Speaking (Books / Movies)


Idioms & Expressions:


bookworm (noun; someone who is always reading a book)

I’m a bookworm and always have something to read with me.


book smarts (knowledge or intelligence you acquire through reading and studying)

He’s got book smarts, but not much common sense.


(be) an open book (an expression which means someone is very forthcoming and willing to volunteer information)

Ask me anything; I’m an open book!


read between the lines (this expression means to find the subtext in what is being said by not taking something literally)

If you read between the lines, it’s clear that she doesn’t like you.


you can’t judge a book by its cover (an expression which means you can’t judge something by its outward appearance alone)


read him/her like a book (this means you are able to understand what someone is thinking just by looking at them)

He says he doesn’t like her but I know he really does – I can read him like a book.


hit the books (a casual expression which means to study)


read up on / brush up on _____ (terms which mean to review some material)

I need to brush up on my history, so I’m going to hit the books tonight.


read from cover to cover (to read something completely)

The day I bought it, I read the Harry Potter book from cover to cover.


catch a movie (alternate expression for ‘going to see a movie’)

If you’re free this weekend, let’s go catch a movie.


movie buff (noun; used to describe a person who’s very knowledgeable about movies)

Being a movie buff, I’ll watch a movie whenever I have free time.


franchise (noun; alternate word for “film series”)

The Fast & The Furious movies are a very popular film franchise.


blockbuster (noun; this is a financially successful movie)

Captain America was one of the biggest blockbusters of the past year.


live up to expectations (an expression used to refer to how one’s expectations compare to the reality of an experience)

I was happy with the movie. It lived up to my expectations.


eye candy (noun for visually appealing scenes of images in movies)

Transformers is pretty dumb, but it has a lot of eye candy.



Part I: Class Discussion

  1. Do you like to read books?

I love reading, but I don’t have a chance to do it too often. I grew up reading, though. It was my first choice of entertainment, because my family didn’t have a TV.

  1. What kind of books do you like to read?

I generally read detective mysteries and thrillers. I also like to read nonfiction books on topics that I think are interesting.

  1. Do you prefer reading books or watching films?

Generally I like to watch movies. But I still love reading. Movies are just easier to watch and they’re easier to follow. I’m kind of lazy so reading requires too much focus for me sometimes.


  1. For children, what do you think are the benefits of reading?

I think reading teaches children how to think critically, focus, and to be creative. These are important skills that I think are dying these days as life gets easier and easier and we are more connected to the internet.


Part II: Individual Presentations


Describe a book you have read or a film you have seen. You should say:

  • what this book or film was
  • when you read or saw it
  • why you decided to see the film or read the book
  • and say if you enjoyed it and why


One of my favorite movies is “Casino Royale,” starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. I love this movie because it tells a very simple story of how he became a secret agent. I think the action scenes are incredible and the editing and cinematography are very well done. I think I’ve seen it about twelve times and I always enjoy it. I didn’t really like the other movies Craig has done as Bond, but this one is great.

Part III: Pair Interviews


  1. Would you like to be an author? Why or why not?
  2. What is a movie you would like to be an actor in?