Sharing experiences of arts and media

Complete First Unit 8

Part One: Sharing experiences of language learning 

Share your experiences of using and studying English, starting with recent things you have done and commenting on any similarities and differences between you.

Useful language

Reacting when your own experience is the same

Me too/ neither. What is more,…     I… too/ neither. In fact,…         So… I.

I… as well.                                     Like you/ (name), I…                      The same as you,…

Reacting when your own experience is different

That’s interesting. In my experience,…Interesting. In my case,…           Really? I…

Checking other people’s experiences

What about you?                 How about you?           I guess you… too/ as well.

Possible topics:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening and watching
  • Exam practice
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Functional language (meeting people, requesting, apologising, etc)

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Without looking above the fold for now, brainstorm phrases into these categories:

Reacting when your own experience is the same 

 

 

 

 

Reacting when your own experience is different

 

 

Checking other people’s experiences

 

 

 

Check above the fold. Note that many other phrases are possible. 

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Sharing experiences of arts and media

Share your experiences of arts and media in English more generally. Possible things to talk about (perhaps with the topics above or below):

  • Difficult to understand examples – Easy to understand examples
  • How to choose
  • How to make it easier to understand
  • How to make sure you learn (a lot) from it
  • Ones you learnt a lot of useful language from
  • Recommendations
  • Kinds of language used/ Varieties of language used

Possible topics:

  • Audio guides to and tours of museums and historic places (natural history museums, art galleries, science museums, palaces, castles/ forts, city walls, local history museum, ruins, etc)
  • Comics (graphic novels, comic strips, superhero comics, etc)
  • Fiction (short stories, novellas, novels, etc)
  • Magazines (news magazines, travel magazines, listings magazines, etc)
  • Movies (rom-coms, sci-fi, sequels and prequels, art house movies, remakes, classics, documentaries, westerns, spy movies, action movies, superhero movies, Hollywood movies, blockbusters, black and white movies, subtitled movies, dubbed movies, trailers, director’s commentary, director’s cut, script, biopic, etc)
  • Music (music with good lyrics, dance music/ EDM, folk music, soft rock, rap/ hip hop, pop videos, music documentaries, boy band/ girl band, classical music, indie/ alternative, R&B, soundtrack, world music, concert/ gig/ festival, karaoke etc)
  • News (headlines, captions, short articles, background, weather forecast, rolling news, tabloids, broadsheets, your stars, sports coverage, editorials, Sunday supplements, celebrity gossip, national news, international news, column, business news/ financial news, etc)
  • Non-fiction books and essays (biographies, autobiographies, self-help books, business books, travel books, … for Idiots, study guides, textbooks, etc)
  • Online reading (wikis, blogs, online articles, forums, How to… guides, etc)
  • Plays (one-man shows, am dram, musicals, etc)
  • Poetry (haiku, epic poems, etc)
  • Radio (podcasts, documentaries, interviews, reportage, comedy panel shows, review shows, chart shows, national radio, investigative reporting, satellite radio, digital radio, internet radio, etc)
  • TV and online video (murder mysteries/ whodunits, reality shows, soap operas, box sets, sitcoms, sketch shows, stand-up comedy, cop shows, costume drama/ historical drama, adaptations, spinoffs, quiz shows, chat shows, animation/ cartoons, ads/ commercials, live sports, rerun/ repeat, current affairs, shopping channel, wildlife documentary, binge viewing, etc)

Ask for advice from the teacher and whole class if there is anything that you are wondering about, e.g. how to make movies easier to understand. Ask about any vocabulary above which you don’t understand.

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Brainstorming stage

Try to remember or think of vocabulary in these categories, e.g. the words above. If something could go in more than one place, you only have to write it once. Vocabulary not above is also fine as long as it fits in the right place.  

Vocabulary related to museums and historic places

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary related to books, reading and literature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary related to the news and magazines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vocabulary related to music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary related to radio and podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary connected to TV and movies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at the first worksheet to help with the task above, using the ideas there to help you think of more.

Share any extra vocabulary you thought of with the class.

Choose words that you didn’t put in your list and make recommendations. Ones linked to your own language rather than English are also fine to talk about at this stage.

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Suggested answers

Note that there are many other possible answers and some words could go in more than one place.

