The King's Speech, Royal Visit, Short-Sequence ESL Movie Lesson

Short-Sequence ESL Movie Lesson

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Short Sequence: The Royal Visit

A British couple receives a surprise visit from the King and Queen of England. (intermediate-level students)


                    King George VI                                                   Queen Elizabeth                                     King George VI (Bertie)                                                                                                Queen Elizabeth

                         Lionel Logue                                                                               Myrtle
                                           Lionel Logue                                                                                                                     Myrtle Logue


Movie projector Icon A | First Watch. Chapter 15--1:16:45 (Time: 5 minutes)

B | Main Idea.

1. Why do King George and Queen Elizabeth visit Lionel?

 2. How does Lionel treat King George?


C | Vocabulary in Movie Quotations

Match the words and meanings by using context (visual and verbal), parts of speech, word parts, and what you already know.

Waiting for a king to (1) apologize, (2) one can wait rather a long wait.

I (3) went about it the wrong way.

Every stammerer always fears going back to (4) square one.

Every monarch in history has (5) succeeded* someone who's dead.

My (6) predecessor is not only alive, but very much so.

It's a (7) bloody mess.

Like your dad used to do? (8) Precisely*.

Will Their Majesties be staying for dinner?   We'd love to, but alas a (9) previous* (10) engagement.

London Bridgea. __7__ bad
b. _____ before
c. _____ the beginning
d. _____ did something
e. _____ replace
f. _____ meeting
g. _____ a person
h. _____ a person who came before
i. _____ words of regret
j. _____ strong yes


Movie projector Icon D | Second Watch. Chapter 15--1:16:45 (Time: 5 minutes)

E | Detail Questions.

 1. How do the King and Queen feel about Lionel's home?

 2. What does King George give Lionel?

 3. What is King George's problem?

 4. Who is Lionel Logue?

 5. What advice does Lionel give King George?

 6. How does Myrtle react to meeting Queen Elizabeth?

 7. What names do Lionel and King George use for each other?


   Inference Questions.

 1. Why does King George stammer?

 2. Why does Queen Elizabeth say "no" to Myrtle's invitation?


Vocabulary in context:

  1. apologize--(v.) say you are sorry
  2. one--(pronoun) any person
  3. go about (it)--(v.) do your work
  4. square one--(n.) the beginning
  5. succeed*--(v.) become the new king
  6. predecessor--(n.) person who held the job before
  7. bloody--(adj.) very bad (British slang)
  8. precisely*--(adv.) exactly
  9. previous*--(adj.) before
10. engagement--(n.) meeting plan

*On the Academic Word List AWL (Averil Coxhead, 2000)

F | New Context.

1. How do I _________________ getting a drivers license?  I don't know the procedure.

2. ______________ should always practice good manners.

3. The person who gave me the driving test was not a minute late. She was ____________ on time.

4. Some people think English food is ___________ awful.  But I like it.

5. I'm the new teacher.  Was my ____________ a good teacher?

6. Do you mean the _______________ teacher?

 7. I know which U.S. president came before James Buchanan, but who _________________ him?

8. I _________________ for being late. . .

9. We had a long and lovely dinner _______________ .

10. When all else fails, go back to   ___________________ .


Word-Wise WisdomPredecessor, precisely*, and previous* contain the prefix "pre" which means before.  Which of these words means the least like before?..  Precisely has the oldest known etymology (history), so its meaning has had the most time to change.  This may help explain why precisely doesn't really mean before.
Collocation: Words often used together. previous engagement, square one.

H | Time Order.

Put these events in the correct time order (1-6).  Two of the events are implied, but not seen in the sequence.

____ Myrtle and Queen Elizabeth meet.
____ Lionel and King George (Bertie) hide while the women chat.
____ The King and Queen arrive at Lionel's home.
____ King George offends Lionel.
____ Lionel and Myrtle have dinner.
____ King George gives Lionel a coin.

I | Which one, or both?

Write B (Bertie), L (Lionel), or B (both).

___ Is probably quite arrogant.
___ Stammers.
___ Respects the other one.
___ Offers advice to the other.
___ Enjoys watching Myrtle's reaction to her surprise guests.

J | Discussion.

Describe the interior of Lionel and Myrtle's home.
If you had a surprise visit by a famous person, what would you do?Icon image
Who would you like this famous visitor to be?

K | Writing.

Of the four characters, describe your favorite.

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L | Act it Out.

Time permitting, get a copy of the script's-Speech,-The.html. 
Four students can act the parts of the characters for the class.


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