I love using movies to each English, but they can be too much – you know – too long, to boring, yadda, yadda, yadda.
The Genki English guy, Richard Graham, has a suggestion. Use movie trailers.
What a fantastic idea!
Richard Graham suggests using Apple movie trailers. It’s a good choice, in that the movie trailers on the Apple site are offered in HD. http://www.genkienglish.net/usingmoviesinclass.htm
Below is the link to the Apple movie trailer site. There is a veritable smorgasbord to choose from. If you get a positive response from the students, you could do it as a regular thing, turn it into “Movie Monday.” It doesn’t have to be on a Monday, but you get the idea.
Here’s some activities that you may want to include in your lesson plans:
- Transcribe the trailer and have the students follow along as a simultaneous listening and reading activity.
- Create a close activity from the transcript, while focusing on specific grammatical items, such as contractions.
- introduce new vocabulary and idioms
- Assign a movie trailer to be viewed cold as a homework.exercise. The students view it, write down a few new vocabulary words, and then find the appropriate definitions to share with the class.
- Turn the trailer transcript into a Reader’s Theater script. Then the students can perform the readers theater, acting out the roles/parts as trailer plays in the background with the sound off.
- If there is a song with lyrics? Assign small groups to sing the song to the class as others in the group act it out.
For example, Invitcus http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/invictus/ can be used to teach about Nelson Mandela and apartheid. If you’re a Rugby fan, then “forget about it!” You could springboard an entire mini-unit about the game, history, rules, etc; Maybe you could get a Rugby club going with the students too?
Here is a random list of additional resources:
Beginning, middle, and end
What about A Christmas Carol? That’s another timeless classic, perfect for the holiday season.
and let’s not forget the PPTs!
Then there is Amelia…
Forensic evidence – create a discussion – Is she alive or dead? Let the students decide based on evidence provided by the following sources and then present their position to the class.
There’s lots of rich material to choose from. It can be used year after year once you put the lesson together, so a little bit of work now will pay off in the future…