This lesson plan is based on a short film by Christian Filek called Occupied and the theme of smoking . It also encourages students to talk about how smoking is represented in films, television series and in advertising.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (B2.2)
Learner type: Mature teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Predicting, speaking and listening
Topic: Smoking, smoking in films and advertising
Language: will and going to to make predictions
Materials: Short film; 2 film clips and PowerPoint
Write Occupied on the board and ask students where they have seen this word. They may well know that it’s used to show that a public toilet is being used. Tell them they are going to watch a film called Occupied referring to a toilet on a plane. Ask them what they think will happen in the film.
Show the film Occupied until 1.12, then pause and ask students what the woman is doing, and what they think will happen next. Restart and show the film until 1.41, and ask what is going to happen next. Show the rest of the film and ask students for their reaction to it. Do they feel it is in bad taste?
Put your students into small groups and ask them to discuss the questions about smoking in the Scribd document below. You may like to pre-teach the vocabulary in bold in the questions.
Get feedback from your students. Focus particularly on their answers to the last 2 questions: How is smoking portrayed in films and television series? Can you think of any famous film scenes in which people are smoking?
Show this clip of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in To Have and Not Have in which Lauren Bacall smokes. Ask students what they think of it. Do they think that smoking is presented as a glamorous activity.
Tell your students they are going to watch part of documentary about smoking in films. they should watch the film and answer the following questions .
Ask your students the following questions: Where are cigarettes normally advertised? What are cigarette ads like? What images are associated with smoking and cigarettes in ads? What type of lifestyle is associated with smoking and cigarettes in ads? Show them the slides below which have the original ads for Marlboro and Camel cigarettes followed by spoof ads created by adbusters, an anti-consumerism organisation. Ask your students to discuss the ads.
I hope you enjoy the lesson.