Writing a review is not difficult if you know how to. Here I leave you some examples and tips that will make your review a great success.
In this presentation created by my colleague Saro Rosales from EOI Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where you can see the structure of a film review.
The elements of a book or film review include:
Genre and or Writing style
Background of the book/author/film/director
Adjectives to describe this book/film
Setting of the story (time and place)
Main characters and their roles in the book/film
Main story (in 2-3 sentences, what was the main conflict/problem?) (no spoilers, please)
Success of the book/film
Strengths of the book (why is it good?)
Weaknesses of the book (why isn’t it good?)
Is it recommended? Why or why not?
You can even include an anecdote of when you read/saw it and how you felt.
- vocabulary for different book/film genres
- useful words and expressions (like ‘is set in’, ‘takes place’, ‘revolves around’, ‘point of view’, ‘characterisation’, ‘dialogue’, ‘cast’, ‘special effects’, ‘filmograph’)
- vocabulary for describing a story (compelling, fast-paced, dull, gripping, thrillingetc)
- using quotes in a review (do we use citations, etc?)
- passive voice (‘is set in’, ‘was written by’, ‘has been translated’, etc)
- past or present participles
- the way reviewers usually use present tense to describe the events of the story (yes, reviews are usually written in the present tense)
Finally, here you are some links where you can find authentic reviews that you can use as examples or just to know what to read/see next.
For reviews of books you can visit the following sites:
- The New York Times
- Reviews Of Books.com
- Goodreads, with readers’ reviews and opinions.
For film reviews you can visit these other sites:
- The New York Times
- The Four Word Film Review, in this site films are reviewed using 4 words only.
- Imdb, with viewers reviews and opinions.
Finally, if you want to know about any music, artist, cd, etc., you can visit these websites:
Last week we were talking in class about interesting opening and closing sentences of famous books. And look what I’ve discovered today on The Telegraph website, a gallery with 30 interesting opening sentences of famous works, starting with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (my favourite).
How many of these books have you read? Which one do you think you would enjoy reading?
Just click on the picture below to see the gallery.
Thank you, María Valdés, for sharing this article.
Today I just want to share some information with you. If you already have your book, you must have seen this link. When you visit it, you’ll find acitivities for all lessons and topics: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. For each unit or “file” you have an activity that will help you practise. Why don’t you try it? This week we are dealing with FILE 1, why don’t you do all the activities online and see how you do it.?
When you finish, just leave an comment saying how it was for you.
We have been reading in our coursebook a short fragment of Italo Calvino If on a winter’s night a traveller, and we have agreed that the book seems to be quite interesting. In this post I’m going to include some links for you to know about this writer.
First of all, in the Wikipedia you can find information about his life and his work. But if you want to go beyond and read any of his books, you can visit Google Books, where you can find many of his works and many other books from different authors. In fact, here you can read If on a winter’s night a traveller in English. I hope you enjoy it.