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Smoking

Posted on November 19, 2011 by kierandonaghy

This EFL 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.

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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

Languagewill and going to to make predictions

Materials: Short film; 2 film clips and PowerPoint

Downloadable materials: smoking lesson plan instructions     smoking discussion questions     smoking scene questions     spoof cigarette ads slides

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Step 1

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.

Step 2

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?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WcgAkK2LTo&w=630&h=400]

Step 3

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.

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Step 4

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?

Step 5

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.

 

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Step 6

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 .

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQpc_mJEXxs&w=630&h=400]

 

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Follow up

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.

 

[slideshare id=15857843&doc=spoofcigaretteadsslides-130104133354-phpapp02]

 

I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

 

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6 thoughts on “Smoking

  1. Hi there, thanks so much for this detailed lesson plan. Smoking is a great conversation topic for teenage and adult learners. I really like that your site uses film. There’s something about moving images on a screen that keeps the attention of students much better than I can on my own! Great resource for English teachers, thank you so much.

    Jon Sumner
    U.K.

  2. In Portugal we have a considerable “slice” of the syllabus in the 9th grade dealing with addictions so this is a great resource of ideas to use in class. thanks so much for your wonderful suggestions and material.

  3. Hi Kieran,
    Thank you for this wonderful and detailed lesson, it worked super with an intermediate student, I guess because we devoted a long time to the warm up to then go on. The impact of images and guidance with vocabulary helped a lot and the topic was really appealing, there was a lot of speaking, listening and as follow up a writing asking st to report on how smoking has changed from something cool to something that kills . Must admit I don´t dare do it with my smoker student. What a terrible dilemma! I teach one to one.
    Thanks again for sharing
    Debbie

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks a lot for the feedback, it’s great to hear how other teachers and their students have found the lessons. I really like the way you’ve used the lesson, writing a report is a really good idea. I’m really happy that you found the lesson useful.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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