This lesson is designed around an inspiring short film called To Do List about what we do in our everyday lives. The lesson also encourages students to reflect on their own language learning and how they can improve it.
Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Intermediate(B1)
Learner type: All ages
Time: 45 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, discussion, writing a to do list
Topic: To do lists, reflecting on learning a language
Language: comparatives more and less
Materials: Short film
Downloadable materials: to do list instructions
Write to do list on the board. Ask the students if they know what one is. Tell them it is a list a person makes to help them to remember to do things or to start to do something important. Ask them if they ever make to do lists. Ask them what kind of things they put on these lists.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film called To Do List. Ask them to note down what things the lists says to do more and less of.
Show the film.
Get feedback. Here’s the complete list:
Write a script
Take a class
Make a mess
And if it doesn’t work out, start over
Put your students into pairs and ask them to discuss the advice in the film, and to say if they could do the same things in their own life.
Tell your students you would like them to write a to do list to help them improve their English. Put them in small groups and tell them to come up with a to do list of 10 things to do more of related to learning English inside and outside the classroom.
Give them some examples: take more risks, listen to more music in English, speak more in class. Give students 5 minutes to come up with their lists. After 5 minutes get feedback from all the groups.
Ask your students to create their own to do list to help them improve their English for homework.
In the following class give them feedback on their lists and encourage them to actually do the things on their lists.
I hope you enjoy the lesson.