This lesson is based on a recent post in which I discussed seven ways to get maximum mileage out of video-based listening activities. Before you go any further, please take five minutes to read the original article.
The lesson is suitable for both teenagers and adults at B1 / B2. Feel free to use it as you see fit. By the way, the activities have never been formally tested, so any feedback is most appreciated. Have fun!
Lesson begins here. Feel free to copy/paste.
A Answer 1-3 with a partner.
1 Who are the people in the photo?
2 What do you know about them?
3 What do you think they might be talking about?
B Watch a segment from the TV show in the photo and answer 1 and 2. Use video 1 (scroll down to the bottom of the post).
1 How do they know each other?
[ ] They used to date. [ ] They went on a blind date once.
2 Who was interested in whom?
[ ] She was interested in him. [ ] He was interested in her.
C Watch a few selected excerpts from the video. Mark 1-5 T (true) or F (false). Use video 2.
1. Nicole Kidman and Jimmy Fallon are often in touch with each other. ___
2. Rick, their mutual friend, lied to both of them. ___
3. Jimmy made a good first impression. ___
4. It took Nicole a while to realize he wasn’t interested in her. ___
5. Jimmy wishes he’d married Nicole. ___
D Play video 3 up to 0:33 and read about the weak pronunciation of non-content words. Then watch four excerpts from the show and write down exactly what you hear.
1 Do you remember this? __________ really ____________________.
2 I don’t know. Just get ____________________________ something.
3 Jimmy _________________ you and __________________ over __________________ and…
4 Unbelievable! ____________________________ awkward moments ever.
E Discuss 1-4 in groups. Any surprises?
1 How would you have felt in his/her shoes?
2 Have you ever played cupid with your friends? What happened?
3 Would you have the courage to go on a blind date? Why?
4 Complete the sentence: “I think being married to (celebrity) would be hell on earth because ___.”
F Watch video 4 and notice how Jimmy Fallon reports his phone conversation with this friend. Answer 1 and 2.
1 Which words / expressions does he use besides “say”?
2 Which verb tense does he use?
G Watch video 5 to check.
A. Nicole Kidman (famous movie star, formerly married to Tom Cruise) and Jimmy Fallon (NBC talk show host who took over from Jay Leno in 2009).
B. 1 – They went on a blind date. / 2 – She was interested in him.
C. 1. F / 2. T / 3. F / 4. T / 5. F (script appears on the screen so students can check)
D. Answers on the screen.
F. Answers in video 5. Remind students that the use of “go” and “be like” is informal.