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A Short Love Story

Posted on October 22, 2011 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is based on a beautiful animation called A Short Love Story by Carlos Lascano, and the theme of dreams. It also encourages students to write narratives using a fantastic storytelling  site called Storybird. The lesson is probably best suited to young learners, but could also be used with older learners.

Language level:  Elementary (A1) – Pre-intermediate (A2)

Learner type: All ages

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, and writing narratives

Topic:  Love, dreams and stories

Language:  Narrative tenses

Material:  Short film

Downloable material: a short love story lesson instructions


Step 1

Show your students of the picture of two birds below and ask them what words or sensations come to mind when they see the image. They may mention words like freedom, dreams and adventure.


Step 2

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which 2 birds appear at the start and the end of the film. Tell them that the film is called A Short Love Story, and then ask them what they think story the film will tell. Show the film and ask students if their predictions were correct.


Step 3

Put your students into small groups and ask them to retell the story as a narrative using past tenses. Give them 10 minutes to write their narrative.

After 10 minutes they should work with a member of a different group and tell their story.


Step 4

Ask students what the message of the film is. Get students to discuss their opinions.

Read out this comment  from the director Carlos Lascano in which he talks about the meaning of the film:

“I think the success of “A Short Love Story ” comes from the fact that people (like me) still need to believe in happy endings and good values. In childhood, dreams come true. “

Ask your students the following questions:

Do you believe in happy endings?

Do childhood dreams come true?


Follow up and homework

Tell your students you would like them to write a story using a great tool called Storybird. Go to Storybird and show students examples of books created using this tool.

Tell your students that for homework they are going to create a story using Storybird.

Tell younger learners that the story is for them, tell older learners that they should create the story for a young relative; a son or daughter, a grandchild, a nephew or niece, or a cousin.

Show them this tutorial on how to create a story using Storybird. It’s a good idea to pause after each section and go through the instructions to make sure your students have understood.

Give your students the links to Storybird and the tutorial (they just need to create an account) and ask them to create a simple story using narrative tenses for the following week.

I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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5 thoughts on “A Short Love Story

  1. Wonderful website and lessons. Thanks for sharing!
    I used this lesson with my 9th graders and it was wonderful to work with different levels of English. I like using post-it paper in pair or group work. So when I showed them the picture and asked the suggested questions in this lesson, I gave each of them a small post-it to register their words. Then, we wrote on their words on the board. After that, I followed the steps of showing the video, asking them to think of what the birds in the story represent. The words on the board were used to reflect about the video and I elicited the word dream/ future/ freedom to dream if those weren’t already on the board. After showing the video for the second time, I asked them to retell the story in pairs and take notes. We are working on StoryBird website now and creating the book online! :) The teachers in my school will love your lessons.

  2. I feel so desperate trying to teach my Arab students English.

    So I am keen to try any new and exciting tool This looks like a lot of fun.

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