Turtle is hungry so he follows the smell of food until it takes him to the spider Anansi's house. She reluctantly allows him in to share her food but tricks him and he leaves hungry. Despite this, he invites Anansi to dinner if she ever feels hungry. One day she turns up - but will she be fed?

This clip is from:
English and Mandarin
First broadcast:
17 March 2009

This clip could be used to introduce food vocabulary. Students could talk about their favourite food and drink and introduce the Mandarin translation. In pairs, students could make a list in Mandarin of five items that Turtle may have to consider eating as he is so hungry. Students can watch the clip and check if any of their items was mentioned. In pairs or small groups, students could compile a set of adjectives to describe the characters and their personalities. Groups could swap lists and say if they agree or not using previously taught opinion phrases or a speaking frame. Students could be asked to retell or summarise the story in writing, through pictures or drama. The English version clip of this story could be shared to assess comprehension and understanding. Were any parts of the story missed out in the students' retelling? Were any parts misunderstood? Note: an English version of this clip is available with the title 'Anansi and Turtle' (animation).