Activity 3
DIFFERENTIATION



What’s on Sherlock?




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PATH
B

Focus on M.

1-B
Spot the words that refer to M’s personality.

2-B
What shows that M knows Sherlock very well?

3-B
What is M’s opinion on John?

4-B
What does M expect from John?

Useful vocabulary: M. looks quite (+ adj)...
It clearly knows Sherlock very well because…
He seems to be willing to... / He expects John to...
We can guess that M...

Read the scenario extract.

A
or
B

Workbook p. 75

Toolbox

Toolbox
  • cross / angry at (adj.)
  • frustrated (adj.)
  • be fed up with (v.)
  • blame someone for doing something (v.)

Language in progress

Le présent be + V-ing

• L’action se déroule au moment où on parle.
• Mais il permet aussi de critiquer ou de souligner un fait avec insistance. Ici les personnages font preuve d’ironie.
Ex : I’m guessing you’re not friends.

Le present perfect

• Il est formé avec l’auxiliaire have au présent (have → ’ve, has → ’s) suivi du participe passé.
• Il permet de faire un bilan dans le présent d’une action qui a eu lieu dans le passé.
Ex : And since yesterday you’ve moved in with him, and now you’re solving crimes together.

Le présent simple

• Il annonce :
– une habitude
– une vérité permanente
– un sentiment
• Formation : V (-s à la 3e personne du singulier).

Exercices p. 9 Précis grammatical p. 277

Let's learn!

Play with Irony

• Spot all the funny or ironic sentences.
• With your neighbour: create ironic statements using the following patterns:

I hope that + present be + V-ing Negative form + V

Méthode J’interagis à l’oral p. 251

A Study in Pink, Sherlock Holmes series script extract, 2010.

John Watson sits. M inspects him with a blank, reptilian gaze. John smiles cheekily back. But under that he’s so angry.

M
You don’t seem very afraid.

JOHN
You don’t seem very frightening.

M
Ah, yes, the bravery of the soldier. Bravery is by far the kindest word for stupidity, don’t you think. What is your connection with Sherlock Holmes?

JOHN
I don’t have one. I barely know him. I met him yesterday.

M
And since yesterday you’ve moved in with him, and now you’re solving crimes together. Might we expect a happy announcement by the end of the week?

JOHN
Who are you?

M
An interested party.

JOHN
Interested in Sherlock? Why? I’m guessing you’re not friends.

M
You’ve met him. How many friends do you imagine he has? I’m the closest thing Sherlock Holmes is capable of having to a friend.

JOHN
And what’s that?

M
An enemy.
JOHN (Almost laughs)
An enemy?

M
In his mind, certainly. If you asked him he’d probably say his arch enemy. He does love to be dramatic.

JOHN
Well thank God you’re above all that.
John’s phone has beeped. He has pulled it out and now glances at it. A text:
BAKER STREET. COME AT ONCE IF CONVENIENT. SH. 
 
M
I hope I’m not distracting you.

JOHN
Not distracting me at all, no.

M
Do you plan to continue your association with Sherlock Holmes?

JOHN
Far as I remember, and I could be wrong, but I thinkthat’s none of your business.

M
It could be.

JOHN
It really couldn’t.

M
If you do move in to Baker Street, I would be happy to pay you a meaningful sum of money, on a regular basis, to... ease your way.

JOHN
Why?

M
Because you’re not a rich man.

JOHN
In exchange for what?

M
Information. Nothing indiscreet, nothing you’d feel uncomfortable with. Just... tell me what he’s up to.

JOHN
Why?
A silence. The wintriest smile from M.

M
I worry about him. Constantly.

JOHN
That’s nice of you.

M
But I would prefer, for various reasons, that my concern went... unmentioned. We have what you might call, a difficult relationship.

A silence. John looks at him, stonily. His phone beeps at him again. He looks at it. Another text.
IF INCONVENIENT COME ANYWAY

A Study in Pink, Sherlock Holmes series script extract, 2010.


Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss filming for 
the Sherlock HolmesTV series in London, 2011.
Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss filming for the Sherlock Holmes TV series in London, 2011.

Over to you!

Write an alternative scene to the scenario

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 3
!

After their meeting, John begins to think that M is right and that Sherlock can be a dangerous man. So he refuses to obey Holmes. Write the text message dialogue that follows between Sherlock and John.

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other character.

5
Compare the two characters. Do you prefer one of them? Why?


6
Who is the most ironic character?

Useful vocabulary: They are quite different / similar in the sense that…
The character of… appeals to me because… I like the way he…
I find his humour quite (+ adj)…
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PATH
A

Focus on John.

1-A
Spot the words that refer to John’s personality.

2-A
How long has John known Sherlock?

3-A
What is John’s opinion on M?

4-A
What can be the “happy announcement”?

Useful vocabulary: John is quite (+ adj)…
He apparently trusts / doesn’t trust…
He is very ironical / suspicious / interested…
We can see that he uses…

Tips

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