Listening and discussing films and books
To allow students to practise speaking fluently in the context of describing, recommending and evaluating films, books and tv shows
To allow students to listen for gist and detail. To review and provide clarification and practice of functional phrases to describe books, films and tv shows. To allow students freer practice in lexical phrases for evaluation and recommendation
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Ask students who likes reading books and who likes watching tv shows. Tell them what type of books I like. E.g. crime books by Agatha Christie. Discuss in pairs what types of books or tv shows they like. E.g. crime, comedy, sci-fi then feedback Then put the pictures on the board and ask students to discuss in pairs what they think the pictures are about.
Where your ideas about the books and tv shows correct? Did the people like what they read or watched? Why? Why not? Now listen to the track to answer the questions. Peer check for confidence Feedback to see how they answered the 2 questions. Peer check to discuss whether they would like to read the books and watch the tv shows. Feedback from a couple of people for their thoughts. Encourage them to give reasons.
From memory try and match the words at the top to the sentences. Look at the first example after handing out the papers. Tell students to work in pairs to complete the task. Play 1.6 for students to check their answers. Feedback from students with answers. Look at the sentences again and say which you can use to talk about a book, a tv show or both
You are going to describe a book or TV show. Choose something you've read or seen and have strong feelings about. It doesn't have to be good feelings. Think about what language you have learnt today and use it to make notes on your book or TV show. Ask for any help with language if necessary. In groups of 3-4 tell the rest of your group about the book or TV show you have chosen. Other students can ask questions if necessary. Swap over until everyone has spoken, then decide which you would most like to read or watch. As a class make a list of recommended reading and viewing
During the speaking task make notes on errors from different students and also positive points. Go through any errors on the board and elicit answers from students. Model and drill any pronunciation errors and stress errors.