Post navigation

Caine’s Arcade

Posted on June 3, 2012 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short documentary film called Caine’s Arcade directed by Nirvan Mullick and the themes of childhood games, creativity and imagination.

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)- Advanced (C1)

Learner type:All ages

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching short film, speaking, reading and writing

Topic: Childhood games, creativity and imagination

Language:used to + infinitive and vocabulary related to childhood games

Materials: Short film, discussion questions and article

Downloadable materials: caines arcade lesson instructions     childhood games and imagination discussion questions     caines arcade lessons article

 

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 they are going to talk about their childhood toys and games. Give them the discussion questions, put them in pairs and ask them to choose 4 questions to discuss. After 10 minutes get feedback from the whole class.

 

Childhood Games and Imagination Discussion Questions

 

Step 2
Get feedback from the following questions:

What games did you use to invent when you were a child?
Did you invent any toys when you were a child?

Get students to tell the class about their invented games and toys.

 

Step 3
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which a 9 year-old boy is very creative and imaginative. While they watch the film, they should note down his inventions. Show the film.

 

 

After watching the film get students to compare their answers in pairs, and then get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 4
Write on the board:
Caine Monroe
George Monroe
Nirvan Mullick
Tell your students they are going to watch the film a second time and that they should make brief notes about the people and how they relate to the story and the film. They should also write down adjectives to describe their character. Show the film, then put students into pairs to compare their answers, and then get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 5
Write the following question on the board.

What lessons can be learned from Caine’s Arcade?

Put student into pairs and ask them to discuss the question. After 5 minutes get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 6
Give your students the short article Lessons from Caine’s Arcade. Ask them to read the article, discuss the lessons and compare them with their own.

 

Caines Arcade Lessons Article

 

Homework
Give your students the link to the film and ask them to write the story the film tells using narrative tenses.

 

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

11 thoughts on “Caine’s Arcade

  1. I really love this lesson. It’s so motivating for students. Thanks a lot for sharing all your great lessons. Sally

  2. This was great Kieran as a what are you going to do over the holidays theme. My 15 year olds moved onto talking about being entrepreneurs and making the most of their time and ideas. Great stuff and really important when youth unemployment figures are so depressing. It’s so necessary to encourage ss to reach out for their dreams.

    • Thanks a lot, Tim. Great to know you and your students enjoyed the lesson. Yes, it’s really important to try to be optimistic in these difficult times and encourage students to be postive, creative and imaginative. All the best, Kieran

  3. It is such a delightful, heartwarming story! Did this lesson with a private ESL student (14 years old), and we both thoroughly enjoyed it!! Thanks Kieran for your work!

  4. Pingback: http://film-english.com/2012/06/03/caines-arcade/ | Harpreet's Blog

  5. Did you know that this movie sparked a huge international creativity movement? Anyone interested in doing some seriously cool follow up activities to this video should check out the Caine’s Arcade facebook pages and cardboardchallenge.com, it’s a really beautiful story and can lead into lots of interesting discussions 🙂

Leave a Reply

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