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


Buster the Boxer


Animals A-Z


In a heartbeat


Write the following sentences on the board:

My sister is so good-hearted – she’s always volunteering at food banks and trying to help the less fortunate.
I feel terrible for Anna – she’s been broken-hearted since she broke up with Alex.
I was going to take the job in Australia, but after thinking how much I’d miss my family and friends, I had a change of heart.
My girlfriend and I had a real heart-to-heart talk and we’re getting on much better now.
The President ignored the requests to accept more refugees, causing many to accuse him of having a heart of stone.
Laura was studying economics, but her heart wasn’t in it and she gave up after a year.
His parents wanted him to marry the daughter of their rich friends, but he followed his heart and married his childhood sweetheart.
When John broke up with his girlfriend, he poured his heart out to his mother.
My mother’s 87, but she’s young at heart.

Write the following sentence on the board:
“I’d go and live in a small house in the country in a heartbeat.”
Elicit or explain that “in a heartbeat”, means to do something quickly, instantly, without thinking.

watch video (trailer) 25'

Put your students into small groups. Ask them to write the story the film tells using narrative tenses. Help them with vocabulary and expressions as necessary. Set a time limit of 10 minutes.

watch video 4'05

How is the red-haired boy feeling at the start of the film? Why?
What is his heart telling him to do? Why is he afraid to do this?
What is the dark-haired boy feeling at the beginning of the film?
What happens in the school?
How is the red-haired boy feeling when he only has half of his heart?
What happens when the dark-haired boy gives the red-haired boy the other half of his heart back?
How does the film make you feel?
Does the film have a message? If so, what?

Here are the reactions of a group of American seniors to the film. As they watch they should note down any adjectives the people (Johnny, Norman, Robert, Libby, Jennifer, Catherine, Cheryl, and Vera) use to describe the film. Show the video twice until 04:25
video 8'10

Interactive video quiz