Put students in pairs, depending on their level show them either the first slide with 4 photos or the second slide with the word cloud. Give them 10 minutes to invent a Christmas story using all of the words or pictures, monitor while they work and feed in any language that is needed.
Students then read out their stories to the class, discuss any language issues that come up. Students can then vote on which story they liked best.
Then show students the John Lewis advert:
Ask students the following questions:
Whose story was the most similar to the advert?
How different was your story?
Did you like the video? If so, what did you like about it?
Show the word cloud again, have students write out the story of the advert again from memory using the words as prompts. Students then read out their different versions.
For homework, students write the next part of the story, what did the girl do next? How did the foxes and the badger spend Christmas day?
Credit to my colleague Katy Wright for this great online resource.
Check out this amazing site. It allows you to search for specific phrases in a database of video clips from popular films and TV shows, like an online corpus of authentic spoken English. I can see tonnes of uses for this, primarily for presenting new vocab; can’t think of an example sentence for some vocab? Stick it in to playphrase.me and Doctor House, Ross from friends or even a Game of Thrones character will come out with one for you! Below is a search for the phrasal verb “put off”:
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Show the Chucky bus stop prank video until 2:20, tell students to focus on the actions:
Have them report back the different actions they saw.
Go through the powerpoint, it will take students through present participle clauses and perfect participle clauses.
Guess My Job Game
Cut out and give out the job cards on the hand out, tell students to keep them secret from the rest of the class.
Students have to imagine that they are the person on their card; they have been invited to the class to share their experiences with the other students and give advice using participle clauses.
Example: Explorer, Having traveled all over the world, I can say that there’s no place like home. Having learnt 6 different languages, I thoroughly recommend it because it has broadened my mind immensely.
Give students a couple of minutes to think of their sentences, they then read them to the rest of the class who have to guess what job card they were given.
“Having robbed a lot of banks, I have loads of money” “Are you a bank robber?” “Yes, I am!”
Set a film/book review task as participle clause can easily be used to describe narratives, encourage students to use at least 2 in their review.
“Seeing her sister nominated to participate in the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place.”
“Having never seen a troll before, Bilbo was petrified.”
I just came across this amazing set of short video clips which illustrate English idioms literally. Show the first, acted out section students have to guess the idiom, then they have to deduce the meaning.
Update: Pearson have moved their content but you can now find the videos on youtube:
Here’s a little gap fill and conversation exercise I’ve made for the first 6 idioms: