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How to train your dragon(esl- Movie conversation)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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ESL- Let’s talk about movies

1. Discussion of themes: What are the themes in how to train your dragon?

Main themes:  father/son relationships, being different, ignorance, achievement, adolescence, trying to prove yourself.

Students choose one of the themes as a basis for writing practice and then they use what they have written to talk about the theme and form an anecdote.

Please click here to find a link to several questions about movies to illicit conversation.

Talk about the impact of 3D -

Students compare this animation to other recent animations.  They discuss how 3D can add to the experience of the movie.

Let’s watch Mark Kermode discussing his views on 3D in movies:

3D is a very topical subject at the moment and the students could have a debate on whether they think it is a good idea.  If they have seen Avatar then they could discuss if it added to the overall cinematic experience.  Is it really worth wearing uncomfortable classes for over 2 hrs and paying the extra money for the benefit?

Guess the movie game

Students give clues about a movie they have seen and the other students have to guess the movie.

Slowly give clues and see who can guess first.[WARNING - PLOT SPOILER]

1. (50 pts) Genre

What kind of movie is it?

It’s an ____animation_____.

2. (40 pts) setting

Where and when does it take place?

It takes place in ____Viking times_____.

3. (30 pts) Actor

Who is in it?

______Gerard Butler(voice)______ is in it.

4. (20 pts) plot

What’s it about?

It’s about a ___young Viking who  becomes the  friend of a dragon____.

5. (10 pts) climax

How does it end?

In the end, ___ the boy becomes a hero and the village realises that the dragons are not enemies____.


How to train your dragon(esl- Movie critic)

Posted in ESL, Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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ESL – Movie Critic

Show Mark Kermode’s review of; “How to Train Your Dragon”

Explain to the students that Mark Kermode is a very popular and opinionated movie critic from the UK, who is renowned for his”big flappy hands” and dreadful movie impersonations.  He is very difficult to understand as he talks very fast and this speed, along with his body language show how enthusiastic he is about movies.

This clip can be used in several ways.  Here are some suggestions:

Cloze activity, dictation, Questions about the dialogue.

What did the critics say?

Divide students into groups and allocate each group a different critics review of “how to train a dragon’.  The students have to summarise the thoughts of the critic.

The following are links to reviews of movies:

Roger EbertEmpireMetacriticFlixsterRotten Tomatoes

Now it’s time for critic idol.

Students now have to write their own critique for a movie.  If they have not seen ‘how to train your dragon’ then they can choose the last movie they went to see.

Students watch the following clip to inspire them with ideas on how to conduct a review.

Students are given the following suggestions on how to plan their review.

(1) brief summary

(2)Strengths and weaknesses.(like/don’t like)Why?(give examples)

(3) What characters do you identify with and why?(personality traits)

(4) What was the director intention/message

(5) Marks out of ten :     /10

Students compete in “Critic idol”.

Each student performs their critique in a Kermodian fashion(See the first movie clip of Mark Kermode).  The other students have to decide who is the best critic in the class by giving each critic marks out of ten.

Jing idea- Students record their review of the movie using pictures from the film as a background.

Twitter idea-  Students write a review no longer than 140 characters and they make a twitter board using a big poster to put up in the class or to add to the classes blog.

How to train your dragon (esl trailer-Dialogue)

Posted in ESL, Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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Listen to the trailer without watching

1. Dictation activity.

Students have to listen to the trailer and write what they hear.  Students are the controller of the video and can ask the teacher to stop/rewind/play.

2. Cloze activity

Students are given the dialogue and are asked to fill in the gaps.

Hiccup: This is my _home____, we have __fishing_____, hunting and a charming view of the __sunsets_____.

The only __problems__ are the pests.  You see, some places have _mice__ or mosquitoes, we have dragons.  Fighting ___dragons__ is everything around here.

My name is ‘Hiccup”.  Iv’e always wanted to be a _great__ viking.

Viking: Oh no you __don’t___.

Hiccup: Oh, come on let me out.  I need to __make__ my mark.

Viking: You can’t lift a __hammer____,  you can’t swing an axe,  you can’t even __throw__ one of these.

Hiccup: But this will throw it for me.

Did I _hit__ it?

Yes, I hit it.   I have brought __down__ his mighty beast.

Hiccup:  eh, _nice__ dragon.  Okay.

no,no, no

mmmmmmmm

eughhhh

Astrid: Get __down___.

Hiccup:  It’s okay.  Astrid,  toothless.

Astrid: You are sooooo busted.

Hiccup: da,da,da,da,da we’re __dead___.

Viking: Either we finish them or they’ll __finish____ us.

Hiccup: Everything we __know____ about them is worng.

Viking: You’re crazy, I ___like__ that.

Hiccup: Let me __show____ you.  Gently

Thank you for ___nothing____ you useless reptile.

3. Questions about Hiccup and his home(answer using sentences)

1.  What is the only problem about Hiccups home?

The pests are the only problem about his home.

2. What two activities can you do?

You can do fishing and hunting.

3.  What view is charming?

The sunsets are charming.

4.   What pests do some places have?

Some places have mice or mosquitoes.

5.  What is everything around there?

Fighting dragons is everything around there.

6.   What has he always wanted to be?

He has always wanted to be a great Viking.

7.   What does he need to do?

He needs to make his mark.

8. What 3 things can’t he do?

He can’t lift a hammer, swing an axe or throw one of these.

