ (shoot) at the robbers while they ________________ (run) and ____________ (hide).
9.        When a robber __________ (open) the vault, the other one ____________ (kill) him and ___________ (entered) to the room where the money was
10.      While two robbers ________________ (argue), a bus _____________ (hit) one of them.
11.        The Joker ___________ (put) a bomb in the manager’s mouth, ___________ (get) into the bus and _____________ (leave) the bank

  1. Now is your turn to write your own story about a robbery. Use the following questions as a guide and don’t forget to use both past tenses as well as WHEN and WHILE. Write between 80 to 100 words.

ü  Where was the robbery?
ü  When did it take place?
ü  How many robbers were there?
ü  Were they wearing disguises?
ü  Were they armed?
ü  How many robbers were there?
ü  What did the workers and customers do?
ü  Was anybody injured?
ü  What did the robbers take?
ü  How did they get away?
ü  Who called the police?
ü  When did the police arrive?
ü  Have the robbers been caught yet?


Jul 30, 2017

The BFG: Imperative Forms with NEVER

This is a lovely movie about how physical appearances can mislead us into not knowing the real/whole person.


Negative Imperatives Using Never / Don't Ever

Never do that again.
Never leave your wallet in your car.
Never steal from anyone.
Don't ever lie to anyone.
Don't ever travel without your documents.

Work in small groups:

I. Make a list of 5 things that you are never allowed to do in your house. What have your parents told you never do. (Or that you tell your children never do)

Ex: Never play with fire.

Share your list with the class. Check what  task is the most recurrent task  students must never do at home.


II. Make  predictions. What do you think are the three rules all children have to follow in an orphanage. Write sentences starting with NEVER.

III. Watch the segment and check your answers.

Answer Key:

Never get out of bed
Never go to the window
Never look behind the curtains



Jul 15, 2017

Tangled: Adjectives, Describing People

This awesome activity was provided by a reader, Fabiana de Souza. Thanks, Fabiana, for sharing such a creative exercise.

My name's Fabiana. I'm Paranaense but I live in Sorocaba - São Paulo.
I love studying and teaching English. It's something that makes me really happy.
I work at Dialeto Idiomas ( and I use Claudio's website a lot (I'm a big fan).
Enjoy your studies everybody. The magically long-haired Rapunzel is the missing daughter of a Queen and King.  She was kidnnapped by Mother Gothel and raised as her daughter in a high tower in an isolated area. The adventure begins when Princess Rapunzel meets Flynn Rider. I really like this movie and I watch it every single week :)


What does she look like?

 What does she look like?

What does she look like?

What does he look like?
 What does he look like?
What does he look like?


Match the adjectives with the definitions and then complete with an opposite adjective from the list.
Definitions from 

ADJECTIVES : friendly   funny    generous     lazy   shy   smart   talkative

OPPOSITE : cheap  extrovert hardworking quiet serious  stupid  unfriendly

a- behaving in a kind and pleasant way because you like somebody or want to help them

_______________________              _____________________________

b – making you laugh; amusing

_______________________                              _____________________________

c- giving or willing to give freely

_______________________              _____________________________

d- unwilling to work or be active; doing as little as possible

_______________________               _____________________________

e- nervous or embarassed about meeting or speaking to other people

_______________________                _____________________________

f- intelligent

_______________________                 _____________________________

g- liking to talk a lot

_______________________                _____________________________

h- Now watch the segment and describe the characters. What is he like? What is she like?


3- Listen the song again and complete the lyrics. 

Read the song lyrics. Then listen to the song and complete each verse with the correct words.

sprout safe and sound wrong sapling scary fragile

You want to go outside? Why, Rapunzel...!
Look at you, as __________ as a flower
Still a little____, just a_______
You know why we stay up in this tower

I know but...

Mother Gothel:
That's right, to keep you________, dear
Guess I always knew this day was coming
Knew that soon you'd want to leave the nest
Soon, but not yet


Mother Gothel:
Trust me, pet
Mother knows best
Mother knows best
Listen to your mother
It's a ______ world out there
Mother knows best
One way or another
Something will go________, I swear
Ruffians, thugs
Poison ivy, quicksand
Cannibals and snakes
The plague

Rapunzel:                                    Mother Gothel:                   Rapunzel:
No!                                              Yes!                                     But--

sloppy alone large underdressed clumsy pointy immature late

Mother Gothel:
Also _____ bugs
Men with _____ teeth, and
Stop, no more, you'll just upset me
Mother's right here
Mother will protect you
Darling, here's what I suggest
Skip the drama
Stay with mama
Mother knows best
Go ahead, get trampled by a rhino
Go ahead, get mugged and left for dead
Me, I'm just your mother, what do I know?
I only bathed and changed and nursed you
Go ahead and leave me, I deserve it
Let me die _______here, be my guest
When it's too _______
You'll see, just wait
Mother knows best
Mother knows best
Take it from your mumsy
On your own, you won't survive
_________,  ___________
_________, ___________
chubby naive vague ditzy gullible grubby

Please, they'll eat you up alive
_________, __________
Positively _________
__________ and a bit, well, hmm ________
Plus, I believe
Gettin' kinda  _________
I'm just saying 'cause I wuv you
Mother understands
Mother's here to help you
All I have is one request


Mother Gothel:
Don't ever ask to leave this tower again.

