This EFL lesson is designed around a short film Amar by Andrew Hinton which focuses on a single day in the life of a fourteen year-old Indian boy. Students practise talking about their present and past daily routines, and compare their routines with those of the boy featured in the film.
Language level: Intermediate (B1)- Advanced (C1)
Learner type: All ages
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching short film, speaking and writing
Topic: Daily routines
Language: Present simple, used to + infinitive and comparatives.
Materials: Short film
Downloable materials: amar lesson instructions
Put your students into pairs and ask them to describe their daily routine to their partner. They should explain what time they get up, what they have for breakfast, what time they leave the house etc. Tell them to give as much information as possible.
Now ask students to tell their partner about their daily routine when they were fourteen year-old. Give them an example such as:
When I was 14 I used to get up at 7 O’clock. I used to have cereal for breakfast. I used to leave the house at 8 O’clock and I used to have to catch 2 buses to school. I used to start school at 9 O’clock.
Encourage them to use the construction used to + infinitive
Now ask each student to write 5 sentences comparing their partners present and past daily routine. For example:
Maria gets up earlier now than when she was a child.
Maria used to leave the house earlier when she was a child.
Maria has less homework now
Maria works much harder now.
Maria used to have more freetime when she was a child.
After students have finished their sentences, they should read them to their partner and their partner should say if they are correct or not.
Next get each student to read out a sentence about their partner to the whole class.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film about a single day in the life of Amar, a fourteen year-old Indian boy. As they watch the film they should think how their daily routine is similar or different to that of Amar. Show the film.
Get students to write 5 sentence comparing their daily routine when they were fourteen with that of Amar. When they have finished they should compare them with their partner.
Ask students the following questions about the film:
What adjectives would you use to describe Amar?
How does the film make you feel?
What do you think Amar’s ambitions are?
The title of the film in Amar (All great achievements require time). What does “all great achievements require time” mean?
After students have discussed the questions tell them that Amar is an excellent student who is top of his class and his ambition is to be a professional cricket player.
Give your students the following instructions.
Imagine that they are Amar. Write a composition desrcibing a typical day in your life and your feelings throughout the day.
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