This ESL lesson is designed around a beautiful and moving short film called Whistleless by Siri Melchior, and the themes of communication, creativity and learning a language.
Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Intermediate (B1)
Learner type: All ages
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing
Topic: Communication, creativity and learning a language
Language: Narrative tenses
Materials: Short film
Downloadable materials: whistleless lesson instructions
Show your students the image below and ask them to discuss what it means.
Ask them the following questions:
What does “find your own voice” mean? Is the meaning literal or non-literal?
How can you find your own voice?
What things can you do to find your own voice?
What does “sing your heart song” mean? Is the meaning literal or non-literal?
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which a little bird tries to find its own voice. Ask them to identify the different ways in which the little bird tries to find its own voice. Show the film and then get feedback.
Put your stuents into pairs, show the film gain and ask students to write a narrative based on the film beginning:
Once upon a time there was a little bird …
Give them 10 minutes to complete their narratives.
After 10 minutes put each pair with another pair and get them to compare their stories.
Now ask students if they think the idea of finding your own voice can be applied to learning a new language. Put them in small groups and ask them to discuss the following questions:
How can you find your own voice when learning English?
What things can you do to find your own voice in English?
Are there any tools which can help you to find your own voice in English?
Hold a plenary discussion on finding your own voice when learning a language.
Ask students to write a short composition titled How I can find my own voice in English.
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