This is a fun activity which allows students to recycle regular and irregular verbs and practise writing short summaries . The video reminds me of my dad, also Robert, who is not great at languages but he keeps learning and trying his best. 🙂
- To practise regular and irregular verbs in context.
- To encourage pair work.
- To correctly use linking expressions.
- To write a short summary of the advert.
1. In pairs, the students discuss what activities they do at Christmas, e.g. I spend a lot of time with my family , I eat out a lot with my friends etc. Ask if they ever spent Christmas separated from their family and, if not, how do they think it might make them feel.
2. Tell students you are going to show them a short Christmas advert.
3. Play the video (A Christmas advertisement for Polish auction website Allegro):
4. Ask students what they thought of the advert and what emotions it evoked in them.
5. Put students in pairs or groups of three; give them 2 minutes to brainstorm verbs from the advert, and as they call them out, write them on the board. You don’t need to write all their suggestions, but ensure you have at least 20 verbs e.g. arrive, memorise, receive, study etc.
6. Ask one student from each group to write the past simple form of each verb on the board next to its infinitive.
7. Students write affirmative sentences about what happened in the story using the verbs in past simple e.g. The man in the advert practised his English every single day. He watched TV in English every night. When the students are finished they put the sentences in chronological order.
8. Elicit the following connecting words e.g. afterwards, as soon as, at first, at last, before long, in the meantime, later, next, soon, then, etc.
9. Students write a short summary (140 words ) of the advert using the sentences they wrote previously as a guide. For example, An older man received a dictionary. At last he was able to start learning. Before long his house was covered in post-it notes he used to memorise and study new vocabulary.
P.S. Merry Christmas