Использование видеофильмов в обучении английскому языку

Использование видеофильмов в обучении английскому языку

Автор: Андриуца Лариса Викторовна,
преподаватель английского языка
ФГКОУ МКК “Пансион воспитанниц МО РФ”, г. Москва

Работа с видеоматериалами является неотъемлемой частью обучения английскому языку. Данный урок существенно расширит словарный запас учащихся, а также поможет сформировать умения извлекать, анализировать и оценивать информацию, а также прогнозировать возможное развитие событий.


Characters: Phil Conners, Rita, Larry, Mrs. Lawcaster, Ned, Nancy.

Place: Punxsutawney

Groundhog day (February 2) is a festival. According to the legend, if the groundhog, who is the country’s most famous weatherman, sees his shadow, there’ll be six more weeks of winter.

I. Language focus. Study the following words and write down their translation:

actuary – an expert who calculates insurance risks and payments by studying how frequently accidents, fires, deaths, etc. occur  
assassin – a person who murders somebody, especially somebody important or famous, for money or for political reasons  
blizzard – a severe snowstorm with strong winds  
brat – a child, especially one that behaves badly  
chapped – rough, cracked and painful  
chit-chat – conversation about things which are not important  
cross one’s fingers – hope that one’s plans will be successful  
deja vu – the feeling that one remembers an event or a scene that one hits not experienced or seen before  
festivities – celebrations  
flapjack  -a cake made from oats, butter and honey or syrup  
footage – a length of film made for the cinema or television  
grow on somebody – to become attractive or pleasant to somebody after not being so at first  
hick – an awkward or foolish country person  
humdinger – an excellent or remarkable person or thing  
hypocrite – person who pretends to have standards or opinions which he or she doesn’t have, or to be what he or she is not  
jiggle – move about or shake something lightly and quickly from side tide or up and down  
leech – a person who aims to obtain money, etc. from other people’s success  
make up something – to invent something, especially in order to deceive or entertain somebody  
Omnipotent – having very great power or power without limit  
precipitation – the amount of rain, snow, etc that falls in an area  
sharp as a tack – very intelligent and alert  
“tiptop” – excellent, of the highest quality  
versatile – turning easily or readily from one subject, skill or occupation to another  
weird – strange and sometimes frightening because not natural or normal  
woodchuck – a small American animal of the squirrel family  

II. Which o f the following proverbs and sayings could best serve the epigraph to the movie?

Tick those that are suitable.

There is no time like the present. The only thing is the present.

Time and tide wait for no man. The bull must be taken by the horns.

Man supposes god predisposes. Handsome is as handsome does.

Time is what YOU make it. God helps those who help themselves.

It is never too late to learn. Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday but

You never know what you can do till never jam today, you try.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

III. Who said it?

– Whenever I see an opportunity now, I charge it like a bull.  
– I’m a god.  
– Sometimes you have to take the big chances.  
– I’m not going to live by their rules anymore!  
– Tell me, have you ever heard of a single premium life?  
– I don’t worry about anything anymore.  
– Will you be checking out today?  
– Prima donnas.  
– I have friends who live and die by actuarial tables.  
– I’ve been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted and burned  
– You can’t plan a day like this.  
– Everyone worries about something.  
– I always drink to world peace.  

IV. We all need to get something out of life. Rita values career, love, marriage, and children”. And what are your priorities? List them. You are welcome to give some comment.

V. Rita says that as she sees it, “the perfect guy” should be “intelligent, supportive, funny,

Complete the list and describe the man (woman) of your dreams.

 VI. Life is not a game but there are some rules to follow. The main character says,

“It’s the same thing your whole life_____________________.” :

  • clean up your room;
  • stand up straight;
  • pick up your feet;
  • take it like a man;
  • be nice to your sister;
  • don’t mix beer and wine, ever;
  • don’t drive on the railroad tracks.

Enlarge upon the above given list and answer the following question: Do you always try to live by the rules?

 VII. How do other people characterize Phil? Does their attitude change in the course of the movie? Provide the words of the characters to prove your ideas. The following words may help you: “egocentric”, “prima donna”.

 VIII. How does Phil change throughout the movie? What was wrong (if anything) with him, his behavior or attitude to life and other people at the beginning of the movie? Why was he picked up as a victim? Did he deserve it? What did those endless groundhog days teach him?

Was it a curse or a blessing in disguise? Would you like to change places with Phil to have an opportunity to do everything you like?

IX. Very often we say, “I’d like to be able to do this but I don’t have enough time for it.” Imagine you have no time limit what would your favorite occupations be?

What were the things Phil liked to do? Complete the list, ice sculpt, playing the piano, reading

X. Do you ever wish you could have a thousand lifetimes? Of course, it is impossible. You can’t do that. Nor can you relive your life, even a single day. But imagine for a minute that it is possible… What would you do?

XI. Our life is not a carefully worked-out plan. Our predictions may not always come true. Sometimes some “blizzard” or something else unexpected changes everything and prevents us from fulfilling our plans. It seems we get stuck in a groove we become confused we don’t know what to do. And nothing we attempt to do matters … We really have to work hard to make a difference.
But is it worth a try?



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