All’s well that ends well15-Jun-2012
The exams are over, the results are in and it’s time for some fun classes to round off the year. If you’ve already had your students reflect on themselves as learners, you can turn your attention to the big finale. Students often look forward to the last class as a time when textbooks and grammar are tossed aside and they get to enjoy being together as a class for one last time.
What better way to bid farewell than by turning to the magic of movies and the Hollywood ending? Get your students individually to list the 5 best movie endings of all time, then poll their answers to come up with a final class list. According to movie-goers polled in a Diet Coke survey, the films with the 10 best endings of all time are:
2. Shawshank Redemption
3. The Italian Job
5. The Usual Suspects
6. An Officer and a Gentleman
7. The Sixth Sense
8. ET – The Extra Terrestrial
9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
10. Four Weddings and a Funeral
How does the poll top 10 compare to the list your class came up with? Any controversial additions? Finally, tell your students that they have the opportunity to rewrite movie history and come up with an alternative ending to one of film’s most famous farwells – Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s in Casablanca. Play them the clip to show them the original then put them into small groups of 3 and 4 to come up with their own version. Play the clip with the sound off, pausing after each character has spoken to give the groups time to come up with their own lines. Encourage them to be as creative and off-the-wall as they like.
Afterwards get each group to perform their dialogue to the rest of the class, spoken in time with the muted video. You could make up a mini Oscar and award it to the group with the best/funniest script .
And finally, a song to play them out–