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Oblivion: Present Continuous


This activity was provided by Philip Rice and it was published on his awesome blog THE ESL COMMANDO. Thanks, Phil, for such a great activity.




Phil Rice is an instructor at the English Language Institute in Delaware, USA. He has taught English for the past 5 years and in the ESL field for the past 3 years. He enjoys using technology, games, and creativity to help teach students English. His blog can be found at www.eslcommando.com










Oblivion looks like a great movie with Tom Cruise. This activity uses the movie,pictures, vocab cards and a worksheet to help students to practice the present progressive tense in a fun, interactive way that is more like a game than just an exercise.

How to use the worksheet:
Download the Worksheet Here  (Please note, it will look funny on the downloader, but in Word it's fine).

  1. Cut and Distribute Pictures to students
  2.  Play the trailer and have students sequence the scene in order (They may need two times). You may want to run this part as a game. First team in order wins. 
  3. Distribute vocab cards and have students place vocab with the correct pictures.  You can run this as a competition as well. First team with correct 
  4. Play trailer again and have students recite correct vocab out loud by stopping the trailer for each picture scene.
  5. Students complete worksheet with fill in the blanks.
  6. Teacher reviews answers.
WORKSHEET 

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - OBLIVION - MOVIE TRAILLER



Movie Trailer English Listening: Present Progressive
Touch his head
Lay on the ground
Play basketball
Fly over Jack’s  head
Talk to Jack
Ride a motorcycle
Sit at a desk
Fall through a hole
Scream at Jack
Light a match
Shoot a gun
Bang on the door
Fly and shoot
Ask the girl
Light shine
Spin around

Pretend you are a reporter, and you are telling the TV listeners exactly what is happening right now on the show in the order it is happening. Use the PRESENT PROGRESSIVE tense.
1.       Jack _______________________________, he  _______________________________, and he  ________________________. 
2.       Right now, an object/plane  _______________________________________,  the woman____________________________________.  Jack _____________________________. 
3.       Now, the red- haired woman ____________________________________, but Jack ________________________________________and he _________________________________________. 
4.       At this moment, the man with the glasses __________________________, but the red-haired woman ________________________________________.   Jack _________________________________________. 
5.       Now, the light ___________________________________ in the room,  Jack  _______________________ a question ,and the planes ____________________________________.  Now, Jack’s plane ____________________________________.



Touch his head
Lay on the ground
Play basketball
Fly over Jack’s  head
Talk to Jack
Ride a motorcycle
Sit at a desk
Fall through a hole
Scream at Jack
Light a match
Shoot a gun
Bang on the door
Fly and shoot
Ask the girl
Shine bright
Spin around
*Teacher:  Cut and distribute cards after students order the pictures, having them match the vocab cards with the correct pictures.  This works on sight recognition of vocabulary. Circulate and assist with unfamiliar vocab



Cut and distribute the pictures, then play the trailer at www.eslcommando.com
Students put them in order.  Then hand out the first sheet.  Have students put the present progressive in the blanks.
* All the pictures are available in the worksheet


KEY:
1.       Is playing basketball, is laying on the ground, is touching his head.
2.       Is flying over Jack’s head/ is riding a motorcycle /is sitting at a desk/
3.       Is talking to Jack/is falling through a hole /is shooting a gun
4.       Is lighting a match/is screaming at Jack/is banging on the door.
5.       The light is shining/is asking the girl/are flying and shooting/is spinning around.

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