Shona Frazer Shona Frazer

Shona Frazer TP8
Pre-intermediate level


This is a writing skills lesson set in the context of a film reivew.


Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy in writing practice in the context of a film review.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using my own text of a film review.
  • To provide understanding and practice of film review lexis.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show Slide 1 - which depicts famous film posters - and ask them if they like watching films and if they have a favourite - or favourite kind of film. Has Covid affected their film tastes? E.g. preferring to watch happy movies?

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Show Slide 2 - my film review - and highlight the gist reading questions. Set the reading task in open class. Give up to 3 minutes for this. Then FB and next slide - 3 - to ask them to identify the components of a film review.

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

Progress through Slides 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 to look at the language components of the introduction - the plot description - and the final recommendation. 4/5. Introduction - flim genre, sentences to give information about actors, director and release date. 6. Middle paragraphs - how to start to describe what happens. 'It's set in....time/place' and 'It's about ...' 7/8. Conclusion - describe its quality (e.g. funny, scary, moving, feel-good, tense) and make recommendations (you must see it/you'd love it/ I wouldn't recommend it/it was disappointing).

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

Show Slide 9. Explain that students will compose their own film review. ICQs first. Students will have up to 10 minutes to do this alone then go to BOR (in groups of 3) to share their work.

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

Students will be asked for their feedback on the task. What did they find out about their classmates' choice of film? 2 mins. One student will be invited to screenshare their review for feedback and error correction in open class. If time, I will post up other corrections from pieces shared during BOR. 5 mins

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