Funny grammar video warm-up: Sherlock Holmes, the grammar freak!

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If you’ve never seen BBC’s incredible Sherlock series, you must! This modernized version shows Holmes and Watson in today’s London, helping the police solve crimes with the aid of cell phones, SMS, the Internet and the like. Watson even has his own blog!

In this scene (right at the beginning of the third – and last – episode of the first season), Sherlock is interrogating a murder suspect, but he’s actually much more concerned about the criminal’s several attacks against the English language!

Different ways of exploring the scene with students (Intermediate and above):


– Before watching: tell students they’ll watch Sherlock Holmes interrogating a suspect, and that he’ll correct some grammatical mistakes the criminal makes.

– While watching 1: students watch the excerpt and write down the mistakes made by the criminal and Sherlock’s corrections.

– While watching 2: after giving students a minute to check in pairs, tell them what the mistakes were in order. Students discuss possible corrections and then watch one more time to check if their ideas are the same as Sherlock’s.

– After watching: students can act out the scene in pairs.


– Before watching: give students a transcript of the scene, but with gaps in the place of Sherlock’s corrections. Students try to fill in the blanks individually, check in pairs and then watch the scene to check. (here’s the transcript and activity: Sherlock – Grammar video warm-up – script and activity)

– While wacthing: students watch to check whether their predictions were right.

If you have any other suggestions on how to explore this segment, let me know and I’ll add them to this post:


4 thoughts on “Funny grammar video warm-up: Sherlock Holmes, the grammar freak!

    livinginwonderworld said:
    December 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

    what s the name of the clip??!!!

      Higor Cavalcante said:
      December 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Try Sherlock grammar teacher. Or you can just click on the link in the post.

        livinginwonderworld said:
        December 28, 2012 at 5:24 am

        The link you have in this post says “the video has been removed by user”….
        I googled “sherlock grammar teacher” and there were too many videos under this name…. can you just paste the link?

        Higor Cavalcante said:
        December 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm


        I’m very sorry but I’ve just searched for the video online and wasn’t able to find it. The alternative I see it to download the episode from the Internet. The episode is the second in the first season.

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