Darya Kulagina Darya Kulagina

Books and films
Upper-Intermediate, B2 level


The lesson focuses on developing a receptive skill (speaking) through the topic of books and films. Lesson opens with guessing genres of films. Then Ss move on to answering questions and matching synopses with the titles. The lesson ends with Ss interviewing each other about the last film they have watched.


Abc Soars, J.&Soars, L.(2014). New Headway Upper-Intermediate Student`s book (4th Ed.). Oxford: OUP

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of books and films

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the words describing books and films in the context of stories
  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about the the films` synopsis in the context of cinema


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

Demonstrate the video and make Ss guess the genre. Announce the topic

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Give Ss 3 minutes to form the questions in pairs. Make Ss listen the answers. Check understanding of "starred", "frustrating", "put down", "to be hooked". Drill "psychological" and "psychiatrist". Get Ss brainstorm other questions to be asked (ex.2).

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Get Ss match the titles with the synopses individually. Make them compare answers in groups. Distribute the answer key.

Productive Task(s) (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Split Ss into 3 groups. Make them find the answers. Assign questions to groups, make 1 representative write the answer on the board.

Productive Task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Show the names of popular series and films on the board to give Ss some ideas. Make Ss work in pairs by asking each other the questions from ex.1 about the film they have recently watched.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Correct mistakes collected while monitoring

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