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Summit TV Video Program and Activity Worksheets
Teaching Ideas
Summit TV contains two features: authentic on-the-street interviews and ABC News
documentaries.

Teaching Summit TV
PREPARATION
Before you present a video segment to the class:
• Preview the segment to familiarize yourself with the content.
• Review the Teaching Notes to prepare for the lesson.
• Read the video script to familiarize yourself with the language content.
• Read the Language and Culture Notes to be prepared for questions students may ask.
• Review the contents of the Activity Worksheet if you choose to use it in class.

PROCEDURE
The procedure below is the same for both interview and documentary segments. The
interviews are totally unscripted (and feature non-actors) but they were carefully edited
for comprehensibility. A note about authentic spoken language in interview segments:
Since the interviews are unscripted, they represent the reality of how both native and
non-native speakers of English speak. You and your students will note many examples
of run-on sentences, sentence fragments, grammatical errors, misuse of words, etc.
Exposing high-intermediate and advanced learners to this sort of English is valuable,
since it increases their ability to cope with authentic spoken English.
The documentaries include both scripted and unscripted material. They are much longer
than the interview segments, and the scripts were written for native speakers, so you
should expect your students to find them more difficult.
Each video segment has concise corresponding Teaching Notes to assist with
classroom presentation. Each segment also has a corresponding optional Activity
Worksheet, which provides exercises for further practice of the material in the videos.
Following is a three-step structure for presenting a segment.

Step 1—Preview
To help prepare students’ expectations about what they are going to watch and to aid in
their comprehension, ask warm-up questions, brainstorm relevant previously taught
vocabulary, and conduct other preview activities. The Teaching Notes for every video
segment offer specific previewing ideas.

Step 2—View
After a preview activity, play the segment first for general comprehension—to allow
students to get the main ideas. Then replay it several times, focusing students’ attention
differently each time so that students grasp more details. Use the pause button as
needed to focus on sections students have difficulty understanding. Don’t hesitate to
play each segment several times to make students comfortable with the material and to
build their confidence. You may wish to ask students to complete an exercise on the
corresponding Activity Worksheet while they are watching. If you choose to use the
optional Activity Worksheet, you may wish to skip the questions in the View section of
the Teaching Notes. (Complete instructions for using the worksheets are on pages 3–4.)
Summit 1, Second Edition

For the Teacher

you may wish to ask students to complete exercises on the Activity Worksheet after they have watched a segment. Here’s the Ending Purpose: To get students to think actively in order to make sense of what they are watching. These may include any of the following: group and pair discussion. In addition. Summit 1. Captioned Viewing Purpose: To focus students’ attention on language or to confirm understanding.Page 2 of 4 Step 3—Review Ask the comprehension questions provided in the Teaching Notes to guide comprehension and to make sure students understand the main ideas and key details of the segment. To provide extra support when students find a segment particularly difficult. expressing opinions. Written work. Use the pause button to stop frequently during viewing to check comprehension or to ask students what they think will be presented or discussed next. Choose a technique that is appropriate for the segment you are watching. Play just the last twenty seconds or so of a segment and ask students to guess what happened or what kinds of details were discussed earlier in the segment. or alternatively. These may include any of the following: summarizing. Second Edition For the Teacher . Just a Taste Purpose: To practice the strategy of predicting as a way to listen more purposefully. scripting conversations. Then play the rest of the segment so students can confirm their guesses. presenting. Then play the entire segment so students can confirm their guesses. you can turn it off right after a news anchor’s introduction. you may want to try playing the segment with captions on so students can listen and read at the same time. OPTIONAL VIEWING AND REVIEWING TECHNIQUES Following are some popular techniques you can use for a change of pace. The Teaching Notes also provide the following features: Extension Activities These provide optional oral and writing activities to develop fluency. Freeze Frame Purpose: To allow students to stop and think actively throughout the segment. Oral work. Play the first section of a documentary segment and turn it off. Language and Culture Notes These provide explanations of oral and idiomatic language and possible cultural issues that your students may want to know about. You may want to play the segment with captions on at the end of the lesson so students have an opportunity to confirm their understanding. role-playing. Choose “Captions” on the menu. debating. Ask students to predict what kinds of details they think they are going to see. Summit TV provides optional closed captioning. summarizing. interviewing. writing letters or e-mails. describing. For example.

depending on the exercise types on a particular worksheet. Letters Purpose: To get students to actively connect with the content they are watching. Using the Optional Activity Worksheets The Summit TV Activity Worksheets provide a variety of exercise types that maximize the value of the video for students. as one would find in a newspaper or magazine guide for TV shows. ask students to write a letter or e-mail to one of the people or organizations in the segment. ask students to list the things they saw or heard that seem different from their own culture. Ask them to pay attention specifically to what that person says or does. Clarify unknown vocabulary. It would be best for students to do the worksheets in class. A separate worksheet is available for each On-theStreet Interviews segment and for each of the two parts in every TV Documentary. Summit TV Guide Purpose: To get students to practice summarizing effectively. Summit 1. Step 1—Preview Hand out the worksheets. Then ask the different groups to explain the topic from that person’s point of view. They can be used consistently every time the class watches the video. these can be bound together as a guide.Page 3 of 4 Point of View Purpose: To get students to focus their attention purposefully. Second Edition For the Teacher . ask students to think about which person they are most like in a particular segment. ask students to write a very short synopsis. and so on. Another option would be to ask students to answer their classmates’ letters. It consists of exercises that elicit both receptive and productive responses. they can make suggestions. or only occasionally as class time permits. Culturally Speaking Purpose: To get students to notice cultural differences. Then ask them to explain why. either while viewing a video episode or soon after viewing. After viewing a segment. criticize someone’s comments or actions. These exercises should be done while viewing the video. give support to a particular person. Preview the worksheets to see if there are any exercises that require completing sentences spoken in the video. Assign different groups of students to focus on one person each. The use of the worksheets is optional. imagining that they are the person or organization to whom the letter is addressed. After viewing a segment. At the end of the term. After viewing a segment. As appropriate. Have students read through each exercise before viewing the video. request information. Soul Mates Purpose: To get students to make a personal connection to the people they are watching. After viewing a segment. Point out which exercises students will have to do while viewing the video.

be it in groups or as a class. Step 4—Review After students complete each exercise on the worksheet. but the wording of students’ responses will vary and need not include all information provided in the answer key sample.Page 4 of 4 Step 2—First Viewing Tell students to turn over their worksheets and to watch and listen only. Divide the class into pairs or groups and have them go over the answers. Note that the final exercise on many worksheets is one that students complete in their own words. Play the segment once or twice for general comprehension. Then bring the class together and go over any outstanding questions. Step 5—Evaluate Teachers can choose to collect the worksheets to gauge the overall comprehension level of the class. When going over the True and False exercises. Step 3—View and Complete Have students read the first exercise to focus their attention. The answer key provides sample responses to these exercises. Immediate feedback will be the most valuable. using the same procedure. calling on students for answers they wrote. Then have students complete the rest of the exercises. Here are several ways to provide feedback: Whole class. Replay the segment as many times as needed. Depending on the exercise. Go over the answers as a class. and then play the segment. Make sure students don’t try to complete the worksheets during the first viewing. An answer key is provided in the Teaching Notes for each unit. Summit 1. be sure to provide feedback. since the video will be fresh in students’ minds. instruct students to correct the false statements. Another option is to circulate while students work on the worksheets or while they discuss their answers in groups to see if any particular students are having difficulties. Pair work or group work. Second Edition For the Teacher . you can have the students complete it while viewing or immediately after viewing.