TV and Films - ESL Worksheets, Activities and Games

Film Genres

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students learn about different types of film genre. Students also discuss and recommend films they like from the different genres. 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 genre on the worksheet. The students then write the names of the films in the 'Film Title' column. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. The students 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.
 

Film Vocabulary Dominoes

ESL Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching film-related words with their definitions. The students are divided into groups of three. Each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is then placed face up on the table. 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. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
 

Movie Conversation Questions

ESL Reading, Matching, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students complete movie conversation questions with 'Wh' and yes/no question words and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students use question words in a box on the worksheet to complete a set of movie conversation questions. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with each group. 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 about their partner.
 

Movie Review

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students complete a movie review and discuss their reviews in groups. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students think of a movie they would like to review and complete a movie review form on the worksheet, detailing the genre of the movie, a description of the plot, their opinion of the movie and recommendation. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into groups of four. 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.
 

Talking about Films

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 60 minutes

In this enjoyable three-page worksheet activity, students learn vocabulary related to films and film genres and practice talking about movies. Each student is given a copy of the three worksheets. Students begin by looking at film genres. The students write their own definitions for film genres shown on the worksheet and example films belonging to each category. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. 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, the students are divided into groups of three or four. Students then take it in turns to talk about films using the prompts on the worksheet. 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 and feedback is given.
 

Talking about TV

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 60 minutes

In this insightful three-page worksheet activity, students learn vocabulary related to television and TV genres and practice talking about TV. Each student is given a copy of the three worksheets. Students begin by writing their own definitions for TV genres on the worksheet and example programmes belonging to each category. When the students have finished, their answers are checked with the class. 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 and feedback is given.
 

TV and Film Question Time

ESL Reading, Writing, 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 preparing yes/no questions about TV programmes and films from the items on their 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.
 

The Oscars

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 40 minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students discuss and make nominations for the Oscars. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students write their Oscar nomination for each category on the worksheet in the column marked 'A'. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. The students 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.
 

TV Taboo

ESL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 25 minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students play a game of taboo where they describe and guess different types of TV programme. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile. The student with the card describes the type of TV programme on the 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.
 

What's on TV tonight?

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this useful worksheet activity, students learn about different types of TV programme by asking and answering questions about what's on TV. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students then 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 would like to watch from the worksheet and why.
 

The Movie Pitch

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 60 minutes

In this rewarding worksheet 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. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a copy of the worksheet. The 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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