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Strangers

Posted on April 25, 2011 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film called Strangers directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, and the theme of racism. Students predict a story, watch a short film, speak about racism and write a narrative.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate(B2.11)

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Predicting a story, watching short film, speaking and writing a narrative

Topic: Racism

Language: Adjectives to describe character and appearance, and narrative tenses

Materials: Short film, discussion questions and anti-racism posters

Downloable materials: strangers lesson instructions     anti-racism posters     racism discussion questions

 

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Step 1

Show students the picture of two men below.

Ask your students to talk about the following questions in pairs:

Where do they come from?

What have they got in common physically?

How are they different physically?

What are their characters like?

What’s their relationship?

Get feedback from your students.

 

Step 2

Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film called Strangers in which these two men meet on a train. Ask your students to predict what story the film will tell.

 

Step 3

Show the students the film and ask them to compare their stories with the film narrative.

 

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Get feedback from your students.

 

Step 4

Ask them to watch the film again. Put them into small groups and give them 10 minutes to write a narrative of what happens in the film. Get a student from each group to red out their narrative.

Step 5

Show your students the anti-racism posters and quotes and ask them to discuss them in small groups.

 

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Step 6

Ask your students to discuss the questions about racism in pairs.

 

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I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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25 thoughts on “Strangers

  1. excellent resources, thanks a lot, looking forward to using this with my leaving certs 2mo, a group of 18boys, hard to keep them interested and i think this wil go down a treat!

  2. Hello! I didn’t follow this lesson plan entirely but showed the video to my students and asked them to write the narrative. I also gave them 10 words they had to use. They’re not a very easy class and they really got engaged in the activity and asked all sorts of questions. The feedback was really positive so thank you for sharing such interesting ideas & materials.
    All the best,
    Glória

    • Hi Gloria,
      The way you used the material sounds great. I think it’s a great film for engaging all learners, but especially young ones. Thanks a lot for your kind comments, I’m really happy that you likethe site.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  3. Hi, i have just completed this lesson with 2 groups of mild learning difficulty students. The film was great and got some great discussions going.
    Thank you so much.
    Sam

    • Hi Sam,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m really happy that your students enjoyed the lesson. It’s great to know the lesson works well with different types of students.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  4. wonderful lesson! i needed a good one for my 11th graders. and I like that it is not black vs white, that would create too much tension in my class. this is perfect!

  5. This film just gave me the creeps and shows that if there were no fundamentalists on both sides, Jews and Arabs would have remained brothers as they originally were!

  6. I have find your suggestions very interesting and I’m really looking forward to using them in my 12th grade. Thanks a bunch!

  7. I really liked the Strangers short film and used it in my class to discuss racism. The students were very engaged and it was one of my best discussions yet. thank you!

  8. I used the film with international students and it was very effective. I plan on using more of them. I hope you are still making films and sharing them.

  9. I found this website as I was searching for material to use in my Literature Topic, “Racism in Films” for a class on Diversity Matters. I’d come across the title and read that it was recommended. I am very glad I came across it. Thanks. It was wonderfully done film. I am finding that some of the best are not the big Hollywood productions, but the documentaries and short films.

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  11. Hi, I have found this extremely useful and have used it as a substitute many times. I also always recommend it to other substitutes as an Emergency Lesson Plan.

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