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Talking about movies and music 
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Post Talking about movies and music
I've used a great activity from BogglesWorldESL for many years to help my intermediate students talk about movies.

It covers:
genre - what kind of movie
actors - who's in it
setting - where/when it takes place
plot - what happens
climax - how does it end
reviews - what people think

It's really good and helps students to expand from just "It was good."

I'd like to make something along the same lines as that but for music. However, I'm wondering what everyone thinks needs to be included.

genre - what kind of music
singer - who sings it
names - title/album

but what else would you include? music video info? more about the singers?

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Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:44 pm
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yes, thats a hard one, esp for "music". As here in Japan so many people only follow J pop. And I don't. Most students seem to only know a handful of famous western groups/musicans.

as for movies;
I live and work in the country and there are no cinemas anywhere near us, so we are behind the times. But most of the big blockbusters would be OK?

Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:24 am

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Good questions for the movies. For the music how about:

What's the song about? (if it is about anything)
How does it make you feel? (e.g. like dancing, happy, sad, angry)

What happens in the music video would probably also be a good question. Also, do you like the video? Does it go well with the song? You could maybe even expand on the video part by asking what sort of video you would put with the song.

Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:08 pm
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