TV and Film ESL Activities, Games, Lessons and Worksheets

What's on TV tonight?

ESL TV Programme Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free TV programme information gap activity, students learn about different types of TV programmes by asking and answering questions about what's on TV. In pairs, students complete missing information in a TV guide on their worksheet by asking questions to their partner about what's on TV, e.g. 'What's on Channel 1 at six o'clock?' 'What kind of programme is...?' When the students have finished, they check their answers by comparing worksheets with their partner. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out which TV shows the students like to watch and why.
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Film Genres

ESL Film Genres Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this film vocabulary activity, students learn about different types of film genres. Students also discuss and recommend films they like from the different genres. Working alone, students think of a film that they enjoyed watching for each type of genre on the worksheet. The students then write the names of the films in the 'Film Title' column. In pairs, the students then discuss the films they like from the different genres using language from the worksheet and recommend two film titles to their partner. Afterwards, the students give feedback to the class on their film recommendations.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive film and cinema breakout room activity, students discuss movies and film genres in pairs.

 

Movie Conversation Questions

ESL Movie Conversation Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free film conversation questions activity, students complete questions about films with question words and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. In two groups, students use question words in a box on their worksheet to complete a set of movie conversation questions. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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Interactive Version - In this free film conversation questions breakout room activity, students use question words to complete conversation questions about movies and then discuss the questions with a partner.

 

Movie Review

ESL Movie Review Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this film review activity, students complete a movie review and discuss their reviews in groups. First, students think of a movie they would like to review and complete a movie review form, detailing the genre of the movie, a description of the plot, their opinion of the movie and recommendation. In groups, students then take it in turns to read out their movie reviews to the group. The group members listen to each review and discuss their opinions on the movie. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out which films the students discussed and their thoughts on the movies.
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The Oscars

ESL Film Awards Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this rewarding film awards activity, students discuss and make nominations for the Oscars. Working alone, the students write their Oscar nomination for each category on the worksheet in the column marked 'A'. In pairs, students then explain their nominations to their partner, give opinions on their partner's nominations, and make comparisons. Each pair then agrees on a nomination for each category and writes their nominations in column B. Next, each pair joins with another pair to make a group of four. Each group then discusses and agrees on a final set of nominations, which they write in the third column of the worksheet. Afterwards, each group announces their final nominations to the class and the other students say whether they agree with each group's choices.
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TV and Film Question Time

ESL TV and Film Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this TV and Film 'Find Someone Who...' activity, students practice asking and answering questions about TV programmes, films and cinema. Students begin by preparing yes/no questions about TV programmes and films from the items on the worksheet. The students then move around the classroom asking and answering the questions, e.g. 'Have you seen the same film more than once?' When a classmate responds 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks a 'Wh' follow-up question, e.g. 'What's the name of the film?' The student then writes their classmate's response 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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Film Vocabulary Dominoes

ESL Film Vocabulary Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

In this free film and cinema vocabulary game, students play dominoes by matching film-related words with their definitions. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure their film-related word or definition matches with the first domino. The player then reads the word and definition to the group for confirmation. If the word and definition don't match, the player must take back the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Talking about Films

ESL Film and Cinema Lesson - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this film and cinema lesson, students learn vocabulary related to films and film genres and practice talking about movies. Students start by looking at film genres. The students write their own definitions for film genres and example films belonging to each category. Next, students answer questions about their favourite film and read out their answers to the class. After that, students describe film actors and actresses and write about their favourite ones. Following that, in groups of three or four, students take it in turns to talk about films using a set of prompts. Students also role-play a conversation about choosing which film to see at the cinema. Finally, the students present their role-plays to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this film and cinema interactive lesson, students complete a range of exercises to learn film-related vocabulary and how to talk about films.

 

Talking about TV

ESL TV Programmes Lesson - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 60 minutes

In this insightful TV programmes lesson, students learn television and TV genres vocabulary and practice talking about TV programmes. To begin, students write definitions for TV genres and example programmes belonging to each category. Next, students answer questions about their favourite TV programmes, actors and actresses. In groups, the students then take it in turns to talk about TV using the prompts on the worksheet. Students also role-play a conversation about choosing which programme to watch on TV. Finally, the students present their role-plays to the class.
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Interactive Version - This TV programmes interactive lesson contains a variety of exercises to help students learn TV-related vocabulary and how to talk about TV programmes.

 

The Movie Pitch

ESL Movie Pitch Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this engaging movie pitch activity, students create a plot for a film by choosing characters, places and events from a worksheet. Students also think of a title for their movie and prepare a short dialogue for one of the film's scenes. Students then pitch their idea for the movie to the class. In groups, students choose three characters, places and events from each column on the worksheet. The groups 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 think of 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 the dialogue. Each group then pitches their movie to the class and acts out their scene, e.g. 'It's a horror film called Spooky. It's about a ghost who..., etc'. When all the groups have presented their movie idea, there is a class discussion and vote to see which film the students would choose to be made into a movie.
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TV Taboo

ESL TV Programme Vocabulary Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this TV programme vocabulary game, students describe and guess different types of TV programmes. In groups, students take it in turns to describes a type of TV programme on a card to the other students, without saying the type of programme or using the other words on the card. The student is also not allowed to say variations of the words on the card, e.g. facts, factual, etc. The first student to successfully guess the TV programme being described wins and keeps the card. Students continue taking it in turns to describe a TV programme until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Film Review

ESL Film Review Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 45 minutes

In this movie review worksheet, students learn what goes in a film review and practice writing one. This activity is well suited to follow a class film viewing. First, students think of a film they have seen or one that they imagine. Next, students write down the name of the film, year of release, director's name, film genre, and the names of the lead actors. Students then move on to write what they think of various aspects of the film. After that, students write a short summary of their overall opinion of the film. After reading through some film review tips, the students use the information from the previous exercises to write a film review. When the students have finished, they read out their reviews to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this film review interactive worksheet, students work through a variety of exercises to learn and practice how to write a film review.

 
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