9. What does he bring down?

He has brought down a mighty beast.

4. Madlibs

In groups the students try to fill in the gaps with their own ideas.  The funniest mad lib wins.

This is my home.  We have _skiing_____, __snowboarding_ and a ___beautiful__ view of the ___moon_____.

The only problems are the _monsters__.  You see most places have _goblins___ or __trolls____.  We have __yeti___. ___kissing__ __Yeti____is everything around here.

My name is ___Andy____.  I’ve always wanted to be a _great warrior ___




How to train your dragon (esl trailer-JING)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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How to use jing with a movie trailer.

I have recently discovered the wonder of jing after using the wonderful website by Russell Stannard.  His website is perfect for all you technophobes out there and I find his videos are very user friendly and describe how to use applications in layman’s terms without any torturous technical  jargon.

Jing is software which you can use to capture images or videos in realtime using your computer.


I have decided to use it to for making voiceovers for movie trailers.

In this task students are asked to use jing to capture their description of the trailer.

The teacher can show the students how to use the application and then set it as a task for homework.   Students have to send the link via e.mail to the teacher.

Alternatively they could carry this task out in the class and perform it in front of the other students.


Here is an example of this software in action:

Unfortunately it is clear why it is maybe best to not use this software for capturing video material as it will become fragmented and it takes a while to download the video.  If you have the time to wait for the download then it does show an example of recording your students voices over material.

Click here for my first jing.


In this example I used my glamorous assitant Susan who is the creator of the delcious food blogg; Bendi Benri.  Cheers for that Suzie you are the best cook in the world.

Using the trailer to write a dialogue for the scene

Another example for using jing would be to record a voiceover dialogue between the characters in the clip.

Stop the trailer at 1.56.


In pairs the students have to write a dialogue between ‘Hiccup’ and the girl.

Students can check how there dialogue compares with the original:

Hiccup:     It’s okay.  ‘Astrid,”toothless’

Girl:            You are so busted.

Hiccup:     da,da,da,da,da we’re dead.

With both activities above you could get the class to vote for their best and you could record the best and show it to the class or if you have a class blogg then you could put it up for all the students to see online.

Will I use jing again?

I’m really frustrated that it was not able to capture the trailer smoothly and also at the time it took for it to donwload.  I do believe it will be excellent, however, to provide feedback to essays and also to describe pictures rather than trailers.






How to train your dragon (esl trailer-Questions)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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How to use a movie trailer

Show the trailer(without the sound) a few times and ask various questions

1.  Which company created this movie?

(a) Dreamworks (b) Pixar  (c) Aardman

2.  Describe the logo of the company.

A boy is sitting on the moon and he is fishing

3.  Complete the sentence:

From the creators of ___Kung Fu Panda___ and ___Shrek___

4.  What genre is this movie?                         animation     family    fantasty

5.  What season is this movie released?      Spring

6. What month is this movie released?        March

7.  What does the boy feed the dragon?        A fish

8.  What animal do you see at the start?

(a) A sheep (b) A cow  (c)  A pig

9.  Guess the rating of this movie:

(a)U     (b)PG (c)12    (d)15     (e)18

Why?(refer to BBFC)               Some scenes of violence and scary images of dragons.

10.  Describe the main character(protagonist):

He is a young,kind, friendly, and courageous boy.

He has medium length brown hair, brown eyes and freckles.

He is wearing a green tunic and a brown waist coat.

11.  Write a short synopsis (plot summary) about the movie:(Refer to IMDB)

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

12.  What year and where is the movies setting?

11th century, Viking settlement,a fantastical place.

13.  Write a tagline for this movie.(1 sentence to sum it up)

Everything we know about them is wrong.

14.  What are the keywords for this movie?(main themes)

Use wordle to create a list of the keywords.


How to train your dragon (esl trailer-What happened next)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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How to use a movie trailer

Play the trailer without sound

What happens next?

Stop the movie at 1:05- Students guess what happens next.

Ask for some suggestions from the students and then give them three options:

(a) The boy runs away     (b) The boy kills the dragon    (c) The boy unties the dragon

Stop the movie at 1:27- Students guess what happens next.


Ask for some suggestions from the students and then give them three options:

(a) the dragon eats the boy      (b) The dragon regurgitates(spits out) the fish (c)  The dragon flies away


How to train your dragon (esl poster)

Posted in ESL, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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How to use a movie poster

1.  Ask questions about the poster to illicit conversation- genre,synopsis,characters.

2.  Students have to describe the poster.

ex.  It is night time.  A boy with medium length brown hair is about to touch a blue dragon, etc.

3.  Cover the title and students have to make a title for the movie.

4.  Give examples of other posters (put them on the walls around the classroom) and examples of synopses.  Students have to match the posters with the synopses.

5.  Give a selection of “how to……” movie titles.  Students choose a title and describes the movie.

6.  Students make posters for their movie title

6.  Students present their poster to the class and describe the movie.

7.  Make a slide show of the students posters.  Show them the slideshow in the next class.  Compare their movie posters with the actual poster used.

Extra idea 1 :  Picture dictation

Students make pairs.  A from each pair is shown the poster.  They have to describe the poster to B.  B has to draw what A has dictated.

Extra idea 2 :  book adaptation

Students imagine that their favourite book is going to be adapted into a movie.  The student has to decide who will be the director and who they will choose for the main characters(celebrities,classmates etc).  They will then make an English movie poster and present it to the class.

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