My students often ask me if it is a good idea to watch a movie to practise English. And it is, of course, a fun way to practise listening, learn new vocabulary, expressions, functions … This question inspired me to dedicate a lesson to movies. Global Elementary, as usual, comes in handy in this situation! I used Unit 5 ‘Film and Television’ Part 2.
First of all, I started off with a quick brainstorm of movie-related vocabulary, genres, actors, etc. I then asked my students to look at the pictures at the top of page 57. I asked them which type of film they thought those people were watching. Students worked in pairs and then they shared their answers with the rest of the class. Then, we looked at exercise 2 in the Vocabulary section of the unit. I asked them to complete the definitions of each genre with the missing adjective. Students worked on their own, they checked their answers in pairs and we then looked at them together.
I brought in some movie posters. All together, we decided what genre they were. I asked them if they knew any of those movies and ask them to give me a brief summary of the plot. I then explained to them that the quick summary they just gave us is called a pitch.
I wrote on a few strips of paper each movie pitch as in the Reading section of the unit, and posted them around the room. In pairs students had to go around the classroom, read the pitch and match it to one of the movie posters we had just looked at. We then looked at exercise 3 in the Reading section, and we focused on characters and the main problem in each movie. We focused on vocabulary in the text and I made sure they knew all the words and we looked at new vocabulary together.
We moved onto the writing section of the unit and focused on task A. I put students in pairs and asked them to think of three famous movies. For each movie they had to write a small pitch as the ones we had seen earlier on. Each pitch was written on a strip of paper, folded, and put in a box. In turns students picked a strip of paper from the box, read it, and tried to guess the movie. A fun game to finish this lesson!
And as homework, of course, they had to attempt watching a movie in English!