In the TV Show / Movie Pitch ESL project, students create an idea for a TV show / movie, then pitch it to the rest of the class.
Divide the class into small groups of two or three.
Elicit the following key information to talk about when describing a TV show or movie, and write it on the board:
– Setting (Place and Time)
– Main Characters
– Character Descriptions
– Plot Summary (first episode if TV show)
– Target Audience
– Possible Actors (Optional)
- Each group creates an idea for a TV show or movie, covering each of the topics on the board.
- If students are struggling for ideas, ask them to start by discussing what type of tv shows/movies they enjoy, and some of their favourite fictional characters.
- When they have finished, the groups then take turns pitching their idea to the rest of class, who act as network/studio executives.
- After each presentation the class should give feedback on what they liked or didn’t like. At the end the class could vote for their favourite idea.
The TV Show / Movie Pitch ESL Project is clearly a great fit with the topic of entertainment. Students can practise vocabulary for different genres, as well as specific vocabulary like episode/season/series etc.
However, you could also use it with other language topics. For example, put a focus on the character descriptions if you want to practise describing people (both appearance and personality). Or for adjectives in general, expand that to detailed descriptions of the show/movie as a whole (quirky, light-hearted, fresh etc.), and the setting (stunning, dingy etc.).
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