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Wisdom

Posted on June 27, 2012 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around a trailer for Wisdom by Andrew Zuckerman and the theme of wisdom. Students practise abstract nouns talk about wisdom, watch a short trailer and discuss quotes on wisdom.

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Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Wisdom

Language: Abstract nouns

Material: Short film, discussion questions and quotes

Downloadable material: wisdom lesson instructions     wisdom trailer transcript     wisdom quotes

 

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Step 1

Write the following adjectives on the board:

Intelligent

Optimistic

Sociable

Kind

Generous

Decent

Wise

Ask your students to come up with the abstract noun for each adjective.

Answers: intelligence, optimism, sociability, kindness, generosity, decency and wisdom

 

Step 2

Put your students in pairs and ask them to discuss the following question:

Which of the characteristics is most important to lead a happy life?

Give them five minutes to discuss the question and then get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 3

Ask your students the following questions:

 

What is wisdom?

What does being wise mean?

Can you name any well-known people who you think are wise?

 

Step 4

Tell your students that they are going to watch a short video in which well-known people from a wide range of fields talk about what wisdom means to them. The first time they watch it they should write down any words or expressions the people use to describe wisdom.

 

WISDOM Trailer from Andrew Zuckerman Studio on Vimeo.

 

Get feedback.

 

Step 5

Give students the transcript of the video. They should read throught the transcript, help them with any difficult vocabulary.

Wisdom Trailer Transcript

Step 6

Now show the video a second time.

 

Step 7

Put students in small groups and give them the quotes from the video. Ask them to discuss the quotes.

Wisdom Quotes

 

Homework

Give your students the link to the film. Ask them to choose the three quotes they like the most. For each quote they should should write a paragraph explaining what the quote means and why they like it.

 

I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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8 thoughts on “Wisdom

  1. That is an amazing lesson and amazing film! I know my students will be inspired! Thanks to you…
    All my warmest and kindest wishes to you.

  2. Many thanks for another great lesson Kieran!!!
    The website’s looking really good!

    Just noticed –
    Which IS OF the characteristics is most important to lead a happy life?
    Such a great lesson, the tiny typo should be corrected to make it perfect : )

  3. Thanks for the fantastic videos and short films, they are really good to engage students in discussions and giving opinions. Just a question: is it possible to add the subtitles in English to these videos?
    Thanks again =)

    • Hi Cindy, Thanks a lot for commenting, I’m really glad you like the short films and videos. There are various programmes for adding subtitles, but I simply haven’t got the time to download the films, add the subtiles and then upload the films ago. As I don’t own the copyright to the films, I can just download them either. All the best, Kieran

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