Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Do you want pop corn with that exercise?

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One 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.

Lesson Plan

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.

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