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Blog da Disal - Ensinando inglês com filmes

Ensinando Inglês com filmes!

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 06:06 AM PDT

Por Vanessa Prata*

Após mostrar atividades com alguns vídeos disponíveis no YouTube, vamos ver alguns filmes, disponíveis em DVD, que também podem ser usados para aulas de gramática e conversação, além, é claro, de treinar listening skills.

Novamente, são apenas alguns exemplos, mas podem servir de inspiração para que você prepare outras atividades semelhantes (e compartilhe conosco!). Não deixe de conferir ainda o blog do professor Cláudio Azevedo, que tem centenas de atividades com filmes (

Movie: Finding Nemo (Procurando Nemo)

Suggested objectives / topics: Discuss School Days / Memories from school

Suggested levels: Pre-intermediate on

Scene: 3 (from 5min16 to 10min20)

Answer the questions while you watch the scene:

1 - Why is Nemo so excited?

A: It’s his first day at school

2 – Is his father as excited as he is? Why (not)?

A: No, because he is afraid. He thinks Nemo shouldn’t go to school yet

3 – What advice does Marlin give Nemo?

A: The ocean is not safe / Be careful / Look around before you leave their “house”

4 – What is Nemo’s problem?

A: He has a little fin

Now, discuss these questions with a partner:

Do you remember your first day at school? How was that?

What about in high school or University? How different was that?

Which did you enjoy the most: elementary school, high school or college? Why?

What are your best memories from school?

Suggested extra activities based on the movie:

- Ss draw a picture that represents their memories from school, or build an image with rods or play dough, and explain to their partners.

- Ss write a composition about their school memories.

- Ss debate the quality of schools and universities in the country.

- Ss pretend they are teachers and each one proposes an activity to the class related to the topics they are learning.

Movie: Matrix

Suggested objectives / topics: Practice conditionals / Discuss impact of technology / Discuss what Ss would like to change in the world and in their lives

Suggested levels: Intermediate on

Scene: 8 (from 25min10 to 29min50)

Before watching, discuss these questions with a partner:

Have you ever seen Matrix? What’s the story about?
Who are the main characters?
Have you heard about the story Alice in Wonderland? What do you know about it?
Morpheus will compare the situation Neo is in to this story. Can you imagine why?

While watching the scene, answer these questions:

1 - What advice does Trinity give Neo?

A: Be honest

2 - Does Neo believe in fate? Why (not)?

A: No, he doesn’t like the idea he isn’t in control of his destiny

3 - Explain in your words what the Matrix is

A: A computer program that created our world / a dream world / an illusion

4 - Explain in your words what will happen if Neo takes:

the blue pill – he forgets everything and continues his normal life

the red pill – he discovers the truth

5 - Which pill does he take?

A: Red

6 - Why do you think he made this decision?

A: personal answers

Now, discuss these questions in groups:
If you were Neo, which pill would you take? Why?

If you discovered our world was not real, would you like to know the truth or would you prefer to continueyour normal life?

Would you like to change something in our world? What would you change?

And in your life, what would you like to change?

Suggested extra activities based on the movie:

- Ss write a composition using conditionals. Suggested themes: What would you do if you were the President of Brazil? / What would you do if you won the lottery? / What would you do if you could change one thing in the world? etc

- Ss read Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carol), 1984 (George Orwell) or A Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) and write a composition comparing the story in the books to the film or debate in class