ELL Guide

A guide for ELL (English Language Learners) at the University of Maine at Augusta

Beside(s) the Point (Season 1, Episode 3)

Watch The ELL Zone's Season 1, Episode 3:  Beside(s) the Point

Interact with Episode 3

In order to better use The ELL Zone to help improve your English, it is a good idea to engage with the episodes.  

Here are some activities to help you interact with the episode "Beside(s) the Point":

 

Questions

1) How many times is "beside" used in the episode?  

2) How many times does the animated Host say "beside"? 

3) How many times does the Prof say "beside"? 

4)  How many times does the Student Group Leader say "beside"? 

5) How many times does Sarah, the University Dietician, say "beside"?

6) How many times is "besides" used in the episode?  

7) How many times does the animated Host say "besides"? 

8)  How many times does the Prof say "besides"? 

9)  How many times does the Student Group Leader say "besides"? 

10 )How many times does Sarah, the University Dietician, say "besides"?

11) What does the acronym SLEEP–the name of the student group–stand for in the episode?  

12) Why does Sarah, the University Dietician, become frustrated in the episode?  

13) What is the “self-control” exercise?  

14) Towards the beginning of the episode (from the 1 minute and 7 second mark to the 1 minute and 17 second mark) the animated Host is in the gym.  There is another episode of The ELL Zone playing in the background while the Host is talking.  What episode of The ELL Zone is it?  

15) After the credits, what food item is The ELL Zone spelled out with?   

 

Summarize the plot of this episode:  

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Write Your Own Sentence Using "beside":   

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Write Your Own Sentence Using "besides": 

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"Beside(s) the Point" Handout Answer Key

You can check your answers to the above questions here:  

Questions

1) How many times is "beside" used in the episode?  

18

2) How many times does the animated Host say "beside"? 

15

3) How many times does the Prof say "beside"? 

2

4)  How many times does the Student Group Leader say "beside"? 

0

5) How many times does Sarah, the University Dietician, say "beside"?

1

6) How many times is "besides" used in the episode?  

12

7) How many times does the animated Host say "besides"? 

3

8)  How many times does the Prof say "besides"? 

3

9)  How many times does the Student Group Leader say "besides"? 

3

10 )How many times does Sarah, the University Dietician, say "besides"?

3

11) What does SLEEP–the name of the student group–stand for in the episode?  

Student Leaders for Ethical Eating Practices 

12) Why does Sarah, the University Dietician, become frustrated in the episode?  

Answers may vary, but will be something like: The Prof and Student Group Leader ate the majority of the food she was planning to use for her presentation.  

13) What is the “self-control” exercise?  

Answers may vary, but will be something like:  The Prof and Student Group Leader hypothesized that Sarah had told them that they could eat everything "besides" the cake because she was trying to have them exercise self-control.  

14) Towards the beginning of the episode (from the 1 minute and 7 second mark to the 1 minute and 17 second mark) the animated Host is in the gym.  There is another episode of The ELL Zone playing in the background while the Host is talking.  What episode of The ELL Zone is it?  

Season 1, Episode 2: "In/Into"

15) After the credits, what food item is The ELL Zone spelled out with?   

Pretzels

 

Summarize the plot of this episode:  

Answers may vary, but could be something like:  The Prof and Student Group Leader arrive early for a presentation, ahead of Sarah, the University Dietician, who is leading the presentation.  The Prof and Student Group Leader have eaten most of the food "besides" the cake while they were waiting (Sarah had told them they could eat everything "beside" the cake, which would have just been the vegetables).   As such, there is no food to do the upcoming presentation with.   The miscommunication was caused by the difference of "besides," meaning except for and "beside," meaning next to.  So while Sarah wanted them to know they could eat everything "next to" the cake--meaning just the vegetables--while they waited, the Student Group Leader and the Prof thought they could eat everything "besides"--or except for--the cake while they waited.   

Write Your Own Sentence Using "beside":   

Answers will vary.  

 

Write Your Own Sentence Using "besides": 

Answers will vary.  

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