One of my classes finished up their routine and eagerly jumped on the item after learning that we would be discussing movies for the remainder of the time. They were only too eager to talk about movies that they had watched recently, their favorite actors, and fond memories in the movie theater. But to keep it educational and productive, I spent a big chunk of the time on describing movie plots and introducing related vocabulary.
Both of the students listened attentively as I gave them examples on how they could easily describe a movie plot while using some basic sentence structures. After learning about how they would be able to lure in the listener with movie details, the students took turns giving it a try. They quickly took down some notes, asking for additional information on how they could express certain ideas in their movie synopsis. Some of the words they chose may have been correct but a lot of the phrases needed to be fixed up to include the correlating verbs.
After some practice in describing their favorite movies, we moved onto runner-ups in order to polish over the little mistakes and make the reviews short, sweet, and accurate for any would-be listeners. By the end, they were both giving wonderful movie reviews with minimal grammar errors and new vocabulary choices. They were only too happy to continue to rave about the movies they had watched, even after the class had finished.