How to get 10 grammar teaching activities from one video clip

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28 Responses to How to get 10 grammar teaching activities from one video clip

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  2. Hello Shelly, amazing post! I loved it.
    I think that we could also ask our students to think about the future and to try to imagine the same situations (street life) in the future. What do they think will happen? How will transport change? What will people wear? What traffic rules there will be? What sounds will be heard? etc.

    Another idea that came to my mind is (going back to the idea of the time machine) that students can imagine having a conversation with a person from the video, or interviewing a person from the video about his/her life. Then, they could just read the interview/dialogue in pairs, or practise Reported Speech by retelling what the person from the past told them.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.


    • Adam says:

      Hi Alejandra.

      I’m really glad you liked it (I’m not Shelly, by the way). I also think your şdea is great and will be adding it to the post later, so thanks!

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  4. Gaby says:

    Awesome post Adam, I love the video you have chosen I’ll be using it soon, and hope to be able to add more ideas to the task.

    Thanks for sharing,

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  6. EFFIE says:

    Loved this. Great work and I will surely be using it. Thanks a lot.

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  8. Caroline says:

    It’s amazing. I enjoyed it and I’ll be using it very soon

  9. Paschalia Patramani says:

    Thank you for sharing this video and your ideas with us. I’m sure my students will be fascinated when they watch it.

  10. Adam this is a perfect best practice for the EU Video for ALL project. I will be stealing it.

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  12. Tina says:

    Thank you Adam, I’ll definitely use the tips for future video lessons. Alejandra, you also have a good
    idea to bring in future tenses.
    I’d probably add the ‘used to’ structure for a historical clip and maybe use a slightly shorter one so the students could watch the clip a few times.
    Great job!

  13. Ana Maria says:

    HI: I really loved your video and activities. I like all the suggestions about different types of activities.
    Another idea could be to asign students to interview eiher their grandpa / grandma or somene older enough to make them compare their life in the past and nowadays, and ask them which one they prefer and why?then students should agree or disagree with the answers given and justify their own answers.This would lead them to critical thinking.

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  16. Nihal Harmandar says:

    Brilliant idea, Adam. Thank you! I always find your suggestions fruitful. Good luck.

  17. Kasim Koruyan says:

    Adam, those activities are brilliant and suitable to all ages and backgrounds… I will definitely use them in my classes

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  21. Great post. It is such a wonderful idea. Keep going.

  22. Cody LaRue says:

    This is a wonderful idea for any age and learning level. I love how simple the lesson is, as it draws out the grammatical knowledge that already resides within our students. I would use this activity to give my students concrete examples of language usage that they can then associate with their academic language. Overall, I believe this will be a useful activity in boosting my freshman ELA students comprehension of grammar. Thank you so much for the great idea! I think it could even be used in a future writing exercise by having my students imagine that they are students who live 100 years in the future. They could then write the same activity only from the perspective of a future student watching a video of present day teens. They would then be describing their own lives, from an outside perspective. Once again, excellent post!

  23. Danielle Rindge says:


    This is a very creative and inspirational blog! On the most basic level, this blog is very structured and thorough, allowing for a multitude of thoughts in a particular succession. The video you provided is very simple, and I was surprised to see just how useful it could be in creating several grammar lessons. I think this is an excellent way to engage children for their grammar classes as it incorporates proper grammar and encourages creativity. Children often want to be heard and have their “mark” left on their work so that they can be recognized as an individual rather than one of twenty. I absolutely love the time machine idea as it allows children to analyze the entire setting and use every detail to support their story. The multitude of activities you have suggested are very unique and will truly allow children to delve into grammar. I would love to know how effective and successful any of these have been in their execution. This seems like an excellent way for children to grasp the past tense in the continuous, conditional, and habit.

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