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A strange proposal

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This is a lesson, a rather dramatic one, to help English learners practice talking about the past. Don't worry, everything ends happily. 

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A strange proposal

Teachers: There is a lot you can do with video clips, especially ones that have unusual endings. I often download the videos and then cut them into two parts. I have the students speculate from the first part and then, when their interest is high, I have them watch the full clip. This is a good example. It is very basic and there is probably much more that you can do with it.

Here is a good chance for you to practice using past verb forms. This video is about about a proposal (ข้อเสนอ), a very special kind of proposal. There are two parts to it, the introduction and then the full video. Make sure you watch the first part and answer the question before you watch the full video. Don't cheat.

Part 1: The introduction

Watch the first clip and decide what kind of a proposal it was.

Now answer this question about the photo: What was Brooke thinking at this point? (I have some possible answers at the end.)

Part 2: The full video

Now watch the full video and she if you guessed correctly about what kind of a proposal it was.

Now answer this question about the photo:What did she think at this point? (Possible answers at the end.)

Possible answers

There are other possible answers too, but these are some of the easiest:

Part 1

She was thinking her boyfriend was going to propose marriage.
She was thinking her boyfriend was going to ask her to marry him.

Part 2

She thought he was going to fall off the building.
She thought he was going to die/be killed.

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