Film English in the language classroom by Kieran Donaghy

Strangers

Theme: RACISM
Students practise speaking and writing. Language level: Intermediate (B1),
Teens and adults Time: 90 minutes Activity. Language: present+past

A Thousand Words

Theme: IMAGES
Students practise speaking, writing and idiomatic expressions. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1) Learner type: Teens and adults Time: 90 minutes Activity.
Language: Idiomatic expressions and going to + infinitive

Psycho

Theme: Film genres, favourite films and Albert Hitchcock
Students practise speaking about films, listening, film vocabulary and word order.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2.1), Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Talking about films, watching a film trailer, speaking and writing

Psycho cellar scene


What is that?

Theme: Love and family relationships
Language level: Intermediate (B1) –Upper-intermediate (B2.1), Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching short film clip, discussing quotes about love and speaking love
Language: Vocabulary related to love and family relationship, going to + infinitive

Bride and Groom Do Something Unbelievable on Their Wedding Day

The Journey

Theme: Journeys and Christmas
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1) Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching short film, completing the lyrics of a song, speaking and writing
Language: Narrative tenses, prepositions and vocabulary related to Christmas

If at first you don't succeed...

Theme: Physical appearance, intelligence and persistence
Language level: Intermediate (A2) – Upper intermediate (B2) Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Describing a photo, watching a short film and speaking
Language: Adjectives to describe a person’s appearance and character, and expressions related to intelligence

Coca-Cola ad

Theme: Healthy lifestyles, eating and adverts
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, reading a press release, speaking and writing
Language: Food vocabulary, lifestyle vocabulary and comparatives


Validation

Theme: Paying compliments and being positive
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1) Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching short film, speaking reading and writing
Language: Positive adjectives and compliments

Fear of Flying


Theme: Fears
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Dictation, watching a short film, speaking and writing
Language: Adjectives+prepositions

Signs

Theme: Communication
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1) Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Speaking about communication, watching a short film and writing a composition
Language: Vocabulary related to different types of communication


Moments

Theme: Homelessness
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1) Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Writing a story, watching a short film and speaking
Language: Vocabulary to describe appearance, character and feelings, and narrative tenses


Soulmate

Theme: Soulmates and true love
Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2) – Advanced (C1) Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Speaking, watching a short film, and anwering an interactive questionnaire
Language: Vocabulary to describe love and relationships

Interactive questionnaire about finding soulmate

Saving Grace

Theme: Hunger and poverty
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching two short films, speaking, dictation and critical thinking
Language: related to hunger, education and non-governmental associations

Lesson instructions
Mary's Meals questions

Selfie

Theme: Selfies, meeting famous people and modern society
Language level:Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Activity: Speaking, performing a roleplay, watching a short film
Language: Questions

Beauty Patch

Theme: Beauty
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Learner type: Teens and adults Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Speaking about a perfect partner using abstract nouns, watching a short film, and reading
Language: Abstract nouns

Speed dating

Theme: Speed-dating
Language level:Intermediate (B1) –Upper Intermediate (B2)
Activity:Talking about meeting a partner and dating, watching a short film, reading and discussing questions
Language: Questions and vocabulary related to dating

Lost Property

Theme: Lost property
Language level:Intermediate (B1) –Upper Intermediate (B2)
Activity:Dictation, working out meanings of the verb ‘lose’, watching a trailer and short film, speaking and writing a story
Language: the verb ‘lose’, commonly lost objects and present tenses

The Alphabet of Illiteracy

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Topic: Illiteracy
Language: Vocabulary related to illiteracy
lesson instructions transcript to song