Everyone likes movies. ESL students enjoy them, too, especially if given information and vocabulary before the viewing.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is an excellent film to show during lessons on the delicious confection. Explain the plot to the students without giving away the ending. Provide them with a word list of vocabulary heard in the movie. Discuss the list before showing the movie. Run the movie from beginning to end. Do not stop and start. This makes it difficult for the students to keep up with the plot.
Make the movie day enjoyable. Provide popcorn or allow students to eat snacks they bring from home.
At the end of the movie, ask if the students have questions about the movie. After discussing all the questions, ask students what the themes of this movie are. Explain that themes are the main points of the story. For instance, family relations are a theme, as is competition.
Note: If the movie is not available, obtain copies of the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to read in class as well as at home. Discuss each chapter. Have students keep reading journals to track themes, vocabulary and questions they may have.