Yes, Mother.

Mother Gothel:
I love you very much, dear.

I love you more.

Mother Gothel:
I love you most.
Don't forget it
You'll regret it
Mother knows best



Jun 20, 2017

La La Land: Narratives, Paragraph Writing

It is so rare to see good musicals on the big screen that it makes this movie really special.

Watch the movie segment. Then come up with a story to go along with the scene. 

Narrative writing is formatted like a story. This means all narrative writing has a setting and plot with characters, conflict and resolution, and a beginning, middle and end. Even pieces that are not themselves stories are written with the same structure. Like most forms of writing, narratives have a message for the reader. Unlike other forms of writing, this message is usually implied through the events of the story and the decisions or dialogue of the characters rather than explicitly spelled out. 

There are many different transition words you could use to let your audience know the events in your narrative. You could use first, next, then, and last. You could use first, second, third, and finally. You could start with first of all, afterwards, soon after that, and later. 


Now watch the movie segment and have a narrator read the narrative you came up with as the scene develops. Be creative and imaginative. 



Jun 10, 2017

Pretty Little Liars: Simple Present

This activity was provided by a reader, Nájila Souza da Rocha. Thanks, Nájila, for sharing this activity based on a TV series. Don't miss visiting her site

My name's Nájila. I'm Gaúcha and I live in Porto Alegre city. I have worked with children and teenagers teaching English since 2014 and I love it.  I've used Claudio's website a lot.
I work at The Incompany school (
Enjoy your studies everybody.

1.     Ask to your friend:

Your Friend
Do you have pets?

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite movie?

Do you have brothers/sisters?

What don’t you like so much?

1.     Make sentences about you and your friend:
1.     _______________________________________________
2.    _______________________________________________
3.    _______________________________________________
4.    _______________________________________________
5.    _______________________________________________
Keep secrets
Pictures in the worksheet
She has already fallen in love with Alison.

Her father betrayed her mother with another woman. 

She sometimes steals store things.

She already kissed her sister’s boyfriend.

She keeps all the secrets.


May 30, 2017

The Angry Birds: 2nd Conditional

This is a wonderful animated movie and you can use many of its parts for grammar practice. This one is for the 2nd conditional. 

I. What would you do in the following situations? Talk with your friend and follow the example.

1. You are in line and the person behind you keeps bumping on your back.

Ex: I would not do anything.

2. Someone keeps on disturbing your leisure reading time.

3. Someone makes fun of your looks.

4. Someone wakes you up because he/she is inappropriately noisy.

5. Someone sneezes a few times on your popcorn bag in the movie theater.

6. A doctor uses a tiny rubber hammer on your knee to test your reflexes, but it hurts you.

7. Someone is flirting with you, but when you eventually decide to take action and approach the person, you realize he/she is aiming at another person, not you.

II. Now watch the movie segment and check what Red, the bird, did in those situations. How similar were your answers and Red's reaction?




May 15, 2017

Minions: Transitions - Sequence Words - Narratives

 Watch the movie segment and make notes of some actions you managed to observe. Then write a short narrative, telling the story. Use sequence words (transition words) to link the sentences.


Words or phrases to help sequence ideas or transition between sentences or paragraphs 

• fi­rst... second... third... 

• in the ­rst place... also... lastly 

• after 

• afterwards 

• as soon as 

• at fi­rst 

• at last 

• before 

• before long 

• in the meantime 

• later 

• meanwhile 

• next 

• soon 

• then

Apr 30, 2017

Remember: Be Going To

This awesome activity was provided by a reader, Fabiana de Souza. Thanks, Fabiana, for sharing such an enriching task.

My name's Fabiana. I'm Paranaense but I live in Sorocaba - São Paulo.
I love studying and teaching English. It's something that makes me really happy.
I work at Dialeto Idiomas ( and I use Claudio's website a lot (I'm a big fan).
Enjoy your studies everybody.

The film is about an elderly and incapacitated holocaust survivor with dementia who sets out to kill a Nazi war criminal, who emigrated to North America under the false name Rudy Kurlander.

It's a great movie, which I extremely recommend.

Watch the official trailer and give more information about the movie.

Use BE + GOING TO+ the verbs in parentheses to help you.

What is Zev planning with his friend Max?
He ___________________ (find) a man who killed their families in the past.

What is he going to do first?
First of all, he ____________________ (take) a taxi.

How is he going to travel?
He ________________________(travel) by bus.

Where is he going to stay?
He ___________________ (stay) at a hotel

How is he going to remember the plan?
He __________________ (read) a letter every day.
He __________________(follow) the instructions mentioned on the letter.

What is he going to do?
He __________________(kill) Rudy Kurlander whose real name is Otto Wallish.

How is he going to kill Otto?
He _________________ (buy) a weapon at a gun shop.

What weapon is he going to use?
He ______________(use) a Glock.


What are you going to do tonight?
What time are you going to get up tomorrow?
Are you going to go away next weekend? Where to?


What / do _____________?
What / have for dinner ___________ ?
What / do __________________?
/ go out __________?
/ go to work ____________?