Now that my students are comfortable with the use of can/can't and must/mustn't I thought I would tackle the modal should/shouldn't. Often I use this during a role play at the doctors surgery, but this time I wanted to take it into a new context.
I decided to look through some video footage online of people making mistakes and then remembered, what about Mr. Bean? I thought to myself; he makes so many mistakes and there's so many things he should or perhaps even could do differently, this may be the perfect place to start to introduce this topic with my students.
Having taught students from all over the world, I find they always seem to know who Mr Bean is, whenever I use him in my lessons. This is always a good place to start, as it's a familiar ground to EAL students.
I ask the students to watch the video clip and note down anything that goes wrong for Mr Bean. Sometimes the students ask for the video to be watched again, in case they missed something.
With a partner students then discuss all the things that went wrong and I write some of their ideas on the board.
Once we have our list, I then ask the students in pairs to come up with some ideas of what Mr Bean should have done. Students then come up with some ideas and share their sentences with the class.
You could develop this activity further by adding in, could have or what would you have done?
Here is a clip you could use: