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A Film Review
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will engage in writing a film review. Firstly the topic will be introduced and then students will read a review about the film 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Then they will match each topic with the paragraphs in the text. After working on an example of a film review, students will be asked to write a film review of the film they choose.The stages of writing skill will take place afterwards.


Abc Writing exercise
Abc The film review of 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a review in the context of films

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' in the context of review


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

-show the trailer of the film 'Slumdog Millionaire'. -ask students to find out which film is that. -get students to watch the trailer and take answers. -ask students if they have seen this film before. -get students to discuss the questions about the film. " Have you watched this film? What do you think about it? What do you know about this film? Did you like it?" -WC FB

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

-elicit the word 'review': "If I want to read some opinions of people who watched this film before watching it, what should I read? How do we call a report in a newspaper that gives an opinion about the film? (Review) - Get students to work in pairs and discuss the questions: "Where do you usually read film reviews? What is the main purpose of a film review? +to make people want to see the film. +to help people decide if they want to see a film. +to give factual information about the film. Which of the items do you usually find a film review?(plot summary, description of film's ending, actor's names, recommendation, ticket prices, setting of the film, reviewer's opinion of different elements') -Stick all these element on board and do whole class feedback on them. -Get the students to read the film review about 'Slumdog Millionaire' individually and then match each topics with the paragraphs in pairs. WC FB.

Useful Language (5-6 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

- elicit and highlight the elements of a film review from the reading text and brainstorm on these elements how students can use these elements in their writing. " begin your review with the setting of the film and actors' names and then explain what the film is about with plot summary. After the plot summary, write your opinion of different elements' and discuss what you liked or didn't like. Finally write your conclusion and overall idea about the film and indicate your recommendation. Also you can end by giving start rating.)

Productive Task(s) (20-25 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

-ask students to choose a film that they will write about. -Give time to the students to decide. When they decided, ask them to think about their film and make some notes. -Get students to put their notes under the topics on the board. -When they organize their topics, ask them to write the first draft of their review and build their review on these topics. - Remind them they will write approximately between 120 and 180 words. -Give enough time to the students to write their first draft. -,While they are writing, monitor and offer students help when and if they need it. -When students finished, get them to exchange the papers and read their partners' drafts. After reading, ask them to write two stars for two things they like and one plus for one thing to work on. -After peer feedback, get the students to take their papers back and to work on the improvements. - Ask them to write their final draft.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-6 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

-When the final drafts are written, get all students' papers stick on the board and ask all the students to go round and read each others' papers. -Ask them to give star rating for each review. -Give delayed feedback and do some error correction related to the language.

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