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I. Objectives:
_ Improving speaking skills through role-plays and improvisation.
_ Expanding students' knowledge of English-speaking films.
II. Course material: film extracts, trailers, episodes from series...
III. Graded activities
a) Sequence analysis
Teams of 2 to 3 students choose a film extract they would like to share with the class. They present
the extract 3 times, twice without the sound and once with the sound. Each viewing is followed by a
series of questions and a brief Jeopardy game. As a conclusion, the organizing team will give a brief
presentation of the film (title, year, director, story, characters, awards...).
Assessment: Students will receive two grades, one for their sequence analysis and one for their
participation to other sequence analyses, each grade: coefficient 1.
Length of activity:30 minutes, 4 to 6 presentations (depending on size of group) over 2 to 3 classes.
b) Re-enacting a scene
Based on a film shown by the teacher or on extracts they have chosen, students will learn lines by
heart working on pronunciation, intonation, rhythm and stressing. They will perform in front of the
Assessment: Students will receive one grade for their performance, coefficient 1.
c) Scriptwriting and acting
Students will write the script of a scene extracted from an imaginary film (thriller, sci-fi, romance,
comedy, drama) or an imaginary series (sitcom, soap) then perform in front of the class. This will
be a live performance. For the sake of variety, teachers can ask groups to work on different film
genres or TV series.
Assessment: Students will receive 1 grade (assessing the script written by the group and the
performance of each student).
Length of activity: 4 hours over 4 classes plus one class for performances. For organization of
groupwork, see IV-a and b.
IV. Grades


Sequence analysis


Re-enacting a scene


Scriptwriting and acting








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