companions and past habits


Today we’ve started the class with a listening (comprehension) video from CNN Video Activities collection. We’ve watched and listen to a video (three times) titled Pampering Your Pet.

Main Entry: pam·per
Pronunciation: ˈpam-pər
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): pam·pered; pam·per·ing Listen to the pronunciation of pampering -p(ə-)riŋ
Etymology: Middle English, probably of Dutch origin; akin to Dutch dialect pamperen to pamper
Date: 14th century

1 archaic : to cram with rich food : glut
2 a: to treat with extreme or excessive care and attention b: gratify, humor: enabled him to pamper his wanderlust — New Yorker
synonyms see indulge

Then we’ve done some activities and finally we’ve watch the video again but this time with close captions in English. The video featured a short documentary about how people take care of their pets by feeding them with special food, taking them to the best hotels, taking them to the best vets (vet, is a physician for animals) for proper medical treatments and surgery, etc. spending a great amount of dollars in them.

These are the activities we did:

Think about It

Before you watch the video, think about these questions.

  1. What do you do with your pets when you go away? Where do they stay?
  2. What kinds of treats do you give your pets?
  3. Do you know celebrities that have pets? What are their names? What kinds of pets do they have?

Understand It

Read the questions below. Then watch the video once or twice. As you watch the video, listen for the answers to these questions. Check (X) the correct answers.

1. What kind of treats do owners buy for their dogs?

….. a. fish ———- …X.. c. sushi
….. b. biscuits —– ….. d. chocolate

NOTE: In the video clip there is a woman who shows and describes the kind of food she gives her pet: Poochie, organic food with fiber and without sugar; sometimes raw food diets …

2. How much is a room with a TV at the cat hotel?

….. a. $45 ———- c. $25
..X… b. $35 ———- ….. d. $15

3.cWhat kind of surgery is popular for animals?

X.. a. orthopaedic ———- c. obstetrical
….. b. cosmetic ———- …..d. oral

NOTE: a veterinarian surgeon tells that the nost common surgery to pets is: hips, knee and cancer ones.

4. Which alternative therapy doeas one doctor use to compliment western therapies?

…… a. hypnosis ———- ….. c. music
….. b. massage ——— …X.. d. acupuncture

NOTE: This question could be a bit confusing. In the video clip there are more than one scene related to the question. There is one doc talking about using acupuncture, true, but there is also a dog that is getting a massage and listening to new age music. I think the key here is the word compliment which is mentioned by the doc.

Discuss It

  1. Do you think people should spend so much money on pets?
  2. Talk about your favourite pet.

Write about It

Make a questionnaire to survey people with pets. Ask questions about food, treats, medical care, and about what they do with their pets when they go on vacation. Tell the class your results.

After these activities above (all but last one) we did the complete set of activities of lesson 2C Companions from Student’s Book. The Grammar of this lesson is Past Habits. Vocabulary for Strong Reactions (Our teacher leave the exercises 1-3, p.21, from this section as homework) Reading three short stories about Animal Crackers. Speaking about comparing pet owners.

This is the grammar box about past habits:

GRAMMAR: past habits

Use simple past, used to + infinitive and would + infinitive to talk about past habits.

  • The earl liked dogs.
  • His dogs used to have dinner with him.
  • The servants would tie a napkin around their necks.

Use used to to talk about both states and actions. Use would to talk about actions only.

  • His family used to have a house in Hertfordshire.
  • Not His family would have a house in Hertfordshire

2 comentarios en “companions and past habits

  1. I’ve been doing a little search looking for info about that CNN Video Activities collection … The first two hits were the CNN Learning Sources and CNN Student News/Learning Activities: News & Videos about CNN Student News/Learning Activities.

    The first link is a gateway to two other sites, the old one and the new one where CNN and CBS 5 media channels store past news (mainly with audio attached) and other online resources to help teachers and learners to improve their literacy (i.e read, write, listen, and speak) I wasn’t able to find out the story we watched in class in the online archive.

  2. In lesson 2 Language reference we can find a more detailed explanation of Past habits

    We use the past simple, used to + infinitive and would + infinitive to talk about past habits.

    We often use the past simple with adverbs of frequency (e.g. every year, normally, on Sundays)

    * Every night he and his dogs sat down to dinner together.

    We can use used to + infinitive to talk about both past states and habitual past actions.

    * Each dog used to have its own personal servant (state)
    * He used to wear a different pair of shoes every day. (action)

    We can also use would + infinitive to talk about habitual past actions.

    * He would drive in his carriage with half a dozen dogs inside.

    We cannot use would + infinitive to talk about states.

    * Adolphus Cooke would be a firm believer in reincarnation.

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