TV and Movies - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
What’s on TV tonight?
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this teaching activity, students ask and answer questions about what’s on TV. Students also learn about different types of TV programme. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students find out what's on TV tonight by asking their partner questions, e.g. What’s on Channel 1 at six o’clock? What kind of programme is...? The students take it in turns to ask and answer questions to complete the chart on their worksheets. When they have finished, the students check their answers by comparing their charts. The students then discuss which TV shows they would like to watch from the worksheet and why.
TV and Film Question Time
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this intriguing 'Find Someone Who' activity, students practice asking and answering questions about TV programmes and films. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by changing statements on their worksheet into questions. The students then move around the classroom asking and answering questions about TV and films, e.g. Have you seen the same film more than five times? When a classmate responds positively to a question, the student writes down their classmate's name next to the statement and asks a follow up question, e.g. What’s the name of the film? The student then writes their answer down on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an engaging speaking activity to help students learn about different types of film genre. In the activity, students also practice discussing and recommending films they like. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students think of a film that they enjoyed watching for each type of movie genre on their worksheet. They then write the name of the film in the ‘Film Title’ column. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. After reviewing the language for talking and recommending films from the worksheet, students discuss the films they like and recommend two of their titles. Afterwards, the students give feedback to the class on their film recommendations.
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Film Vocabulary Dominoes
ESL EFL Reading and Matching Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this entertaining teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching film-related words with their definitions and vice-versa. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and then deal them out evenly. One player goes first and puts a domino card down on the table. The second player puts a domino down either before or after the card, making sure their film-related word or definition matches with what’s on the card. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. The other players continue to put down their dominoes, as when all the dominoes have been matched they form a loop. If a loop is not formed, then the students haven’t matched the words and definitions correctly and they should look for the mistake.
Movie Conversation Questions
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
This useful worksheet helps students to talk about movies. The worksheet contains a long list of questions that help students discuss movies at length. The students work with a partner and practice developing a conversation by asking and answering the questions.
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ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this engaging activity, students practice reviewing movies. Students complete a movie review form, detailing the genre, giving a description of the plot and their opinion of the movie using adjectives. When the students have completed their movie review form, they break into small groups. The students take it in turns to read out their reviews. The group members then agree or disagree with their classmate's review.
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Talking about Movies
ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-Intermediate - 1 Hour +
This beneficial lesson helps you to teach your students about movie genres. The students practice describing types of movie genre and matching them to movies. The students also learn how to ask and answer questions about their favourite movie and how to describe actors and actresses. Students then work in small groups and practice talking about movies using a set of prompts. The students ask and answer questions and also create a role-play about watching a movie.
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Talking about TV
ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-Intermediate - 1 Hour +
This imaginative lesson teaches students about different types of TV programme. The students practice defining different types of TV programme and matching them to TV shows. The students also learn how to talk about their favourite TV programme and describe TV actors and actresses. Students then work in small groups and practice talking about TV programmes using a set of prompts. The students ask and answer questions and also create a role-play about watching a TV show.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this entertaining speaking activity, students play a game of taboo where they have to describe and guess different types of TV programme. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The students take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile. The student with the card describes the type of TV programme to the other students, but the student cannot say the type of TV programme or the other words on the card. In order to do this, the student has to be creative with his/her language and vocabulary. The student is also not allowed to say variations of the words on the card, e.g. competition, competitor, compete, etc. The first student to guess the TV programme being described wins the card. Students continue playing until all the cards have been used. The winner is the student with the most cards at the end of the game.
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The Movie Pitch
ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate - 1 Hour +
In this rewarding teaching activity, students pitch an idea for a film to the class. Students create a plot and an outline by choosing characters, places and events from a worksheet. Students also think of a title for their movie and prepare a short dialogue from one of the scenes in the movie. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a copy of the worksheet. The students choose three items from each column on their worksheet. They then create the details of a film plot and write an outline for their film using their chosen characters, places and events. Students must also choose a film title and create a short dialogue for one of the scenes in their movie. After that, the groups practice their movie pitch and rehearse their dialogue. When all the groups are ready, each group presents their movie pitch to the class, e.g. It’s a horror film called Spooky. It’s about a ghost who..., etc. Afterwards, they act out their scene. When each group has presented their movie idea, there is a class discussion to see which film they would like to choose to be made into a movie. Each group votes in open class and explains why they chose that film. The winner is the group whose film idea gets the most votes.
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