Lesson Plan: “Strategies for learning new vocabulary with Avatar film”
Cameron’s film Avatar is in everybody’s mouth at the moment. For that reason, we can take the opportunity and bring it into the classroom, to teach our students in a fun way, how to use context clues when reading to infer new vocabulary. This is a useful tool all students need to know for autonomous reading and expansion of vocabulary.
The lesson plan starts with a listening activity based on the film’s trailer, in which students will be able to appreciate the wonderful “natural” world Cameron’s team has created for the occasion.
Then, they will reflect about the strategies we can use when reading a text to infer the meaning of new words from the context. They will apply this to discover the meaning of some words in a text adapted from the New York Times about the Na´vi language (a language created for the aliens in the film to speak).
They will finally listen to an extract in Na´vi language to reflect upon the strategies we can use for understanding oral material in a foreign language.
I really hope you like this lesson plan and you have a lot of fun with your students. Don’t forget to comment on how it goes.
Posted on February 26, 2010, in Lesson Plans, Resources for tesl/tefl and tagged Avatar film, context clues, efl, esl, films, learning vocabulary, lesson_plans, listening, reading, reading strategies, tefl, video, vocabulary. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.