David J. Lyndon David J. Lyndon

Teaching Practice 7 - Filmgoers vocabulary
A2 level


In this lesson we will introduce vocabulary to the students concerning movies and movie-going through reading reviews. We will gain understanding of meaning, show the form and practice the pronunciation together.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of movie genres and simple adjectives in the context of movies.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about consumer reviews in the context of movies.


Warmer/Lead-in (1-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

There will be five movie posters displayed on the board. These will already have been displayed in the previous lesson. I will ask the students to discuss with a partner which one they would like to see.

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

I will explain that the teachers all went to see different movies last night. They then wrote a quick review. I will ask the students to quickly skim the sentences and circle the happy face or the sad face depending on if the teachers liked or didn't like the movie. I will give the students 2 minutes. ICQ: Reading every word? (No) Reading all the sentences? (Yes) I will hand out the reading worksheet.

Highlighting (8-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I will ask the students to work in pairs and spend 4 minutes underlining the types of movies and circle the words that describe them. I will model using the first example of a comedy that is funny. ICQ: How many people in a pair? (2) What will you do with the types of movie? (underline) Will you underline the describing words? (No, circle) As they finish I will ask the stronger students to feedback using the board. They will put the right names, genres and descriptors with the right pictures to check, and to give the answers to the weaker students.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

I will ask the students to think of examples of films for each of the descriptors. As they are speaking I will monitor them for the following things: pronunciation form meaning examples I can use. After 3 minutes I will ask them to stop and move onto the next stage. ICQ: Will you talk to your partner? (Yes) Will you write anything? (No)

Clarification (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

I will fit the examples into the following model: _____film______ is a ______genre________. It is a _____descriptor______ film. We will then practice saying this paying attention to any particular problems. I expect to have to correct form wıth a/an, pronunciation of frightening and violent and possibly the meaning of silly.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The students will be given a short questionnaire that they must complete. It asks them to find different people and find out if they like or dislike certain genres. They must also write down why they don't like them. I will monitor as this continues in order to make further corrections in the feedback session. ICQ: Will you talk to the same person? (No) Will you write down the name of each person? (Yes) Will you write down why they like or don't like each genre? (Yes)

Correction (3-5 minutes) • To correct any problems with meaning, form or pronunciation observed in the last stage.

From the front, draw students attention to any issues in the last stage. Paying particular attention to articles, pronunciation and parts of speech.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

In this final part I will ask the students to work in pairs to decide which movies the teachers should see next weekend. They will have five minutes to come up with some recommendations for us, and then they will be asked to share their thoughts. ICQ: Who will you talk to? (My partner) Who is going to watch movies? (The teachers) What will you recommend to them? (A movie)

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