Photo by RinuxOne of the most difficult areas of English grammar for Greek speakers is question forms. Unlike English questions in Greek are formed by simply adding a question word to the start of the sentence and changing the intonation. No mucking about with auxiliary verbs and the like.
As a result students need to constantly practice this area of syntax in order to get it right and so here is a pleasant exercise to help do this using film music. All you need is a DVD or soundtrack of a film and the means to play it in class.
1 Ask students if they can hum a piece of film music (give them an easy example such as the Star Wars soundtrack).
2 Students do this in pairs and the other one has to guess the film.
3 Explain to them that they are going to hear part of a movie soundtrack and they have to ask questions about what is happening at that particular moment in the film.
You can handle this in two ways;
A - Choose a well know known film and divide the students into two group; those who've seen it and those who haven't.
B - Choose a less well known film that your students are unlikely to have seen.
4 Play the extract.
5 If you choose a well-known film the students who've seen it discuss with each other about what was happening. The others write out five questions using;
If you choose an obscure film students write their questions and ask each other. Remind them that there is no such thing as a correct answer in this situation. They then ask you their questions.
(In either case make sure you move around the class dealing with any problem in grammar).
6 Students get in pairs and ask each other.
7 If you have time play the movie so that they can see the scene.
You can turn this into a 20 questions exercise. Students then guess the film.