Matthew Haynes Matthew Haynes

Functional Language
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn phrases from movies and how to match those phrases with the appropriate movie situation.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for phrases in the context of movies

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in phrases in the context of movies


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show a clip from youtube of an action movie Have students pair up and decide what kind of movie it is. Show another clip of a scary movie Have the students decide what kind of movie it is. Show another clip of a romantic movie/drama Have the students guess what it is.

Exposure/Test (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Provide the students with a handout listing the phrases. Divide them into groups or pairs and have them discuss what they think each phrase means. Bring them back for WCFB

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

what's the difference between: What's the problem and what's your problem. That's crazy talk

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Have students come to the board en masse and tack strips of the phrases under the picture of the movie clip they saw in the beginning that they feel best matches. Provide each group with multiple phrases as more than one might fit.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Replay the clips one at a time and have students adjust the phrases as they see fit.

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