At the end of this unit, the students will be able to...
- Talk about their preferences in films.
- Listen and understand other people’s likes and dislikes.
- Work collaboratively to create a vocabulary list on films and genres.
- Learn vocabulary related to this topic.
- Appreciate the value of cinema as an element of fun and learning.
- Reflection about a concrete situation.
- Learn how to write a film review.
- To identify, analyse and solve problems and questions through everyday experience.
- Learn how to work with a blog and Google Drive.
- Provide authentic and varied language.
- Bring flexibility to the language classroom, and help student to develop all five skills.
Tangible outcomes: Blog and Google Drive document
- Listening and speaking skills: discussion.
- Grammar: expressing preferences, likes and dislikes in the present and also giving opinion.
- Vocabulary: films and genres.
- Discourse function: preparing a film scene on your favourite genre.
- Strategies: to avoid shyness and stay calm when speaking in public in the case of talking about the scene or favourite films and also while performing the invented scene.
- Intercultural awareness: why people like different kinds of films, relationship between cinema and culture.
3. Cross-curricular issues
- Students should develop a sense of respect and understanding for other people’s opinions and likes.
- Develop critical thinking.
- Use of technology and media.
- Show students a video, ask them about what they have understood and answer some short written questions. (35 minutes)
- To talk about their favourite film and justify why. (5 minutes)
- In groups, they are given different film genres and they have to describe and to provide vocabulary related to that genre. (10 minutes)
- To put in common a written version of the reviews of their favourite films and the review of the scene previously shown in a blog the they create in that moment in class. (20 minutes)
- Giving them a list of words and phrases which we use to talk about the film, to check its meanings. (they could use dictionary). (5 minutes)
- Interview another student (10 minutes):
Q: Have you ever seen a horror movie?
A: Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.
- Match the titles with the genres (5 minutes):
- To write a short scene for an invented film of that genre and to perform the representation for the next class. (20 minutes)
- To vote the best represented scene taking into account the originality, pronunciation, script, interpretation. (5 minutes)
Let’s talk about MOVIES
Speaking practice: (free discussion) (10 minutes)
- How often do you go to the cinema?
- Who do you go with?
- Who’s your favorite actor or actress?
- Why do you like them?
- What’s the name of the last film you saw?
- What was it about?
- Do you like horror movies?
- Why (not)?
- What’s the best movie you have ever seen? Explain why.
- Do you prefer to watch movies at home or in the cinema? Why?
- Do you ever rent DVDs?
- If so, where do you rent them?
- Have you ever bought a pirated movie? Do you think it is OK to copy movies?
- What is the worst movie you have ever seen?
- Why was it so bad?
- Have you ever watched the Academy Awards (Oscars)?
- If so, did you like it? Why?
- Do you watch movies in English or your language? Which do you prefer?
- When you watch an English movie, do you prefer it dubbed or subtitled? Why?
- Movie stars are often paid millions of dollars. Do you think they deserve this? Explain
- Give as many ‘movie words’ as you know (e.g. film, director, set...)
5. Evaluation criteria
The teacher evaluates the students
- To be able to carry out a brief conversation about your favourite movie and justify why
- To create cooperative texts about the different genres of movies.
- To be able to write a film review
- To be able to include the new vocabulary about cinema in the activities
- Originality and creativity shown in the scene created
- Pronunciation and fluency in the acting of the scene
6. Unit assessment
The students evaluate themselves