Here’s one really easy and standard way to use movie trailers in your classroom. Took me all of 10 minutes to put this lesson together – honestly!
1. Find a suitable movie trailer. A forthcoming movie and one of high interest to most of your students. Avoid those with too much violence and inappropriate content. Also check that it has strong / useful language content. For this example I’ve chosen – The Imitation Game.
2. Pull out the lines of the trailer and put into a template. See this handout for the Imitation Game which you can use as a template. Just change the title and lines for your own trailer. Download the The Imitation Game jigsaw . I used the trailer on EnglishCentral to do this by simply clicking the provided transcript.
3. Get students to cut up the lines or if no scissors handy, use as is. Students can order by number using the left column. Cut off the title or delete.
4. Tell students they will watch a movie trailer. Ask them to try to put the lines in order before watching. Also, they have to try and guess the movie title. Prize to all teams/groups/pairs that come up with the correct title!
5. Play the trailer a few times, as many as necessary for students to successfully put the lines in order. You can make it harder by asking them to listen only and then after listening order the lines from memory.
6. Finally, play the trailer with the sound off and have students narrate the movie trailer in their own voice. Loads of fun!
It’s a very effective, motivating listening lesson plan that takes little time to prepare. If you use trailers that are on EnglishCentral, like this example, students can even study the vocabulary and speak the lines for practice / feedback. Need to download the trailers for offline use – members of EFL Classroom 2.0 can download video content like this that is copyright free. Click “Download Videos” at the top of any video on the site.