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A night at the movies
B2 level


In this lesson, students will practice listening mainly and other activities like speaking and writing. The listening is about a night at the movies. The lesson starts with a discussion about film genres. This is followed by an exercise to complete 2 posters for 2 films. Followed up by a speaking practice related to the films' plots and some other details. Finally, there is some free practice via talking about a very popular film. It will be a group activity.


Abc HO 2 transcript for the listening
Abc HO 1 Gap filling handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about A night at the movies in the context of Leisure time

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of A night at the movies


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- I will put students into groups and ask them to make a list of as many different film genres as they can (e.g. comedy, horror, etc). - I will list their ideas on the board. - Then ask them to think of one film for each genre. - Take one genre at a time and ask each group in turn for their suggestion. - Finally, tell students to think of a few adjectives that they might associate with each genre. for example, next to the genre "comedy" I will write 'hilarious", and I will write "terrifying" next to the "horror genre".

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-9 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

- I will tell the students they are going to listen to information about two films. - I will tell them to listen and identify where they might hear the information, and what genre each film is. - PW then WCFB - Finally, I will play both parts of the recording.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

- I will give the students a HO. Explain they are going to listen again. This time they must complete the missing information in each poster. (the info is not always in the same order as on the posters). - I will give them time to study the posters, and see if they can remember any missing details. - Then I will play part 1 of the recording and let them complete the first poster. - PW then WCFB - I will have the transcript for the listening just in case. - I will play part 2 of the recording as students listen and complete the missing info on the second poster. - PW then WCFB

While-Reading/Listening #2 (7-8 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

- I will put students into pairs. Tell them to remember as many details about the plot as they can. They should end up telling each other which film they would prefer to watch and why.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

- I will put students into groups and tell them to think of one very popular film. Explain that they are going to describe this film to the rest of the class, who must guess what it is. - They should give as much info as possible, including the genre, main stars and the plot. If possible, they should also mention the producer, director and any other details they can remember. - When students are ready, PW/GW and describe their film to the class.

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