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1.en.15 Let’s go to the movies!

youre-in-the-movies-logo-490Year 2014 is drawing to an end and you have already sat the second term exam so it’s time to change a bit. This week we shall watch a film together. Last year we watched 3 films and learnt to talk about them. Here follow the Booglesworld handouts we used to learn how to talk about movies.  (més…)

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2.en.17 Ratings, film reviews and spoilers

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This week, after watching Matilda in class,  you learnt to search information about films in the Internet.  We used two sites Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. There are many more, but these two are a good start. In these sites you can read film reviews written by  critics but also by users of the site who like to post their opinion. Ratings reflect the number of people who actually watched a particular film and gave it a mark. Matilda, so far, has been  rated by 60.549 IMDb users   . According to IMDb users, Matilda deserves a 6’6. First ESO E students thought it deserved a higher mark. A quick class survey resulted in a 7’5. Rotten tomatoes rating was closer to our mark.

In these film sites, you can also find out detailed information about films: cast, director, soundtrack. You can also read synopsis and summaries. Before watching a film, you should not read synopsis that contains spoilers, as it  can ruin all fun. Here is a sample of a summary that does not contain spoilers. (spoilers reveal the ending of a film or relevant parts of the plot, thus destroying the fun and enjoyment of suspense)

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2.en.15 Useful templates from Bogglesworld to talk about movies

Booglesworld is a great website where you can find plenty of materials to improve your English.  in this post you will find a set of templates and models to talk and write about films. We shall work with them in class.  We have finished watching Matilda, haven’t we? You wrote summaries of some scenes. Now it is time to learn how to write a film review. We shall also talk about other films.

Print the set and keep them together in a plastic folder. Take them to class next week.

Homework: There are 6 tasks you have to complete using the templates. You must finish them by Friday 13th December

Are you familiar with the terms genre, plot, setting, climax, review?

Handout 1: Movie terms to talk about films

1.Choose a film you liked and answer the questions

Handout 2: Film cloze

2. Look at the terms  in the box. They are all related  to movies. Can you fill in the cloze?

3. What are the new terms you learnt? copy them in your notebook

Handout 3: a synopsis

4. Can you guess the names of the films?

5. Have you seen any of them?  Which ones?

6. Write a synopsis of the latest film you saw. (not Matilda)