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Ch 7: Movies & Drama for ELL Students

About This Chapter

It's easy to teach your ELL students about movies and drama with the lesson plans and resources provided in this engaging chapter. You'll find discussion questions, lesson plans and activities designed to get your ELL students interested in drama and film topics.

Movies & Drama for ELL Students - Chapter Summary

This fun chapter covers drama and movie topics specifically for your English language learner students. In this chapter, you'll find:

  • ESL lesson plans for West Side Story, Annie Hall and The House of Mirth
  • Discussion questions about movies
  • Movie suggestions for ESL students
  • ESL lesson plans for film noir, movie reviews and film
  • Drama and improvisation activities for ESL students

Our professional instructors have created these teacher resources specifically for the unique needs of ESL students. Feel free to access these fun resources on your mobile phone, computer or tablet for completely convenient and flexible lesson planning.

How It Helps

  • Gets your students involved: Our drama and improv activities help you put drama learning into action by engaging your students and getting them excited about the subject.
  • Targets specific films: It's easy to teach your ESL students about the messages and themes of classic films like Annie Hall and West Side Story with the lesson plans provided here.
  • Provides suggestions: If you're unsure which films to show your ESL classes, our lesson on movies for ESL students offers suggestions and tips for holding a successful film showing in your class with an impactful movie.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning movies and drama lessons for ELL students easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific movies and drama topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your movies and drama class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related movies and drama lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important movies and drama concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant movies and drama-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

12 Lessons in Chapter 7: Movies & Drama for ELL Students
ESL Film Lesson Plan

1. ESL Film Lesson Plan

The activities in this lesson plan will engage your English Language Learners in learning film-related vocabulary through discussion and practice. Students will practice and act out a short film that will be recorded and viewed.

Movies for ESL Students

2. Movies for ESL Students

In this lesson, you'll learn how popular movies, short animations and television commercials can be used to promote written and oral fluency in ESL students. You'll also find some sample questions that can be used in follow-up activities.

Using Music & Films to Teach ESL Students

3. Using Music & Films to Teach ESL Students

As English as a second language (ESL) students progress, it can be helpful to incorporate some non-traditional content as part of the learning process. This lesson provides teachers with advice and guidelines regarding the use of music and films as teaching aids in ESL classrooms.

The Benefits of Using Drama in the ESL Classroom

4. The Benefits of Using Drama in the ESL Classroom

ESL students need to live the language beyond a textbook, because they are going to use English in real life. This lesson describes the benefits of drama as a teaching tool that simulates real-life usage.

ESL Discussion Questions About Movies

5. ESL Discussion Questions About Movies

In this lesson, teachers will learn how to engage English as a Second Language (ESL) students through discussions about movies. This lesson will briefly discuss the benefits of using movies and strategies for implementing discussions in the classroom. Next, this lesson will provide specific discussion questions that can be used.

Movie Review Lesson Plan for ESL Students

6. Movie Review Lesson Plan for ESL Students

English Language Learners will learn movie and movie review vocabulary through activities in this lesson plan. They will view and discuss films and create a filmed movie review.

ESL Drama & Improv Activities & Games

7. ESL Drama & Improv Activities & Games

In this lesson, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) students will learn strategies for using drama and improv activities in the classroom. These activities can help ESL students with English language acquisition.

West Side Story ESL Lesson Plan

8. West Side Story ESL Lesson Plan

Activities in this lesson plan will help you lead your English language learners through a discussion of the film ''West Side Story.'' Students will identify important story elements and will then devise and act out an alternate ending to the story.

ESL Film Noir Lesson Plan

9. ESL Film Noir Lesson Plan

Move over Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe! Through activities in this lesson plan, your English Language Learners will explore the film noir genre while participating in discussions and role-playing scenarios using film noir slang.

ESL Annie Hall Lesson Plan

10. ESL Annie Hall Lesson Plan

'Annie Hall' is Woody Allen's most successful film. This lesson plan will help your ESL students examine the settings of the film and find the meaning of unfamiliar words.

ESL The House of Mirth Lesson Plan

11. ESL The House of Mirth Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help your ESL students enjoy and understand 'The House of Mirth' by Edith Wharton so that they are able to summarize it and find the meaning of unfamiliar words.

ESL TV Vocabulary

12. ESL TV Vocabulary

Television is a topic your ESL learners are likely to know a lot about. This lesson provides common TV vocabulary and phrases as well as exercises designed to reinforce the new terminology.

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