The Big Bang Theory (CBS, USA), “A Time-Share Time Machine”

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The Video

The Big Bang Theory is an internationally popular American sitcom based around five nerds sharing a flat. In this clip, Leonard gets exited about a sci-fi film prop he sees on an online auction site and places a bid without really considering the full implications of his actions. When he is the successful winning bidder and the item is shipped to the boys’ apartment, they get a big shock, with “big” being the operative word!

A fun and inoffensive comedy series, The Big Bang Theory is perfect for most teenage and adult classrooms.

Level and Language Focus

Any learner with a level lower than strong upper intermediate will certainly struggle with the video. Pre advanced and advanced learners will definitely get something out of the video too.

The worksheet below introduces the grammar of should have and third conditional; both connected to the regret the boys feel when the time machine eventually turns up.

Worksheet

thumb A free worksheet is available here: The Big Bang Theory turnitonenglish (Right Click, Save As…)

Availability

Watch the video over at YouTube.

 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, USA), “What is Your Password?”

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The Clip

In this humorous feature, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s crew hit the streets to see how many members of the general public will divulge their password to the world. We not only learn the passwords but find out just how generic the majority of them seem to be.

Level and Language Focus

This is a video that could be used with elementary and pre-intermediate groups, particularly if you start the video at 0:42 seconds cutting off the tricky beginning.

The worksheet is geared towards noting down personal information as a lot of the content of the video is slowly dictated. This being so the video would work well if you have a section in your book on the alphabet, dictation of email addresses/telephone numbers etc.

Worksheet

A worksheet can be found here:

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Availability

You can view the video on YouTube