Friday, August 28, 2009

ESL: Movie Poster


ESL: Movie Poster - Digital Technology and Lesson Plan

http://bighugelabs.com offers a number of fun toys. The movie poster is a simple web 2.0 toy that is easy to complete, is fun and has a good output.

Make your own customized movie poster.
You choose the photo, titles, and credits. Be a star!

What a great tool for students with low literacy or of an ESL classification. All that is required is an image, a title, subtexts plus some credit text - plus some imagination and creativity.

Movie poster follows the KISS principal - Keep it simple stupid - however a small unit of work can be wrapped around the tool.

Movie poster works well with personal Flicker and Facebook

ESL Lesson Plan:
from http://bogglesworldesl.com/lessons/MovieLesson2.htm

Please modify this to suit the Movie Poster technology and the class context.

Start off by asking the class if they would like to see a movie together. Almost certainly, one student will say yes. Ask them what is playing and write down their answers word for word on the board. You can examine their responses shortly. Then ask them what it is about, again writing the answers on the board. Then ask them who's starring in it and what the critics say about it.

Hopefully, they will be using some of the sentence structure from part I (if you did part I). But if they didn't, you can take this opportunity to compare what they could have said with what they actually said on the board. You can highlight all of the key phrases for talking about movies. In particular you can also show how relative clauses are useful for describing movies, plots, and characters. (It's about two people who fall in love on a sinking ship. Leonardo Di Caprio plays a poor worker who wins a trip to America.)

Next, handout the activity sheet and go over the dialogue. Point out the language that's used in the dialogue to talk about movies. Then write up the table on the board and with the class fill out the table for the movie 'Attack from Planet Q'.


Title/Genre:

Attack from Planet Q

Science Fiction

Actor/Character:

Will Smith

Palace guard

Plot:

Aliens invade China

Show times/ Theater

6:45, 8:30

Odeon Theater

Setting:

Great Wall of China,

Ming Dynasty

Critics/Awards:

Frightening, Entertaining

Best Film 2002 Cannes


Now give each student in the class a movie poster. Ask them to memorize the contents of the poster (without actually memorizing it word for word). After they have had some time to read their movie poster they will walk around the class and practice the dialogue. While they are practicing the dialogue, they should fill out the table.