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Category: Harry Potter

CN F21 ADV 我最喜欢的书和电影My favourite book & movie

Language Resident/Assistant Name: Feiya Suo

Day and Date: 2021.09.07

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Advanced

Class theme/topics discussed: 我最爱的书&电影 My favourite book & movie

Goal of the class:

By the end of this class, students will be able to talk about likes and dislikes

How did you structure the class?


  1. My story with <The Martian> & <Harry Potter>.
  2. Presentation: introduction to Harry Potter
  3. Wrap-up: Are you going to watch the full movie (again)?

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)

PowerPoint slides (13 in total)

I looked up pictures of the movie on Baidu image.

I used 笔记本 to create notes (see Appendix A)

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The lesson went really well. Students were really passionate about the topic. In this class every student had read the book and watched the movies before, so we talked quite a lot about it.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

I would say I’d like the class to stay like this.

 If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that).  Please attach any handouts as well.

Time/stepTeacher focusStudent focus
PresentationWarm-up (5 mins)– A little presentation about my favourite books: <The Martian> & <Harry Potter>.- Ask each student when and where they watched <Harry Potter> for their first time.– Greet the instructor – Answer questions
Presentation (10 mins)-Who is J.K.Rowling? -Show a picture of her -Ask students the questions: -关于这位作家,你了解多少? -你第一次看这本是在什么时候? -你还记得是谁送你的第一本书给你的吗? -你第一次看这部电影是在什么时候? -你还记得是和谁一起看的吗? 
Guided & Communicative practice (25 mins)-Show a picture of Harry Potter -Ask a volunteer to give brief introduction of Harry based on what is shown on the slide-Play Video clip 1 -Ask students to answer the questions: 在爸爸妈妈去世以后,哈利生活在谁的家里? 他的童年幸福快乐吗?为什么? -Show them a picture of Harry with the word “muggle” -Play video clip 2 -Ask students to answer the questions: 麻瓜是什么意思? 哈利为什么在魔法世界受到明星般的待遇? 罗恩是一个怎样的人? 赫敏是一个怎样的人? 你怎么评价哈利,罗恩,和赫敏的友情?-Show them a picture of the sorting hat and Harry-Show them pictures of four houses and their mottos -Play video clip 3 -Ask students to answer questions: 哈利为什么不希望去斯莱特林? 如果你戴上分院帽,你希望被分到哪一个学院? 在所有的课程中,你最希望学到哪一门? -Give a speech based on the information     -Answer questions         -Answer questions     -Answer questions
Communicative practice (10 mins)-Show some pitctures of other fiction movies魔幻电影, and ask students to answer the questions: – 你喜欢看魔幻电影吗?为什么?Do you like this type of movie? Why?-  你还喜欢看什么类型的电影?What kind of movies do you like the most?- 你最喜欢哪部电影?Which movie do you like best?And make a list of Chinese 11’s most favourite movies & Recommendations.Discuss in groups.


FR F21 ADV/INT Harry Potter – create your Hogwarts’ House

Goal of the class: Create a conversation around the books and movies, learn new vocabulary (adjectives, qualities and personal attributes such as bravery/honesty/wisdom, etc.; clothing (colors, various clothes, accessories), furniture and the vocabulary belonging to the magical universe of Harry Potter).

Reviewing some grammar/syntactic points such as the phrases to explain/describe people’s personality and personal attributes, their outfit, detailing the layout of the furniture in a room.

In addition to that, the main activity is designed as well to make students review and practice how to express wishes in French and structure their presentation of their houses.

Creating groups: Depending on the number of students one has in their class, the groups can count 2 to 4/5 students. Putting them in group is a good idea as it incites them to do teamwork, share ideas and vocabulary to complete the main task. I personally made this class more challenging for the students as they are advanced ones and therefore are more proficient/comfortable in the language.

Structure of the class

1- Warm-up :(10 minutes)

•What did you do this Weekend?

Presenting today’s topic: Harry potter. Who is a fan? Which books did you read/movies did you watch? What are your favorite-s one-s and why?

2- Input:(10 minutes) Which words come to your mind when you think about Harry Potter? (in order to introduce new vocabulary, I personally wrote the words they gave me on the board and provided new ones). Since my students were advanced and naturally wanted to know more complex vocabulary and expressions, I showed them two extracts of the first HP movie in French, with French subtitles. I then wrote on the board some words and expressions used in the extracts and which I thought could be very useful for the task and for their personal use (adverbs, common exclamatory expressions in French, idioms, words such as feather, candles, magic wands, snake, etc.)

3-Then I showed them the names of the Hogwarts’ houses in French, we also discussed who had done the internet quiz to know the house they belonged to. Then I had made a detailed PowerPoint slide explaining the main activity for the day: “créer votre maison à Poudlard!” (create your Hogwarts’ house!).

The steps they could follow to create their house were the following:

1) Find a name

2) What are the values qualities specific to your house and required to be a part of it?

3) Which animal represents your house?

4) what sort of uniform/clothing? (Colors, motifs, design, accessories)

5) How does your common room looks like?

This lesson plan can also be used with Intermediate students. I would recommend however providing more input before starting the main activity such as vocabulary lists with expressions and phrases to guide the students in expressing themselves and structuring their argument/presentation.

Below is the PowerPoint I made and used to teach this class to both Advanced and Intermediate students:

4-Main activity:(20-25 minutes)Idivided them in 2groups of 4-5and after explaining to them what the activity was about and thesteps to follow, I handed a vocabulary sheet to them with words, expressions and phrases to help them complete the activity. The handout was designed in accordance withthe guidance/steps I had provided beforehand for completingthe activity.While they were exchanging in groups, I went back and forth between thegroups and projected images with ideas of items they could include in their common room (this way they could also learn more words). Bothgroups made amazing drawings of their House’s uniform, animal, and common room! One group designed a common room with a pool and an aquarium in it. The other one decided the animal that would represent their house would be a mix between a bear and a bird.5-After each group had completed the task, I asked them to come forward and present their house to the rest of the class6-To conclude this class on Harry Potter, I asked them to give me one or two words they had learnt todayWhat technology, media or propsdid you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)I used internet, a vocabulary sheet, and aPowerPoint I had designed myself for this classWhat worked well in this class? What did not work?This class went very well.Like with my intermediate students,even those who were not Harry Potter fans were interested in the class and very engaged into the activity. They all participated and really tried to design a detailed presentation of their house and its specificities.

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