Students really enjoy watching movies and TV. They get exposure to natural language in a non-threatening setting.
Movies and video provide common ground to students of any international background.
Ideas for Using Movie Previews
Rent any video, and you're bound to get at least three or four previews before the feature film. Here are some ideas for how to put them to work.
Trailers often, give you a condensed version of the movie.� The nice thing about using them in class is that they're short, concise, and provide both variety and authentic language practice.�
On this presentation, you'll find ideas to use movie previews across the levels.�
Film Survey - This survey will give you a general overview of the types of films your students are interested in. (Classroom Handout).
Answer the following questions individually
What kind of movies do you generally prefer? (You can pick more than one.)
What kind of movies would you like to see in this class?
Name three movies that you really enjoyed. For each, give one reason why you enjoyed this movie. Etc.
Film Reviews (In-class Assignment) - After watching a film, students get the chance to practice their presentation skills by being film critics. Though this worksheet was designed for use in an advanced level film class, it can easily be adapted to suit lower levels in an integrated skills curriculum (Classroom Handout).
You're the Critic
After we watch the movie, two students will be chosen at random to be film critics.� Here's how it works: after the movie, the whole class will be given 10-15 minutes to prepare individual presentations.� Then, everyone's name will be placed in a hat, and I'll take two names out of the hat.� Those two students will present on the movie.� Your presentation should be organized as follows:
Provide a brief summary of the film
State your opinion of the movie
What character(s) do you most identify with?� Etc Etc
Internet Scavenger Hunt: Movies
A WWW activity for intermediate and advanced level students. Students learn how to use the International Movie Database, find scripts and screenplays, and more. This lesson will take at least 60 minutes (Classroom Handout).
What is currently the most popular movie in the US?
What is it about?
By watching videos you will: a) Learn real English vocabulary, as spoken by real native speakers. You will learn English words and phrases that are used in real-life situations b) Practice and improve your listening skills and comprehension skills c) Learn proper pronunciation d) Learn useful English language expressions as well as phrases for conversation e) Feel that learning English can be fun!