This 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.
Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing
Language: Abstract nouns
Material: Short film, discussion questions and quotes
Write the following adjectives on the board:
Ask your students to come up with the abstract noun for each adjective.
Answers: intelligence, optimism, sociability, kindness, generosity, decency and wisdom
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.
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?
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.
Give students the transcript of the video. They should read throught the transcript, help them with any difficult vocabulary.
Now show the video a second time.
Put students in small groups and give them the quotes from the video. Ask them to discuss the quotes.
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 the lesson.