ESL Movie Lessons
GOALS: To provide exciting and effective use of movies as learning tools for the study of English
both for classroom teachers and for study-at-home students.
SKILLS: These study packets can be used creatively by classroom teachers either in whole or in part.
They develop skills in vocabulary (both standard & idiomatic), in listening, in pronunciation, in
grammar, in discussion, and in cultural understanding.
METHODS: The lessons begin with pre-viewing vocabulary, using words and phrases in the order
they appear in the film. Students should learn the words before watching the film segment, then
watch for them to appear in the segment.
As they watch, they will answer the viewing questions, then go over the answers after the segment
Students can either discuss or write answers to the discussion questions.
When all the film segments are completed, they can discuss or write answers to the discussion
questions for the film as a whole.
Finally, they take the test.
SCHEDULE: We discourage showing the film in one sitting. Go segment by segment at a
convenient pace. In the classroom, one segment per day is recommended with the vocabulary lesson
assigned as homework. Study-at-home students can move at their own pace. Teachers can add and
subtract from the lessons as they wish. Be creative.
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ESL Movie Lessons
for Teachers of English as a Second Language
Jon Michael Miller, a master ESL teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida,
developed these lessons for his own English as a Second Language
classes. The response of his students encouraged him to offer them to
other ESL teachers around the globe. Mr. Miller holds three degrees
from Penn State University, where he studied, taught and worked on
staff for over twenty years. He has also taught English at Ohio State and
St. Petersburg College. He now lives, teaches, & writes in St. Pete.