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Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Let's Go to the Movies! - Phase Two

Subject Area

World Languages


7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


Students will view target language movie trailers, select a movie that interests them, talk about them with a peer, then complete a graphic organizer. (This lesson includes three phases, uploaded as separate learning activities.)

This activity was created as a result of the World Languages COS Resource Development Summit.


    Communicate and share on familiar topics with a variety of words, phrases, and simple sentences in the past time frame.

    Unpacked Content



    Students know:
    • question words and how to recognize and use them in conversation.
    • how to describe themselves in first person.
    • how to describe others in third person.
    • interpret information from texts, graphs, and pictures.
    • utilize the language to express needs.


    Novice High Level
    Students are able to:
    • use basic greetings.
    • introduce themselves.
    • respond to yes/no questions.
    • respond to either or questions.
    • answer who, what, when where.
    • say age.
    • say what one likes/dislikes.
    • talk about places.
    • interpret meaning of question words when used in conversation and respond appropriately.
    • collect information using basic question words.
    Intermediate Low Level
    Students are able to:
    • ask and answer questions related to school subjects.
    • have a simple conversation on a variety of concrete topics.
    • relate information using basic informal commands.
    • construct verbs using formations that indicate past actions.
    • interpret meaning of question words when used in conversation and respond appropriately.


    Students understand that:
    • effective communication requires knowing how when and why to say what to whom.
    • the purpose of language study is to communicate so one can understand others and be understood.
    • other understandings will depend on the theme being taught.


    Identify perspectives through products of the target cultures.

    Unpacked Content



    Students know:
    • a tangible or intangible product is influenced by the target language life and culture.
    • the perspective of a the target language culture is interconnected with the products of the culture.


    Novice High Level
    Students are able to:
    • list common target language cultural products such as paintings, songs, and foods.
    • watch video clips or music videos and identify cultural products.
    • describe basic craft products from target language countries.
    • investigate the relationship between cultural products and perspectives.
    Intermediate Low Level
    Students are able to:
    • utilize common target language cultural vocabulary to discuss paintings, songs, foods, etc.
    • investigate and explain the relationship bewtween cultural products and perspectives.
    • investigate and explain the realtion between cultural practices and perspectives.


    Students understand that:
    • similarities and differences in the products of another culture often stem from the perspective of that culture.
    • an ability to communicate in another language fosters a better.
    • understanding of my own language and culture.
    • custom and tradition vary within a culture, as well as between cultures.
    • other understandings will vary according to theme being taught.


    Describe opportunities to use the target language beyond the classroom environment.

    Unpacked Content



    Students know:
    • that there are opportunities to use the target language within our own community and abroad.
    • that there are equivalent media forms in the target language and culture to those in their native language and culture.
    • how to search and locate websites in the target language on a variety of topics.


    Novice High Level
    Students are able to:
    • access important travel documents and safety information online.
    • use online resources to evaluate hotels and attractions within target language countries.
    • use physical and online resources to identify and participate in celebrations within the target language countries.
    Intermediate Low Level
    Students are able to:
    • identify opportunities to connect with native speakers in the local community and through exchange, travel abroad, or online.
    • search for, identify, and navigate websites in the target langauge to explore their interests, such as news, blogs, music, and social media.


    Students understand that:
    • the target language is used around the world every day in many different contexts.
    • the target language can help one better understand the world around them.
    • the study of world languages expands one's opportunities.
    • language is a tool to connect with the world.
    • other understandings will depend on theme being taught.
    • interacting directly with the target culture and native speakers of the target language speeds up the language learning process and makes people more culturally compentent, open-minded, and tolerant.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    *Students can participate in a conversation about their opinions on films and their interests using a variety of phrases and simple sentences.

    *Students can use the target language to describe movies in the target culture and identify those which interest them personally.

    Activity Details

    Phase 2: Partner Conversation

    *In Phase 1, the students will view age-appropriate movie trailers on (preselected by the teacher), then select the top two films that interest them.

    *Students will participate in an unrehearsed conversation with a partner in the target language about why they chose those films, asking and answering questions about their interests and preferences and responding with natural interjections and follow-up questions.

    *During the conversation, students will fill in a graphic organizer in the target language comparing their film preferences with those of their partner. The graphic organizer could take a table format, a Venn diagram format, or some other format, but should include space for them to write what kind of films they each typically enjoy, which target language film(s) interest them, reasons why those films interest them, and whether they share their partner's preferences or have a different opinion. 

    *Students will move on to Phase 3 of this lesson. (See

    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    *Informally assess whether the students are able to carry on a conversation with their partner about film preferences, using complete sentences with details, by moving around the room and listening in to make sure each pair is speaking in the target language about their opinions of the movies.

    *Informally assess if the students are able to complete the conversation about their opinions on the movies with their partners by checking their graphic organizers for completion.

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    Teachers should:

    *view all 3 phases of this lesson.

    *view and choose a variety of current and age-appropriate movie trailers for the students to watch, covering a range of genres. These trailers will need to be new enough, that the theaters will be showing them currently or in the near future. 

    *create and print graphic organizers for the students to fill in while viewing and conversing with their partners.

    Digital Tools / Resources