Grade: all
Subject: Language

#1551. Fun with Video #1

Language, level: all
Posted Tue Feb 1 21:30:02 PST 2000 by Thad Schmenk (
Matsuyama Board of Education, Japan
Materials Required: a home-made video
Activity Time: 10-15 min.
Concepts Taught: practicing present and future tenses

Fun with Video #1.
(Activity, about 15 minutes.)
1. The students will practice using the future tense by verbally predicting what will happen next on the video.
2. The students will practice using the past tense by verbally describing what actually took place on the video.

1. First, make sure that your class has a TV and VCR available to them. And make sure that there is a remote or at least a pause button.
2. Then, you have to create a video tape. I suggest you film yourself or a friend doing several daily activities. (For example, getting up in the morning, making dinner, going to bed) Or video tape the daily life of a student at your school. (For example, the students getting off the bus, going into school, going to the classroom, preparing for the dayc..) Your video should include about 10 or more separate and complete steps in doing a task.
3. Show the first segment to your class. Pause the tape. Ask the class some warm up questions. For example, who is this? Where is he/she? What are they doing?
4. Now, ask your students what they think the person in the video will do next.
5. Let the tape play only as long as needed so that the students see the next complete action. Were the students right? Ask the students what action took place.
6. Now, ask the students again what they think the person in the video will do next. Let them see it, then ask them what happened. Do this for the rest of the video or until you see fit to end the activity.

Extension Activities:
You could have the students write about what they did so far today and what they will do for the rest of the day.