Vero Reyes Vero Reyes

TP 6: Film Review
Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To provide introduce and provide practice of writing a film review.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about films in the context of reviews
  • To provide clarification of language used for giving opinions in the context of film reviews


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

I'll introduce the topic by telling the Ss we'll be talking about "Film Reviews" and then ask them "What is a film review" I'll listen to 2 or 3 answers.

Gist and Layout (5-5 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading.

I'll show them a film review of Skyfall movie and give them 2 minutes to read it and think "what are the sections of a film review". Then I'll share a Jamboard with them, where they'll have 3 minutes to match the sections to the paragraphs in the film review. To check understanding: What do we write in paragraph #1? And what is paragraph #3 about? The last paragraph is our...?

Useful Language (7-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Tell the Ss that we're going to focus on the phrases in bold. Is one of the best action films. Meaning: This sentence is used to give an________? opinion Is the opinion positive or negative? Is it formal or informal? Neutral. Form: The title of the movie + verb in simple present + adjective + genre film. Verb to be superlative The plot involves... Meaning: We use this sentence to talk about? What happens in the movie. Is it formal or informal? Neutral Form: Part of the film + verb in simple present I would highly recommend Meaning: We use this phrase to give our _____? Recommendation. Is it formal or informal? Neutral - Informal Form: Pronoun + auxiliary verb + adverb + verb in simple present modal

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

Now they have 2 minutes to think about "what is the last movie you saw? Did you like it?" I'll share with them a Jamboard where they have a template to write their own film review, they'll have 15 minutes to write it using the language we saw before.

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

When they finish writing, I'll share with them a checklist. They'll use the checklist to give feedback on a partner's review. We'll do it in BORs, and they'll have 5-6 minutes to do it.

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