Vocabulary related to museums and historic places

audio guide

castle/ fort

city walls

guided tour

local history museum

natural history museum

palace

ruins

science museum

 

Vocabulary related to books, reading and literature

(auto)biography

(superhero) comic

blog

business book

comic strip

essay

(non)fiction

graphic novel

How to… guide

novel

novella

online article

play

poem

self-help book

short story

study guide

textbook

travel book

wiki

 

Vocabulary related to the news and magazines

(short) article

broadsheet

business news/ financial news

caption

celebrity gossip

column

editorial

headline

international news

listings

national news

rolling news

sports coverage

Sunday supplement

tabloid

travel magazine

weather forecast

your stars

 

Vocabulary related to music

(soft/ hard/ heavy/ classic) rock

boy band/ girl band

chorus

classical music

concert/ gig/ festival

dance music/ EDM

folk music

indie/ alternative

instrumental

karaoke

lyrics

music documentary

pop video

R&B

rap/ hip hop

soundtrack

verse

world music

 

Vocabulary related to radio and podcasts

chart show

comedy panel show

digital radio

documentary

internet radio

interview

investigative reporting

national radio

news roundup

reportage

review show

satellite radio

 

Vocabulary connected to TV and movies

(twists in the) plot

action movie

ad/ commercial

adaptation

animation/ cartoon

art house movie

binge viewing

biopic

black and white movie

blockbuster

box set

box-office (records)

channel hopping

chat show

cinemas

classic

comedy

cop show

costume drama/ historical drama

current affairs

director’s commentary

director’s cut

documentary

dubbing

(surprise/ happy/ sad) ending

fantasy

featuring

film

HDTV

Hollywood movie

live sport

murder mystery/ whodunit

prequel

quiz show

reality show

released

remake

rerun/ repeat

rom-com

sci-fi

script

sequel

setting

sitcom

sketch show

soap opera

spinoff

spy movie

stand-up comedy

starring

subtitles

superhero movie

the box

trailer

viewer

western

wildlife documentary

 

Do the same for the categories below:

 

Positive adjectives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other positive expressions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negative adjectives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other negative expressions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suggested answers

Positive adjectives

addictive

astonishing

attractive

brilliant/ terrific/ fantastic/ amazing/ excellent/ superb

captivating

charming

classic

delightful

distinctive/ unique

dramatic

enchanting

exceptional

exciting/ gripping/ thrilling

fun

funny/ hilarious

genuine

impeccable/ perfect/ faultless

impressive

intriguing

luxurious

memorable/ haunting/ unforgettable

moving

nice

original

outstanding

realistic

satisfying

sophisticated

stunning

subtle

tasteful

thought provoking

uplifting

(good) value for money

well written

well-regarded

 

Other positive expressions

(multi) award-winning

action-packed

(really) get into

(really) keen on

A strong point of… is…

adore/ love

blew us away

favourite

I can’t recommend… enough.

I couldn’t get enough of…

I’d highly/ thoroughly recommend…

If you like… (then) you’ll love…

looking forward to

masterpiece

one in a million

one of the best

rush out and

stands out from the crowd

We are already planning to visit again

won’t disappoint

worth the wait

You shouldn’t miss/ mustn’t miss…

You won’t regret…

 

Negative adjectives

annoying/ irritating

bland

boring/ dull

cheesy

childish/ juvenile

clichéd

confusing

disappointing

disgusting/ revolting

awful/ dreadful/ terrible

forgettable

low brow

melodramatic

monotonous

notorious

over the top

overlong

overpriced

predictable

pretentious/ over intellectual

repetitive

ridiculous

sentimental

tasteless

unoriginal

unrealistic/ unbelievable

 


Other negative expressions

(You should) avoid…

… didn’t meet my expectations.

…. wasn’t (at all) what I expected.

best avoided.

Don’t bother (with)…

dreading

I am/ I’d be in no hurry to…

I couldn’t (really) get into

I didn’t find it very…

I wasn’t too keen on…

I wouldn’t (really) recommend…

I wouldn’t bother with…

My main criticism of… is…

nothing special

only suitable for

Find a TV programme, film, book, magazine, musical, newspaper etc that you both know and use vocabulary from above to describe it. Do you have the same opinions?

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