Skip navigation

Going to the movies

Your favourite films

Going to the cinema is a popular free time activity. Choosing one film to watch may be sometimes difficult if you like all kinds of films. In this mission, you will learn to talk about different types of films and will create and present a film billboard.

At the end of this section, you will have...

  • Learnt and revised vocabulary on types of films.
  • Listened to a conversation about going to the cinema.
  • Performed a dialogue on going to the cinema.
  • Designed and presented a film billboard.

The film industry offers new films every year to entertain the audience. Action, horror or romantic films, among other types, are regularly produced and showed at cinemas. With a classmate, comment on the type/-s of films that you both prefer and justify your choice.

Watch the video based on different film trailers and  guess the types of films displayed. Get some help on the film genre site. To describe films, you can find useful information on the IELTSLIZ.com site 

Sayid Özcan. Movie Trailers for English Teaching

Leading activities: Going to the cinema

The activities presented below will help you acquire key vocabulary and useful language to perform successfully your first mission within this project. They are your first steps towards the final challenge of this project: the production and promotion of a short film.

Activity 1: Identifying key vocabulary (Listening)

Listen to a conversation at the learnenglishteen.britishcouncil.org site and check your oral comprehension by answering the questions below.

  • What type of film are they going to see?
  • What is the film about?
Activity 2: Going to the cinema (Roleplay)

Perform your own dialogue with a classmate about going to the cinema. On the bridge-online worksheet, you can find some useful language. To prepare the dialogue, you can choose film titles from the article about the top 25 films of all times.

Make sure you can use film-related vocabulary because you are going to need it in the mission you are about to start.

Activity 3: Reinforcing your vocabulary (Poster creation)

Sign in at Canva and create a poster on one of your favourite films. Include the title, attractive images and a two-line plot summary  Share your film poster with your classmates on  Pinterest. Remember to attach a photo illustrating the film when you post it. Publish your poster on a page that you will entitle 'My digital Resources' in your Weebly site.

Extra resources


A plot summary is a synopsis of a book, play or film's story.

A film billboard

Let us see if you are able to perform successfully the mission consisting of creating a billboard announcing several films for a future film festival at your school. In this mission, you are going to work collaboratively with three other classmates from your classgroup.

Please, click on the titles below and read carefully the information to do the mission accurately.

Your work
  • Get together in groups of four students.
  • Show the students in your group the poster you have created in the previous section and explain to them what the story is about and why you like it
  • Create original fact files on every film with the following sections: title, film genre, cast, a two-line film plot and grading (from 1 to 5 stars). 
  • Design a poster with Canva.com or any other online tool. In this poster, insert all the fact files and nice pictures illustrating the films announced.
  • Practise as much as you can before you present your billboard. Try to use typical language for reviewing a film. The expressions and tips included in the teachingenglish.org site can help you.
  • On a fixed day, you will present your billboard in your class taking turns to explain the film each member of the group has chosen. The Filmclub page presents useful cinema-related vocabulary that you can use in your presentation.
  • Finish your presentation with a remark on what people can learn from each film.
  • Let your classmates vote for the best film billboard.
Work evaluation

Your individual and group work will be assessed by your teacher taking into consideration the 'Rubric for assessing a digital poster'(download in editable odt format, download in pdf) and Rubric for assessing a presentation'. (download in editable odt format, download in pdf) . You will also have the chance to evaluate your classmates' work using the same rubric or other criteria that you and your teacher consider as appropriate for this mission.

Work promotion

Publish your billboard (copy and paste the URL link) on the page entitled 'My Digital Resources'  in your Weebly site. You can share your work with the rest of classmates on Pinterest. To do this, remember to accompany your post with an image.

A collection of information about a particular subject or product.

A billboard is a very large board on which posters are displayed.

The actors in a film, play, or show.

Learning diary

We hope you finished this first mission successfully.

Make a new post on your blog/diary with the title 'Going to the movies' and type/write your answers..

  • Remember that if you use a  Weebly website, you have the possibility to create a blog which you will entitle 'Becoming a cinema director'. This is going to be your Learning Diary.
  • Another option is to use a personal notebook where you can write down your reflections on your own learning process.