This blog contains a series of movie segments to be used to brainstorm, warm up, follow up, and activate schemata, preparing the students for the topic that will be discussed in class. Here you will find the segments, the lesson plans, and varied topics to foster conversation. You may use the activities for a full two-hour class or they can be used separately to brainstorm or wrap up the topic, focusing on conversation, vocabulary and listening comprehension.
This is a nice class for the end of the year's holidays. I have posted one for Christmas and now I am providing you with one for New Year's Eve. I hope you like it! Happy New Year!
to a partner in pairs:
1. How important is New Year’s Eve for
2. Can you remember (one of ) you
favorite New Year’s Eve?
3. What about a frustrating one?
4. How do you prefer to celebrate this
event? In a very busy city , with the person you love and maybe a few friends
in a quiet place, or would you rather stay home and sleep early?
5. Do you like to watch New Year’s Eve
special TV programs? Why (not)?
6. What are some famous spots people go
on New Year’s Eve?
7. Where do the people in your city
gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve?
8. Do you have any superstition for
that moment? Do you know any superstition people have for New Year’s Eve?
what you usually do when in New Year’s Eve?
( ) Travel ( ) Go to very crowded places ( ) Watch the fireworks ( ) Go dancing ( ) Go to church ( ) Exchange gifts ( ) Watch TV ( ) Go to restaurants ( ) Go to a friend's house ( ) Stay with your family ( ) Cook and eat special meals ( ) Drink a lot ( ) Party all night long ( ) Take pictures ( ) Sleep early ( ) Go to a quiet, romantic place III. Watch the first segment from the movie New Year's Eve and discuss the questions:
1. Where does the scene take place? 2. What are some of the things in exercise II that you can see in the segment 3. Have you ever spent New Year's Eve in New York? Talk about your experience. If you have not, would you like to do it one day? Why (not) 4. What was the unexpected event that happened in that specific year? 5. What's your opinion about her speech? Is is tacky or touching? Explain it.
IV. Watch the scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally and discuss the questions:
1. Describe the scene. 2. Where does it take place? 3. What do both segments have in common and how different are they? 4. What was so special for the characters about this special event? 5. Is New Year's Eve a good moment to find a new lover? Or to make up a broken relationship? Why
V. Watch the segment from the movie Rio 2 and answer the questions:
1. How do Brazilians celebrate New Year's Eve in Rio?
2. How different is this celebration in Rio from the way it is celebrated in your city?
3. Have you ever spent New Years Eve in Rio? How was it?
4. Should we celebrate New Year's Eve? Why is (not) it special?