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Unit 12: Communicating with my world

Day One: Television and movies


  1. Students will listen to a presentation by the teacher about various types of television shows and movies.
  2. Students will identify different types of television shows and movies and talk about them in pairs or small groups.

Setting the Stage (3 minutes)

Per the teacher's request from the prior day of class, each student has brought a minimum of 5 newspaper and magazine photos of television shows and movies from home. The students, in groups of four, gather together their photos and set them on a flat surface, such as a table or a group of desks pushed together.

Input (20 minutes)

Teacher has posted all around the classroom signs (8.5 x 11 or larger, in the target language with English below as in this sample) that show types of television shows and movies:

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • News
  • Documentary
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Horror
  • Science fiction
  • Sports
  • Musical
  • Cartoon

Teacher picks up a sample of each category from the photos that students have gathered. If a sample is not available, Teacher asks for suggestions from the students and Teacher writes the name of the show or movie (in the target language (TL) with English below) on blank piece of paper.

Teacher discusses and describes each photo and writes relevant vocabulary (both in the TL and in English) on the board or on a blank overhead transparency.

Teacher asks yes/no and who/what/when/where questions about each photo to reinforce the relevant vocabulary.

Teacher then tapes the photos under the appropriate sign.

Guided Practice (10 minutes)

Students, in pairs or trios, write a short description of each posted movie or television show. Students are to use the vocabulary that the Teacher used to describe the movie or television show. Once finished, each group posts their description next to the movie or television show in question.

Students walk around the room and read all the descriptions their classmates posted.

Students vote on which movie or television show they like the best by standing up when Teacher reads each set of descriptions aloud.

Independent Practice (15 minutes)

Students illustrate their favorite movie or television show in a three-frame filmstrip format and write short captions for each section.

Closure (2 minutes)

Students share their filmstrip with a partner. Teacher collects filmstrips.

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