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The King’s Speech

Posted on February 19, 2011 by kierandonaghy

 

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This lesson is designed around the trailer for The King’s Speech and the theme of speaking in public. Students talk about speaking in public, watch a film trailer, read advice about speaking in public and prepare a short film presentation.

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2.1)

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching film trailer, speaking about speaking in public, reading advice about speaking in public and preparing a presentation

Topic: Speaking in public and presentations

Language: Emotions and vocabulary related to speaking in public

Materials: Film trailer, discussion questions and presentation tips

Downloadable materials: the kings speech lesson instructions     speaking in public discussion questions     presentation lessons from the kings speech

 

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Step 1

Write Speaking in Public on the board and ask the students what emotions come to mind. Write the emotions on the board and then practise the pronunciation.

 

Step 2

Put your students into pairs and ask them to discuss the questions about public speaking.

 

 

Get feedback from the students.

 

Step 3

Put your students into small groups and ask them to explain to each other what they know about the film The Kings SpeechGet feedback from each group after 5 minutes.

 

Step 4                           

Tell them they are going to watch the trailer of the film and that they should answer these questions.

How does the king feel about speaking in public?

What problem does he have?

Are there any tips about speaking in public in the trailer?

 

Get feedback from the students and watch a second time.

 

Step 5

Tell the students they are going to look at a PowerPoint presentation which gives 5 pieces of advice about speaking in public based on The King’s Speech. Ask students to speculate on what the 5 pieces of advice might be. Show the students the presentation and ask them what they think about the advice.

 


 

 

Step 6

Ask students to discuss these questions related to the 5 presentation lessons.

 

Homework

Ask students to prepare a short presentation on one of their favourite films; in the next class they have to give the presentation and try to follow the advice from the The King’s Speech presentation.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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38 thoughts on “The King’s Speech

  1. Just to let you know that I worked with the film in class and with your questions. My students loved it.

  2. Thanks for this great lesson plan! It went down very well with my students this morning – they observed how the tips on public speaking could apply equally well to learning English, leading to a lengthy and interesting discussion. Thanks again!

  3. What an incredible lesson plan. Thank you so much for the thoughtful questions. I am teaching a unit on “great speeches of our time” and this really brought an emotive piece to the equation I was looking for.

    • Hi Zoe,
      Thanks for your kind comments. I’m really glad the lesson helped you in teaching the unit on “Great Speeches”. There are lots of examples of great speeches in films, aren’t there?
      All the best,
      Kieran

  4. What a great lesson plan ! it is really helpful when working with the movie in class. I agree with Andrea : the tips on public speaking could apply equally well to learning English. Thank you for sharing Kieran !

    All the best,
    Michèle

    • Hi Michèle,
      Thanks a lot for your kind comments. I’m really happy you enjoyed the lesson. You’re right the rules for being a good presenter could also be applied to a good language learner.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  5. Kieran,
    I’ve got to say that this website is amazing. You have truly lifted by teaching capacity to another level. I absolutely adore these lessons, and most of all, you!
    Thank you Kieran.

  6. a quite interesting lesson plan indeed! I really enjoy it. speaking in public or speech impedement are both serious problems to tackle with our students
    thank you for sharing
    nathalie

  7. Fantastic idea. Wanted to use the King’s Speech with an exam class and just happened to come across your ‘ready-made , ready-to-go’ plan. Life saver and great help.
    Thank you for your great ideas.
    All the best,
    Dee

  8. Thank you so much for this – it’s just what I’m looking for. I adore this film and look forward to bringing it to life in class this week.

    Elloa

  9. This information is very useful for us as a teacher, how to teach the student to be able give the speech well in front of the class. thanks so much for this post. it’s very recommended.

  10. Hi Kieran!
    What a great lesson plan and topic!Public speaking is something I’m working on to organize an annual competition at school!Thanks a lot!this lesson is of big help!

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