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Apricot

Posted on May 1, 2011 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around an award-winning film called Apricot by Ben Briand and the subject of memories. Students describe and interpret photos, watch a short film and speak about childhood memories.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Describing and interpreting photos, watching a short film and speaking about childhood memories

Topic: Memories

Language: Vocabulary related to childhood and memories

Materials: Short film, photos related to childhood and discussion questions

Downloabable materials: apricot lesson instructions     childhood memories photos        memories discussion questions

 

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Step 1

Write childhood memories on the board, and ask students what springs to mind.

 

Step 2

Put your students into small groups and then show them the photos related to childhood in some way in the PowerPoint. Ask them to talk about how each photo may be related to childhood memories. You can use all of the photos, or choose the ones which you think are most evocative of childhood.

 

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Step 3

Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film called Apricot about memories. Write the following questions on the board:

1. What questions does the man ask the woman?

2. Why do you think he wants to know this information?

3. Why is the film called Apricot?

4. What’s the meaning of the film?

 


Step 4

Put your students into pairs and ask them to choose 7 questions to ask their partner.

 

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I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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17 thoughts on “Apricot

  1. Thank you for a very moving lesson plan 🙂 🙂 🙂
    We are learning relationships with my secondary school students and I find this quite fitting in to conclude the ‘ unit’. I will comment after we have gone through it. Great thanks for many ideas!!!

    • Hi Selga,

      Thanks a lot for your kind comments. Let me know how the lesson goes, I’d like to know how it works with secondary school children as I’ve only used it with adults.
      All the best,

      Kieran

      • Hi Kieran,

        just wanted to let you know that it went very smoothly, however, an interesting observation was that the same age students who are split into two groups for English (aged 17-18) had different tastes – one really liked and went into discussion, the other was overwhelmed by the film itself 🙂

        Anyway, thanks again! Btw, I followed it exactly the way you had created and it took two 40 minute periods. I will be using it again next season 🙂

        Cheers,
        Selga

        • Hi Selga,
          That’s great. I’m really happy the lesson went well. As I told you before I hadn’y used it with younger learners so i was really interested to know if it would work or not with them.
          All the best,
          Kieran

  2. I haven’t used this film in my lessons but I keep watching it all over again since I discovered it for the first time here in your blog . There’s something marvellous in its pace and content and the associations between memory and the senses. are so poetically conveyed. it’s a precious gift.

  3. I will use this lesson plan in today’s class. Although I haven’t used it yet, I believe it’ll work really well. Thank you very much indeed for sharing, and I’ll definitely post something later on.

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  5. Thank you for your lessons. I just used this one with a small group of advanced EFL adolescents. It went really well and created rich discussion on what memories are and the senses that trigger them. One note of caution when teaching this lesson- if you do not always know your students’ backgrounds it may invoke traumatic memories. One of my students was crying during the questions at the end. We got through it okay, but I think it is important to be prepared for an emotional reaction. Again, it was still a great lesson.

    • Hi Nicole,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m really glad your students enjoyed the lesson. I understand what you mean when you say the film may invoke traumatic memories; I think we always run the risk of invoking negative emotions when we try to get an emotional response from learners. I’ve had similar emotional responses, although not with this film, in lessons and it’s something you had to take into account.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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  8. I’m teaching an ESL methods class for the first time and your website looks very interesting. Could you translate a one off payment for me, and are there links to the films or would I need to acquire them myself. Thanks, Susan

    • Hi Susan,
      Thanks very much for commenting and for the kind words. I’m not quite sure what mean when you say “translate a one off payment”. The lessons are free but I ask teachers to consider donating to the site through PayPal to keep the site free.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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