Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC, UK), “Last Words”

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The Video

Tracey Ullman is a transatlantic comedy sensation, here, making a return to British TV for a prime time sketch show.

This scene takes place in a hospital where we meet a woman about to pass to the other side. The comedy arises as she starts reeling off a list of mundane regrets based around not having posted enough photos on social media.

If your students have access to social media then few will not connect with Ullman’s poignant comment on our obsession with sharing every minutia of our day with the world. Care should be taken due to the fact that the scene essentially depicts a dying person; if you have any doubts surrounding sensitivities that may arise from this subject matter, seriously consider the use of this video.

Level and Language Focus

The video is short and provides a succinct example of how the construction I wish I had… is used. The worksheet below would be a good starting point for a class about the third conditional as although this construction is not detailed, the construction I wish is explained fully and uses the same grammatical ideas (hypothetical past).

The shortness of the video opens it up to a range of different levels starting at intermediate and upwards.

The worksheet features a game but it might not be suitable if you teach students who do not have a good understanding of western “celebrity” culture.

Worksheet

thumb Find the worksheet here: Tracey Ullman Handout

Availability

You can watch the video over at YouTube.

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Starbucks Coffee (YouTube Channel), “Dan’s Everylove Story”

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The Video

This promotional film for Starbucks Coffee follows Dan in his mission to bring some joy (and coffee) to the patients at the cancer hospital where his father was treated. Every Thursday Dan visits the hospital to take orders then visits the local Starbucks and duly returns with the goods, all from his own pocket.

Level and Language Focus

As Dan explains how his mission started he uses would to describe his past habit (like used to) and this grammar is that is focused on in the worksheet below.

The video could be used with levels intermediate and upper intermediate.

Worksheet

thumb Download the worksheet here: Starbucks (Right Click, Save As…)

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