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Lesson Plan: Films

Mixing traditional and modern teaching? What’s the right balance? That’s a hot issue and one I haven’t yet found the answer to but I feel that there’s nothing like the interaction between teachers and students or students among themselves.
In this lesson plan Focus on Films I’ve combined both traditional teaching and new technologies. I’ve even published one exercise Film Genres that I’d rather do with my students in class with them taking an active role in their learning process. You choose but what comes below  is how I  definitely plan to do it with my students.

I ‘ve prepared one set of blue strips of paper with the names of famous films and another set of green coloured strips with film genres. All in all I’ve written 10 strips of paper and then placed them on my table. Students will then come up to my table and do the matching exercise using blue-tack to stick the strips on the blackboard. I’m planning to revise  by showing them only the films and then only the genres.

On the other hand, there is another exercise in this lesson plan where, if I were a student, I’d definitely choose to do using a computer and I’m referring to the brainstorming exercise we normally do on the blackboard. Well,  I’ve had a lot of fun ( and also wasted a lot of time ) doing this brainstorming  about films with this little application called Simple Diagrams, which I highly recommend (mainly because it’s free)

It must have been sheer luck that I bumped into this cool site only last week, just when I was gathering material to use  in the FILMS lesson.

This site has been nominated as one of the 50 best sites in 2010 and it contains about 12.000 film snippets that can be searched by genre, director, props, setting…etc. Isn’t it just unbelievable that you can even choose Action  and under this category choose whether you want a clip with a cough or a bump or a cry? Isn’t it just as amazing that you can choose the clip by Mood; do you want something inspiring,creepy or maybe funny?

The whole lesson, designed for intermediate students, comes with Vocabulary, Reading, Listening and Writing exercises. Click HERE to do it

Film mistakes,goofs and bloopers

Have no fear of perfection- you’ll never reach it! Salvador Dalí

We all make mistakes from time to time, don’t we? But of course! We are all humans after all. Sometimes the mistakes we make are not too significant, some other times they are pretty serious but the good thing is that we always learn from our mistakes, don’t we? Well, there are, of course, those who think they can do nothing wrong and those who never do anything and therefore, never make mistakes! But me, I am willing to make the  mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them.

Today we are going to put all our attention on film mistakes. The film industry is a huge industry and everybody working there has a role to fulfil, from film makers, to production crews and many more. What is more, there is usually a lot of money involved in making a film. However, film mistakes are there for everybody to see.

Have you ever thought how much work goes behind the scenes in order to make a film as realistic and authentic as possible? Unfortunately, no matter how hard people working in the film industry try, mistakes which they should have noticed always manage to turn up. Even worse, when the film is released, there are people who actually make a point of looking for these mistakes. Are you one of these?

Train your ability to spot these  mistakes by watching this video. There are six films and in “Gladiator” there are two mistakes.  Click here to see the ANSWERS