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MAX’S MOVIE TEACHERS GUIDE 1 TEACHERS GUIDE TO “MAX’S MOVIE” INTRODUCTION: Max’s movie is a series of ten episodes • Oral and written instructions and descriptions. produced in Sweden for Swedish students in fourth to • Different types of conversations, dialogues and inter- sixth grade. In the series we get to know Max, a movie views. interested and creative but lonely boy in his early teens. • Films and dramatised narratives for children and Max’s movie is set in a Swedish small town. The series youth. deals with topics like parent-teenager relationship, bul- • Songs, sagas and poems. lying and friendship. • Strategies to understand key words and context in spoken language and texts, for example, by adapting Each episode begins with an extract from Max’s home- listening and reading to the form and content of com- made movie which then is followed by scenes from his munications. real life. Max’s own movie is a parallel to his real life. • Different ways of searching for and choosing texts During the series Max develops from being a very lonely and spoken English from the Internet and other me- and passive boy into a stronger character with more self- dia. esteem. • Language phenomena such as pronunciation, in- tonation, grammatical structures, spelling and also In the extracts from Max’s own movie a more challenging fixed language expressions in the language pupils English is being used but in the scenes from his every- encounter. day life the language is direct and easy to understand for • How words and fixed language expressions, such as young learners. This gives all students on different levels politeness phrases and forms of address, are used in the possibility to develop their language skills. texts and spoken language in different situations. • How different expressions are used to initiate and In this teachers guide you will find tasks for each episo- complete different types of communications and de. In the guide there are also wordlists and short sum- conversations. maries of each episode. Finally you will find a list of sug- • Speaking, writing and discussing – production and gestions for more tasks. interaction • Presentations, instructions, messages, narratives FOCUS: The classroom work in this teachers guide is fo- and descriptions in connected speech and writing. cused on letting the young English learners use and de- • Language strategies to understand and make oneself velop their English skills in discussions about important understood when language skills are lacking, such as and interesting everyday topics. The pupils will use and through reformulations. develop oral and writing skills as well as up to date vo- • Language strategies to participate in and contribute cabulary. to discussions, such as questions, and phrases and expressions to confirm understanding. Underneath the parts of Lgr 11 that are relevant are • Language phenomena to clarify and enrich commu- highlighted: nication such as pronunciation and intonation, spel- Core content, English Lgr 11 ling and punctuation, polite phrases, and other fixed In years 4–6 language expressions and grammatical structures. CONTENT OF COMMUNICATION SUGGESTIONS ON WORK PROCEDURE • Subject areas that are familiar to the pupils. Each episode is approximately ten minutes long. Show • Daily situations, interests, people, places, events and each episode twice. Use English subtitles. Let some pu- activities. pils retell the story (in Swedish or English, depending on • Views, feelings and experiences. the language level of the group) between the showings • Daily life, ways of living and social relations in diffe- so you make sure everybody can follow the story. rent contexts and areas where English is used. • Listening and reading – recepti

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