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It's here!
Possibly the best Christmas present one could ever get!
The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

 So grab your imagination and let's take the journey back to that galaxy far, far, away...

 

Below young padawan, you will find a collection of tools, exercises and activities designed to provide you with assistance in your journey to perfect your English.

 

"No, try not!  Do.  Or do not.  There is no try."
- Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

Remember this day!  Here's an article with exercises about the premier of the film December 16, 2015

News

It's hot!  News and reviews of the the new film are everywhere.  On the left you'll find the 50 most recent articles about The Force Awakens from top news sources. Click here for full page news.

How to use the articles to improve your English:

  1. Beginner:
    1. Read over the article for new vocabulary,
    2. then make a list of all the words that you don't understand.
    3. Find the definition of these words,
    4. then reread the article carefully for comprehension.
  2. Intermediate:

    1. Read the article,

    2. then complete an English reading log sheet entry online, and

    3. print it and give it to your teacher for comments.

Click here for more information about Reading Logs

More Articles

Video News.  Similar to the printed news activity above, you can use some of the latest video news to work on your listening comprehension.  Simply follow the instructions below.

Intermediate to Advanced

Instructions:

  1. Select a video from the playlist above.
  2. Have a pen or pencil handy and listen to and watch the video carefully for vocabulary and expressions.
  3. Then replay the video as often as needed to listen for overall comprehension.
  4. Fill out the English video log sheet entry on the left.  You will need to download it to print it or fill it in on your computer.
  5. Print it and give it to your teacher for comments.

 

Of course there's a book, there's always a book.

The official junior novelization of the film by Michael Kogge.

Read you must, good for the mind it is. 

Find out more of what's going on the characters' heads and strengthen your comprehension of English  at the same time by reading the book and completing the comprehension guide on the left.   And.. if you've seen the film, think how easy the book will be!

Click here to order a copy of the book.

Comprehension guide for Star Wars: The Force Awakens A Junior Novel.  Complete these questions while reading the book for a deeper understanding of English and the events in the 7th installment of the saga!

Click here to download the PDF

WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RESISTANCE

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory. (wookieepedia)

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Reading & Listening

  • Breaking News English - Select your level and complete reading and listening activities based on the release of The Force Awakens.
  • A New Hope - A collection of listening and reading movie activities based on Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • "The Star Wars Robots"  - A reading and listening comprehension activity about robots in Science Fiction.
  • Correct Yoda - (pdf) We all know Yoda has some pretty bizarre grammar, so in this activity, you will correct Yoda's most famous lines. 
 

 

  •  Video Quiz - A short listening quiz for the trailer of The Force Awakens.
  • Discussion Questions - 17 open discussion questions about The Force Awakens for a group or individual thought.

Read-Along

Here is a short novelized version of the film for beginners.  Listen to the audio and read along with the text in the video.

Aurebesh

Learn the language of Star Wars with this activity book.  An in-depth fun activity designed for the Force sensitive as well as for fans of the saga.

 Download the primer in PDF here.

Fun Quizzes and Nothing Serious

Word Puzzles

  • IMDb - The Force Awakens on the Internet Movie Database.
  • Wookieepedia - at over 124,000 pages, the user created content has everything you ever wanted to know about the Star Wars universe and franchise.
  • The Star Wars Homepage - The official web page of Star Wars.  Everything Star Wars: News, Games, Apss, Events, History & more.
  • New Star Wars Canon - A complete guide to the books, movies and T.V. shows that make up the Star Wars universe.

The Music

Soundtrack for The Force Awakens

 The music of John Williams.

It's been said that a large part of the success of the original film was due to John Williams's majestic score.  Even those who have never seen the films can recognize the  famous "Da ta ta ta Taa" of the opening theme music.  Can we even imagine any of the films without the score?  I'll bet we can't.

Soundtrack for the first trilogy

Teaching Resources

Here is a collection of classroom resources for teachers that I came across in looking for materials for this page.  I hope you find them as useful as I did in adapting lessons to coincide with the rebirth of the Star Wars saga...

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