Brent Brent

Films lesson, Reading and Speaking Lesson
A1/A2 level


In this lesson, students play a brief game of 20 questions to guess the name of a famous actor. Students then make predictions about where the majority of films come from and skim the reading to see if their predictions were correct. Students read the text again to answer true/false questions about details. After finishing the activity, students learn about vocabulary for talking about going to the cinema. The lesson finishes with students planning a trip to the cinema with a partner, using the vocabulary.


Abc PowerPoint
Abc Global Int, Coursebook, 54-55

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about world films.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a convervation in the context of visiting the cinema


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

Teacher tells students they will play a game of 20 questions to guess a famous actor. Teacher explains that students must use yes/no questions and give the examples: is s/he Turkish? is s/he American? Once students guess the actor, teacher flips the slide to show the picture. Teacher asks, do you all know this actor? what is your opinion of him?

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Teacher tells class that the lesson is about films. While showing a picture of the Hollywood sign, teacher asks, why is Hollywood important? After eliciting a few answers, teacher asks the class, what country makes the most films every year? is Hollywood in the USA? Teacher tells students to discuss in pairs, what country makes the most films? Teacher then elicits answers from the class, boarding ideas and asking why they think certain countries produce the most films

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading task

Teacher tells students to read the text to see if any of their predictions were correct. Once students finish, teacher asks which predictions were correct? were they surprised? why or why not? Teacher has students briefly discuss in groups, have you seen any of these films? have you heard of them? were they popular in your country?

While-Reading/Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with a reading for details activity

Teacher tells students to decide if the questions are true or false. After students finish, teacher tells them to read through the text again to see if their answers are correct. Students compare answers with a partner. Teacher has students read the sentences and answers out loud. Teacher then tells students to work in pairs and rewrite the false sentences as true statements. Students share with the class.

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on movie vocabulary

Teacher tells students that they are going to plan a trip to the cinema. Teacher asks, students, how do you decide to go to a film? (asking friends, seeing advertisements, or reading a review) Teacher shows a picture of a movie theater, labels the screen, and asks the students to label the other areas (front, middle back) Teacher asks students to read the five phrases on the Powerpoint and them complete them with the verbs in the box. Once students finish, teacher shows the answers on the Powerpoint. Teacher elicits other collocations from students. Teacher shows pictures of films playing in Istanbul. Teacher asks students which films they want to see, grouping students according to their preference. Teacher tells students to plan a day at the cinema with their partner. Teacher asks, what are you going to do first? Are you going to read the flim reviews first? where are you going to sit? Students discuss with a partner and present to the class

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