The last kind of text we are revising (you had seen all of them before) are reviews. Here you have all the materials you need to write a good review of a movie or book. Just help yourselves!!!
Apart from what you can see in the presentation, don’t forget all the methods we have learnt to attract the reader’s attention, to use vocabulary related to the subject-matter and to use topic sentences.
For further information, you can check the following links.
- Writing a review by FCE Writing Guide.
- How to write a review by Emily Calvo.
- Writing a review by Languages International.
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:
Under the Tuscan Sun is a very great romantic story, it talks about, a new life in other country, meeting good and new friends and pleasant surprises that life gives you.
Frances Mayes is an American writer, whose is recently divorce, she has been mired in a deep depression. Her best friend Patti, worried about her, she gives her a multi-day trip to the beautiful Italian Tuscany trying to lift her spirits. Once there, Frances sees a dilapidated house and decides to buy it, the house needs many reforms, but she is willing to restore it and start a new life. Frances makes new friends, discover herself and try to start a new life, she will realize that the fate brings her a lot of surprises. This is the best book I’ve read as a romantic comedy, like the movie as well. I recommend it to everyone who likes romantic comedies.
This is a short trailer of the film. Enjoy it!
Tomorrow we’re having our last writing test before your Certificate Exams. As there are many text types involved I’ve created this slideshow presentation for you. With it you can revise all the text types seen in class (except for blogposts, sms, and notes).