This activity has been designed for beginners. It uses a video clip to drill three different tenses: Present simple, past simple and present continuous. The main activity requires nothing but repeated call and response (teacher calls, students respond). The aim is for students to practice the sounds of these three structures.
- Language level: Beginner; Elementary (A1; A2)
- Learner type: Young learners; Teens, Adults; CLIL
- Time: 30 minutes
- Activity: Grammar drill
- Topic: Animals & advertising; Science
- Language: Present simple; Past simple; Present continuous
- Materials: Video; Worksheet
Lesson plan outline
- Write the following verb items on the board: Leave; Take; Get on; Listen to; Send; Post;
- Tell your students that they are going to see a video clip in which an actor goes for an audition in Hollywood. Using the verbs that you have written on the board as prompts, get your students to repeat all of the sentences below after you. Use gesture to clarify meaning whenever possible.
- Show the clip. Note that until this stage, students should have been unaware that the actor is an orangutan.
- Tell your students that they are going to repeat the drill but this time they are going to say what happened (i.e. in the past tense). Perhaps ask students to imagine that Super Chill is telling his friend about the day he had. Go over the 15 verbs and elicit the past forms before using them as prompts for the sentences.
- Use the 15 images in the PDF slideshow (download included above) to elicit and drill present continuous sentences. In each case, drill the present continuous sentences after asking: What is he doing here? / What is happening here?
- Give out copies of the handout (included in the lesson plan download) and ask students to fill in the missing verbs. This serves to provide students with a record of the language.
Wait for; Cross; Give; Look over; Go into;
Take off; Monkey around; Put back on; Eat
* First he leaves his apartment.
* Then he takes the lift downstairs.
* He gets on the bus.
* He listens to his iPod.
* He sends a text.
* He posts some letters.
* He waits for the lights to change.
* He crosses the road.
* He gives his photo to the receptionist.
* He looks over his lines.
* He goes into the audition room.
* He takes off his clothes.
* He monkeys around.
* He puts his clothes back on.
* He eats a sandwich.
NB Your students will want to know the meaning of ‘monkey around‘. Encourage them to guess and tell them that all will become clear when they see the clip.
* First he left his apartment.
* Then he took the lift downstairs.
* He got on the bus.
* He listened to his iPod.
* He sent a text.
* He’s leaving his apartment.
* He’s taking the lift downstairs.
* He’s getting on the bus.
- The advert on YouTube is inaccurately titled ‘Super Chill Monkey’ (orangutans are apes, not monkeys). Ask students to write a fictitious letter from Super Chill to the advertising company to complain. The letter should explain the difference between a monkey and a chimpanzee. Super Chill should explain why it is important to get it right. Alternatively, this activity could have a legal theme – it could come from Super Chill’s lawyer.
- Use the clip for the basis of a webquest. Get your learners to find out more about orangutans. Where do they live? What do they eat? Etc.
- Some people may feel that the orangutan in the advert is being exploited cruelly. This may be an interesting issue to explore. Use the clip to introduce a discussion on the topic of animal exploitation for entertainment purposes.