This lesson is based on the theme of inspiration and inspirational quotes in films.
Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1) – Advanced (B2.2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching three videos, listening
Topic: Inspiration, inspirational quotes and happiness
Language: Inspirational quotes
Material: Three short videos, video transcript and answer sheet
Ask your students if they can think of any inspiring quotes or speeches from films. Ask them if they can remember the exact words and the context.
tell your students they are going to watch a short video in which there are 40 inspiring quotes in 2 minutes. The clips are very short and fast, and it’s important to tell students that at this stage they don’t need to try to understand everything. Ask them the following questions:
Do you recognise any of the films?
Were any of the quotes the ones you remembered?
Show your students the transcript of the video which is itself an inspiring speech created through a montage of the 40 inspiring quotes.
Ask your students the following questions:
What is “the pursuit of happiness”?
What do you need to do to get happiness?
Tell your students they are going to watch an inspiring quote from a film called The Pursuit of Happyness.
Now show your students a kinetic typography film of the quote. Show it again, this time pause it and get students to repeat each sentence.
Ask your students if they have any favourite inspirational quotes, get them to share the quotes and discuss them. Then show students the inspirational quotes in the presentation below, and ask them to discuss the quotes in small groups.
Ask students to watch this video which is a collection of interviews with the main actor of The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith in which he argues that our words and thoughts have real power.
Students should watch the film at home and make notes on what Will Smith says in the following sections in the Scribd document below, and in the following class discuss what he says about positive thinking and attitude.
A wealth of material on inspiration can be found at David Deubel’s excellent EFL Classroom.
I hope you enjoy the lesson.