My students like watching films in English. But normal films are too long to watch in lessons and short clips are often too difficult to watch. That is why I turn books into films for students to watch, read and listen to at the same time. You can see a few of these books at my Youtube channel zdendarotesl.
This time I turned Sherlock Holmes comic into a film and I have prepared a few activities and worksheets to accompany it.
I always start with pre-teaching vocabulary. The activity which in my experience is most useful and successful when teaching vocabulary is called Random Repeat. I found this method in the book Human Memory by A.Baddeley and the author claims that it was invented by Tom Landauer and Robert Bjork in 1978. It was invented for teaching foreign languages but it never made it into classrooms, which is a pity as it is one of the most effective methods of teaching English vocabulary.
Sherlock Holmes – Teaching procedure
Teacher writes (or if they have an IWB) a new word on the board and say its meaning in the students´ mother tongue. Students repeat the word several times. Teacher writes another word and says its meaning. Then he/she says the first word in MT and the students have to say the word in English. Then the teacher asks about the second word.
The teacher writes on and asks students to say the previous words in English. The teacher asks about the already presented words in random order and he/she asks only about 5 or 6 of them. However the new one has to be asked about last and only then a new one can be presented.
Once all the words are on the board students turn with their backs to the board and complete the table where only the MT words are. Here you can find the powerpoint presentation of the new words.
Sherlock Holmes 2_random repeat
And here is an example of a table with the MT words in Czech.
Sherlock Holmes 2_random repeat tabulka
Once they have finished, they turn back and check their answers and spelling.
Now it is time to play the Sherlock Holmes video:
If you want to you can ask the students to answer the following questions before the students watch the video:
- Who was killed?
- Who killed him?
- What problem did the police have?
- How did Sherlock solve the case?
And to finish this pleasant activity, here is a game to test your students understanding. I like dividing the class into two groups who play against each other. The members of the same team can help each other, but each time a different person has to play the game on the IWB.