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Romcom myths

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Popular culture

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


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic article about romantic comedy (romcom) movies
  • Be able to use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly identify some romantic comedy film myths
  • Understand and correctly sequence the main ideas of an authentic article
  • Correctly answer questions about specific information in the article
  • Write and perform a script for a romcom trailer

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Activities (10)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The article in this lesson describes how aggressive male behaviour in romantic movies can have severe real-world consequences. For some students, this may be a sensitive topic, so be aware of this when running the lesson. Avoid having students get into situations where they are pressured to reveal personal details against their will, and remind students that they should not enter personally identifiable information into EF Class.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Website


Student instructions

Watch the video and discuss the questions:
. Do you think the man is being romantic, or is there something wrong about his behaviour?
. Would you be happy if someone loudly said they loved you in a busy restaurant? Why or why not?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of some of the 'romantic' behaviours depicted in Hollywood films.
Language notes
The 'romantic comedy' movie genre is often shortened to romcom.
Culture notes
. The video is a from the 2003 movie Love Actually, a British romantic comedy in which ten different love stories are told, depicting love in a number of different ways.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair
  • Core
  • Categorization, closed


Student instructions

Work with another student to decide which things you are more likely to see in a romantic comedy movie, and which things you are more likely to see in real life.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate the students' knowledge of the main features of romantic comedy movies.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Sequencing, closed


Student instructions

Read the article and put the main ideas in the order that they are mentioned.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to skim an authentic article for the main ideas.
Students can read the reference material 'Skimming' to find out more about how to read for main ideas.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Study the language in bold in the article. Then match the definitions to the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to clarify the meaning of key vocabulary from the article. This will help students complete the Practice activity.
Language notes


 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Support
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the article about a romantic comedy. You do not need to use all the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using key language from the article.
Students will need to choose the correct form of some of the words, e.g. stalker or stalking.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise reading for specific information.
Students needing extra support can use the dictionary to check the meaning of any language relating to the answers.


 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Read 'The myths of romcoms' and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to encourage a discussion about typical Hollywood romantic film myths.
Have students refer to 'The myths of romcoms', which outlines a number of Hollywood romantic myths. Ask students to discuss these myths, deciding whether they are a good summary, which could be taken away and what could be added.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 21 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to have students write an alternative script for a romcom trailer.
Encourage students to use the key language from the lesson.
Extension

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned in the lesson, and what they found difficult about it.

 
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