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Christmas movies: A review

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Holidays around the world

  • 80 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B1, B2


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of two film reviews
  • Be able to use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer questions on two film reviews
  • Demonstrate understanding of details from the reviews, including inferences
  • Correctly identify the meaning of key vocabulary from the reviews
  • Use the key vocabulary accurately in a conversation
  • Write a coherent film review with a logical structure and a recommendation

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Activities (11)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to get students talking about things they like to do in the holiday season and to introduce the topic of the lesson.
Following the activity, send the results to students and discuss the most popular options as a class. If anyone has chosen watching holiday movies, have a brief discussion on this and elicit examples of good holiday movies.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity
  • Website


Student instructions

Watch the trailer for The Grinch and discuss the questions:
. What do you know about the Grinch?
. What things can you see in the trailer which make this a 'festive' movie?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss a trailer for The Grinch, the movie featured in the Read activities.
Have students look at the questions in this activity before watching the video.

 

Read: Main ideas

Read: Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to have students skim two reviews of The Grinch to find the main ideas.
Assign the first review to one half of the class and the second to the other half. As the first review is longer, with more new vocabulary, you may wish to assign it to stronger readers. However, all students will read both reviews later in the lesson.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Match the definitions to the words. You do not need to use all the definitions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to expand students' range of vocabulary related to movies, and practise guessing the meaning of words from context.
Five of the words are from both reviews, and the other words are only in one of the reviews. The order of the words comes from the first review. Students can see the bolded words in context in the text assets.


 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Complete the conversation about festive movies with the correct words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to provide practice of the vocabulary in the Language activity.
Culture notes
. Elves are supernatural creatures who help Santa Claus build and wrap presents for the worlds' children.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students freer practice in using the key language.
Put students in pairs or groups to talk about a movie or TV series they enjoy. Students may choose any type of movie or show, not just festive ones. They should try to use as much of the key language as possible.
Have students refer to the script from Practice if they need an example of the words in use.


 

Read: Comprehend

Read: Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity
  • Categorization, closed


Student instructions

Read your review again and decide whether it mentions the opinions about the movie.
Then work with another student and decide if the reviews agree or disagree about the opinions, or if only one review gives this opinion.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to further students’ understanding of the content of the reviews and to practise reading for detail and inference, identifying the writers' attitudes and use of tone. Have students consult the reference material Reading for detail and inference first.


 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they have read about in the reviews, and relate it to their own lives and experiences. It can also help generate ideas for Follow up.
Suggested answers


 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 18 mins
  • Individual, Group, Class
  • Challenge activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to personalize the topic of the lesson by having students write their own reviews about holiday-related movies.
Students should consult the reference material on Writing a film review, but confident writers could experiment with the structure, perhaps using a similar structure to one of the reviews they have read (e.g. starting by talking about other versions of this story).

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

Look through the work you did in this lesson and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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