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Serial Taxi

Posted on July 15, 2013 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around Serial Taxi a short animation by Paolo Cogliati and the theme of murder mysteries. Students predict what is going to happen in a film, watch a short film and write a murder mystery.

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, reading, speaking and writing

Topic: Murder mystery

Language: Future tenses for predictions and narrative tenses

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: serial taxi lesson instructions

 

Overview

This lesson plan is designed around Serial Taxi a short animation by Paolo Cogliati and the theme of murder mysteries. Students predict what is going to happen in a film, watch a short film and write a murder mystery.

 

Step 1

Pair students and ask them to talk about any murder mysteries they have read about or seen on TV or in films. When students are ready get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 2

Tell students that they are going to watch a short film called Serial Taxi which is a murder mystery about a serial killer. In the same pairs ask them to discuss what they think they will see in the film.

 

Step 3

Cue the film at 00.04. Show the newspaper headline and ask students to read it. If they can’t read it on the screen, write it up the board or read it out.

 

TAXI KILLER STILL AT LARGE

 

As the futile attempts by the police to catch the notorious Taxi Killer, bodies pile up Stabbatonia, making taxis the most dangerous place to be in our city. As authorities continue their investigations, very little has been uncovered, leading us to believe that the Taxi Killer is very much amongst us, lurking in the shadows waiting to strike. It has been eight months since the first killing, all related by miniscule details, with no clear motives and a random pattern making it almost impossible to trace.

 

Ask students how the article makes them feel and what they think is going to happen in the film.

 

Step 4

Play the film until 01:22 and pause. Put students into small groups and ask them to discuss what they have seen so far and what they think is going to happen next. When they are ready get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 5

Play the film until 01:47 and pause. Ask students if their predictions were correct.

 

Step 6

Play the film until 02:07 and pause. Ask students if they found the ending surprising.

 

Step 7

Tell students that you would like them to write the story the film tells using narrative tenses. Show them the whole film again.

 

Step 8

Go around the classroom helping students with vocabulary if necessary.

 

Step 9

When students are ready pair them and ask them to show their stories to their partner, and compare their stories.

 

Step 10

Get students to read out their stories

 

Homework

Ask students to write their own murder mysteries using narrative tenses.

 

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11 thoughts on “Serial Taxi

    • Hi Gustavo and Sayuri,
      Thanks a lot for commenting and for your kind words. I’m really happy you like the lesson so much and that it helped you learn in a different way.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  1. Can you help me please?
    There are two parts of the audio that i don’t understand.
    First, when she gets on the taxi, sounds like she says “53rd street please”. is it correct?
    And the second is the news guy sayind mtn like “the taxi killer has struck again, killing “missing word” another poor taxi driver”.
    Cold you help me?
    Thanks

    • Hi Allan,
      The woman does say “53rd street, please”. In the news item the announcer says “the taxi killer has struck again, killing “yet another” another poor taxi driver”.
      I hope this helps.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. Used this one today with my Chinese business students. They were a bit surprised at first, as we had been doing a lot of ‘boring’ listening and reading practice. But it was final day of teaching, post-assessment, so it brought some relief and helped them to practice narrative tenses, after a quick review of how to construct them.

  3. Thank you very much!
    I really enjoyed reading your film lessons. They are just great!
    I am going to start using them for my students.

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