Post navigation

Grandfather

Posted on March 17, 2012 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful and poignant short film called Vovô (Portuguese for grandfather) by Luiz Lafayette Stockler.  Students practise listening, reading, speaking and writing.

film_in_action_thumbnail

 

I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free.

 

 

Language level: Intermediate  (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2.1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, listening, speaking, reading, writing a narrative and description

Topic: Grandparents

Language: would + infinitive to describe a past habit, language to describe old people

Materials: Short film

Downloadable material: grandfather lesson plan instructions     grandparents discussion questions    grandfather transcript

 

Support Film English

Film English remains ad-free and takes many hours a month to research and write, and hundreds of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy or value in it, please consider supporting Film English with a monthly subscription, or by contributing a one-off payment.

Monthly subscription

One-off payment

Step 1
Tell your students that you are going to tell them something about one of your grandparents. Give them some general information about your parent such as where they were born, what they look or looked like, and their character. For example I would explain the following information about my grandmother:
My grandmother was born in the West of Ireland. She lived on a farm and had 14 children. When I was a child I remember her as having white hair, lots of wrinkles and the most beautiful blue eyes. She was always positive, happy and joking with everyone.
After describing your grandparent get your students to ask questions to find out more information about your grandparent and their life.

 

Step 2
Tell your students you would like them to tell a partner something about one of their grandparents. They should use a similar structure to your description: general information, physical description, and character. Give them a few minutes to prepare their description and help them with any vocabulary they’d like to use. Next, get them to describe their grandparent to their partner.
Get feedback from the whole class and ask students to give information about their partner’s grandparent.

 

Step 3
Give students the discussion questions about grandparents and ask them to choose 4 of the questions to talk about in small groups.

 

[scribd id=85754075 key=key-tmvsbbwcu73qu3qauhb mode=list]

 

Step 4
Pre-teach the following vocabulary:
liver spots
bristly
broom
to sneak
cream crackers
to doze off
to rest your eyes (a humorous euphemism for sleeping)

 

Step 5
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film called Vovô in which a man tells a story about growing up with his grandfather in Brazil. Write up the following questions:

What is the story the man tells?
What did his grandfather look like?
What do you think his grandfather wanted to show him?
How do you think the man feels?
How does the film make you feel?

Show the film.

 

 

Step 6
Get students to discuss their answers and then get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 7
Give your students the transcript of the film.

 

[scribd id=85754393 key=key-3zw9qsbmbwfptdaqxy8 mode=list]

 

Tell them to read it and explain any vocabulary they don’t understand. Point out the use of would and infinitive. Write up the sentence:

He’d share cream crackers with me.

Ask your students why we use would in this situation. Try to elicit that we use it to describe a past habit.

 

Step 8
Show the film again and asked students what they think of the film and the story.

 

Homework
Tell your students you would like them to write a description of a grandparent and a story about something which their grandparent would do when they were a child. Tell them they should use would and infinitive.

I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

Support Film English

Film English remains ad-free and takes many hours a month to research and write, and hundreds of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy or value in it, please consider supporting Film English with a monthly subscription, or by contributing a one-off payment.

Monthly subscription

One-off payment

25 thoughts on “Grandfather

  1. Hi Kieran,
    This looks fantastic for talking about past habits and also for using with narratives. I’m going to try it this week …

    • Thanks a lot. I’m glad your students enjoyed the film despite the ending, but one of the beauties of short films is that they don’y have to have a happy Hollywood ending : )
      Cheers,
      Kieran

  2. Pingback: Film English: Grandfather | Chestnut ESL HOME

  3. Kieran,

    Another terribly touching short film – I’m definitely going to use this, although, as I teach in Brazil, I’m certain a few of my students are going to get quite teary for their own ‘vovô’.

    John.
    PS – did you know that in Brazil (and maybe Portugal) they call the ‘^’ accent, ‘chapel do vovô’ – ‘grandad’s hat’? Quite interesting, and quite cute!

  4. I am really inspired by this film .I will do it in class next week .I hope my students like it .My grandfather was an important person in my life .
    Thank you

  5. Pingback: Film “Grandfather” | Piretta's Blog

  6. Hello Kieran,

    I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have found you and your site! I am just starting out teaching, and I know these lessons and movies are going to help me so much. Absolutely brilliant!

    Anna

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *