Isabel del Toro Isabel del Toro

Pre-Intermediate level


A writing lesson


Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of writing a (short) online film/book review.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Reading for gist and specific information


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

T will ask students to discuss the following open questions concerning films/books: 1. What's a book or a movie you really like? 2. Why do you like it?

Text analysis (3-5 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

T will show a model and cover the different parts of a review, as well as helpful language that Ss can use in each section: 1. Introduction: Include the title of the book or film, the author or director, and your general opinion of the story along with your reasons for liking or disliking it. * This well-written/ informative/ fascinating/ thought-provoking book is… * The film is directed by…../ is the sequel to… * What I really loved about … is … 2. Summary: Briefly summarise the story. Discuss the setting, the main character(s), and the main events. *This book/film is set in….. / tells the story of…/ is based on… *The film starts …../ is directed by…../ is the sequel to… * It focuses on.../ looks at.../discusses.../takes place in... 3. Discussion: Discuss what you like or dislike about the story. Give reasons to support your opinion. *In my opinion/view, … *For me, … *I think/believe/feel that … *It's even better than … *It's not as good as … 4. Recommendation: Evaluate the story and either recommend it (or not) to others. *I recommend/suggest that you read/see this because... * I strongly advise you (not) to … * Everyone/you should see /read this... * Don’t bother reading / seeing /… Some helpful vocabulary: Exceptional / gripping / memorable / perfect / realistic / stunning / superb / well-written / -acted /disappointing / dreadful / dull / predictable / unimaginative / uninteresting As a result/Consequently/Furthermore/Besides/Furthermore/In addition/More over/However/Nevertheless/Nonetheless

Productive Task (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

T will ask students to write their own review of a film or book of their choice

Publishing (8-10 minutes) • Give students an oportunity to share their work and recieve feedback from other students

T will put Ss into groups of 3 and tell them to screenshare their writing in the BORs so that peers can read and comment on them (on both content and on language accuracy).

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T will conduct OCFB (ask for a volunteer or nominate a student to screenshare their work to the class). T will conduct DEC.

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