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Posted on September 21, 2011 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is based around an insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring short film called Moments by Everynone about the small moments that make life extraordinary.

Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Mature teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching two short films and talking about important moments

Topic: Moments

Language: Present, past and future tenses

Material: Two short films

Downloadable material: moments lesson instructions


Step 1

Write moments on the board and ask your students what comes to mind when they see the word.

Ask the question:

How would you define a moment?


Step 2

Put your students in pairs and ask them to talk about moments in their life which are, have been or may be important. Give them the following categories:

  • What moments are important to you in your own life right now?
  • What moments were important to you in your own life in the past?
  • What moments may be important to you in your own life in the future?


Step 3

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film called Moments about the small moments that make life extraordinary.

Ask your students to watch the film and to put the moments they see into one of the three categories below:

  • What is important to you in your own life right now.
  • What was important to you in your own life in the past.
  • What may be important to you in your own life in the future.

Help students with any vocabulary that comes up.



Step 4

Get  your students to compare their responses and to explain what they’ve put and why.  Ask them to explain 3 of the moments which are of importance to them in detail to their partner. To help students give examples of moments from the film which have been important for you. In my case, for example, I would tell my students:

“The picture of the recently born baby reminds me of when my oldest daughter, Rosa, was born. I was nervously pacing up and down in the waiting room of the hospital when the midwife came through the doors and showed me a beautiful baby girl. “This is your Rosa,” she said to me. Rosa was so beautiful and crying loudly. “She’s gorgeous, but very angry,” the midwife said . It was the happiest moment of my life, and I’ll never forget it.”


Step 5

Show the film a second time and ask students what the film’s message is.


Step 6

Tell students they are going to watch another short film called Small Pleasures, in Greek with English subtitles,  which starts with the following words:

Once upon a time in a country far far away a boy lived, very different from all the others. His name was Eftichis. Everything ran smoothly in his life until one day, many many years ago an incident made him see life from a different perspective. And suddenly, a big secret was revealed.

From the title of the film and the opening monologue ask students to predict what the film will be about, what story it will tell and what images they will see. Show the film and ask them if their predictions were correct.



Step 7

Put your students in pairs and ask them how many of the small pleasures seen in the film, they can remember. Show the film a second time for them to check their answers.

I first saw Small Pleasures on Ian James’ excellent blog.


I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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6 thoughts on “Moments

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  3. Hi, I’m Anna from Greece and I would like to congratulate you on your lesson plans. They’re all complete and easy to follow. I’ve linked some of your lesson plans to my blog.(If you wish I didn’t, I’ll remove them). ‘Small Pleasures’ is a film from my country and I’m glad I’ve found a lesson plan for it. My latest post is about Human Rights using your material (just linking, not copying). My blog is . Keep up with the excellent work:)

    • Hi Anna,
      Thanks for your kind comments and for linking to my materials. I’m very happy for you to use the materials in that way. Good luck with your blog.
      have a great 2012.
      All the best,

  4. Hi again Kieran,
    I was going to recommend the short film “Moments” to you and it crossed my mind that you might have seen it… so I went to your list and… ther it was! Hahaha “Eres un crac” (i don’t know if you can say this in English). When I first saw this clip I thought I could use it with my A1 and A2 students, to practise Present Contunious. They could produce sentences such as: “An old lady is eating” , “a boy is playing basketball”, etc What do you think? I have to consider the different steps (they need vocabulary), but I think it can work. Bye for now!

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