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A Grand Day Out Student's Book

A Grand Day Out
by Nick Park
ELT Adaptation by Peter Viney & Karen Viney
Student’s Book by Peter Viney & Karen Viney
Teacher’s Guide by Lorena Roberts

Student’s Book ISBN 0 19 459245 6
Teacher’s Book ISBN 0 19 459246 4
VHS PAL video ISBN 0 19 459247 2
VHS SECAM video ISBN 0 19 459249 9
VHS NTSC video ISBN 0 19 459248 0
DVD ISBN 0 19 459238 3

Published by Oxford University Press, 2003
© Oxford University Press and Aardman ™/ Wallace and Gromit Ltd


The Wallace and Gromit films are enormously popular with audiences of all ages so in The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave the Student’s Book activities have been designed so that they are suitable for a wide age range.

A Grand Day Out
is the lowest in level of our three adaptations, and the Student Book has been designed with children in mind, and the activities are more child-orientated than in The Wrong Trousers or A Close Shave.


Wallace & Gromit video           

Age range

Early beginner

A Grand Day Out

All ages, but mainly 7 to 13

Beginner / Starter

The Wrong Trousers

All ages (7-90)

Ememtary / Pre- Intermediate    

A Close Shave           

All ages (7-90)

The ELT adaptations of the videos correspond in order of difficulty to the order of publication of the original films.Together they form a series with a progressive syllabus.

Peter Sallis Stephen Tompkinson

Peter Sallis is on the right.

Stephen Tompkinson

In all three Wallace and Gromit videos, the visuals, music and sound effects are identical to the original versions. However, in the ELT Adaptations the language level has been greatly simplified and a narrator has been added. Wallace is played in both the original version and in this ELT Adaptation by Peter Sallis, an actor famous for his portrayal of a Yorkshireman in a long-running British comedy The Last of the Summer Wine.

The story is narrated by Stephen Tompkinson who starred in the film Brassed Off and the TV series Ballykissangel.

The activities in the Student’s Book are aimed at beginner level. With higher levels, however, the video can be used effectively for revision purposes and the teaching notes offer numerous suggestions for ways in which the language and the Student’s Book activities can be extended.

A Grand Day Out has been broken down into six short episodes:

A Grand Day Out Contents

Language syllabus (from the Teacher’s Guide):


contextualized major structures


minor structures

structures in SB

exploitation of story



(Are you) going (on holiday?)

No (cheese)

can (Where can we go?)

made of


I like (tea)

Skiing, camping

Wake up!


like / don't like

made of (plastic, metal)

Let's go ;

Let's have...


Present continuous

Imperatives (including Be.../ Don't...)

down, up


Too late!

Let go!

Sorry. Well done!



present continuous

can hear (+ noises)


has got

haven't got

Imperatives(many examples)

ready (We're ready)

Let me (see)

numbers (60 >>>)

have got



has got / have got

present continuous

Questions to be: Are you ready? / bored?


What's that?

That's a nice photo.


I don't know.

What kind (is it)?

can / can't

I like picnics



has got



That's better

present continuous

can see / can hear

has got

It's got (3 wheels)


I've got.../ It's got...

can't (It can't climb)

wants + to do


The money's run out

We must (light the fuse)

What's wrong?


inside / outside

Uses all main structures:

has got, pres continuous,

to be, can / can't,



The Student’s Book
For each episode the Student’s Book contains the following material:

Watching the video
Four pages of activities for classroom exploitation. We recommend allowing a double lesson (90 – 100 minutes) to benefit fully from the video and the suggested activities.


The activities are based around the following viewing stages:

Episode 1 Viewing the complete episode - download sample (PDF)

1 Viewing of the complete episode
At this level it is best to show the students the whole episode before breaking it down for more detailed language work. This encourages students to watch and listen in order to understand the gist of what is happening and provides a context for the activities which follow. There is a pre-watching activity and a post-watching activity for each episode.

Episode 2, Section 1 Before you watch, While you watch and After you watch activities - download sample (PDF)

2 Viewing the episode in sections
Each of the episodes is divided into two sections. Breaking the episodes down in this way enables a better understanding of the story and allows for more thorough exploitation of the language.

For each of the viewing stages there are various activities with different aims and objectives as follows:

Before you watch activities
These pre-viewing tasks have been designed to do one or more of the following:

• pre-teach key vocabulary
• introduce a key structure
• set the scene

While you watch activities
These tasks are either observational activities in which students are asked to watch and/or listen for specific details or checking activities in which students watch in order to check their answers to a previously completed exercise.

After you watch activities
By this stage, students should be fairly familiar with the sequence. These tasks encourage students to focus on a variety of aspects such as:

• idiomatic expressions
• sequencing and narrating events
• comprehension
• language review


3 Watching the whole episode again
It’s important to let students watch the whole episode again, after they have completed all the activities and practised the language. As well as being enjoyable, it also enables the students to appreciate how much more they can now understand as a result of the work they have done.

There are two pages of practice activities at the end of each episode. These activities, although based on the story, aim to provide further practice and extension of the key vocabulary and structures. They can be done in a subsequent lesson without reference to the video, and build on the interest in the episode. With faster classes, they can be done with the Watching the Video exploitation.
Practice activities include:

• Pairwork activities on the structures
• Word games
• Vocabulary building
• Oral chants
• Picture stories
• Spelling exercises
• Number exercises
• Matching activities
• Mime activities

Episode 5 Chant
Episode 5 A chant from the Practice section

Episode 2 Practice- Picture / vocabulary activity; Matching questions and answers; Pair work activity - download sample (PDF)

Episode 5 Picture story and Word games from the Practice section - download sample (PDF)

download Episode 6 Transcript - download sample (PDF) Transcripts
The transcripts have been provided as reference to use after the lesson. Students often like to read the transcripts, make notes and add translations. This is usually done at home and should not be discouraged as any extra work can only be advantageous. However, we would not advise teachers to use the transcripts before any of the viewing stages, rather as a review, particularly with higher levels.

download Picture Dictionary - download sample (PDF)

Picture Dictionary
There are three reference pages at the end of the book. These are bright and colourful and students can write in their own translations. Because of the story content, this is important as the story naturally introduces vocabulary outside the normal range of the level.

A Grand Day Out Teacher's Book

The Teacher’s Book
by Lorena Roberts

The comprehensive Teacher’s Book contains:
• An introduction on teaching with video
• A syllabus chart
• Notes on teaching younger learners with video
• Step-by-step teaching notes for the Student Book
• Alternative activities for higher levels
• Culture and background notes
• Game activities for younger learners related to the syllabus


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