The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them) | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… You might want to see our book excerpt, Eight Ways to Use Video With English Language Learners I’ve written a guest post for Edutopia titled 5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms. Check Out my related New York Times post The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – So Far Movies and television shows can be an effective tool for teaching and learning English (or, for that matter, any academic subject) if used strategically and not as a “babysitting” device. I thought it might be useful to prepare a “The Best…” list resources that teachers might find useful related to using video in the ESL/EFL classroom. Before I list specific movies or shows, I’ll begin by some ideas, and sites, where you can get more recommendations on how to use video in the classroom. I’ve hardly ever shown a video clip for more than ten minutes during one class period. You might also be interested in The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development. Here are my picks: Related
Adele - Set Fire to the Rain (A Capella Cover) Erasmus + songs What’s on your mind? | Film English This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Shaun Higton and the theme of Facebook. Students practise vocabulary related to social media, watch a short film, and talk about Facebook. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Learner type:Teens and adults Time: 60 minutes Activity: Vocabulary work, watching a short film, and speaking Topic: Facebook Language: Vocabulary related to social media. Materials: Short film, vocabulary worksheet and discussion questions Downloadable materials: what’s on your mind lesson instructions social media vocabulary social media discussion questions Support Film English Film English remains free and takes many hours a month to research and write, and hundreds of dollars to sustain. Step 1 Give the students the social media vocabulary worksheet. Step 2 Step 3 Show the film.
Boys in the street The boys are playing games on their mobile devices - smartphones and a tablet computer. They don't seem to be interested in what is going on around them, even though they must be in a sort of an ancient city. It's probably summer, because the boys and the girls are wearing light clothes: shorts, sandals, flip-flops and T-shirts. In this photo I can see some boys and two girls. There are an empty pizza box and a can of Coke next to the boys, so they must have had their meal after an exhausting walk around the city. The boys are sitting in front of an iron gate, between two columns. This photo must have been taken in a city street, as we can see a front of a building and a part of a pavement. Do you like travelling with friends who are the same age as you? Tell me about the last time you or somebody you know went on a school trip. What do you think the boys are going to do next?
Before Sunset: 3rd Conditional This excellent activity was provided by Vera Babat, from Uruguay. Here are a few words she provided us with about herself. Thanks for your contribution. I'm a psychologist with 12 years experience teaching teenagers and young adults. I love preparing lessons using authentic materials. Love films that make students think as it's a great chance to think critically on certain issues. Before Sunset | starring Ethan Hawk /Julie Delpy Just listen to the Waltz and write the lyrics down. Now complete the lyrics with your notes and listen again in case you’ve missed anything. Let me sing you a waltz About this _______-______ ____________ You were, for me, that night Everything I _____________ ______ ______ ____ ___________ But now you're gone You are _____________ gone _________ _______ ________ to your island of rain It was for you just a one night thing But you were much more to me, ___________ _____ _____ __________ I don't care what they say I know _________ ______ _______ _____ _______ that day his book
Movie Segments for Warm-ups and Follow-ups: Body Language There is always space for discussions on body language. These two scenes are perfect to warm the topic up. Besides, they are fun scenes. A. Read the definition for body language Body language copied from Wikipedia: It is a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions and movements. Humans send and interpret such signals subconsciously. B. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Answers will vary from culture to culture, but these are the expected answers. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. C. 1. 2. 3. 4. D. 1. 2. 3.