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The Mirror

Posted on July 18, 2012 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Ramon and Pedro which tells the story of a boy’s journey from childhood to old age. Students practise speaking, writing and vocabulary related to age, face, body, mood and actions.

Language level: Intermediate (B1)- Upper-intermediate (B2.1)  

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Life and growing up

Language: to look like, to be like, vocabulary related to age, face, body, mood and actions.

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: the mirror lesson instructions


Step 1

Show your students this image and ask the following questions:

How old is the boy?

Where’s he from?

What does he look like?

What do you think he’s like?

Get feedback from the whole class.


Step 2

Tell your students that the image is from the start of a short film called The Mirror. Put them into pairs and ask them to discuss these questions:

What do you think you are going to see in the film?

What story do you think the film will tell?

Get the predictions of the whole class.


Step 3

Show the film and then discuss whose predictions were most accurate.


Le Miroir from ramonandpedro on Vimeo.


Step 4

Tell your students they are going to watch the film again. This time they should focus on the following things:






objects in bathroom:

Put them into small groups and ask them to list what they see in the film for each category. This will generate a lot of vocabulary, encourage students to use dictionaries to find vocabulary they need,


Step 5

Put the groups together to compare their lists and then write up the definitive suggestions on the board in the six different categories.


Step 6

Ask students how the film makes them feel.



Ask students to write a composition in which they are the character in the film. They should write a narrative describing how they feel and what is happening in their life throughout the film.


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10 thoughts on “The Mirror

  1. Hi Kieran,Another great lesson, I’m going to use it with my B1 students, they’ll love it Thanks for sharing it. Sally

  2. Dear Kieran,
    I’d like to express my admiration. Your films are a real treasure for any teacher. This one is not an exception. I used the film “The Mirror” during my public lesson with B2 students and it was a great success! I slightly changed your instructions as I had to focus on Сonditionals. For instance, I asked the students to choose an episode from the film and voice the thoughts, regrets, dreams and wishes of the character using the direct speech. Homework was aimed at making the students think about their own life – Write a first-person narrative describing how you‘d feel and what would happen in your life if you were 30 now… . Begin like this: “If I were 30, …” Or you may write about your possible future. Begin like this: “When I am 40 (60), …”
    Thanks once again for your thought-provoking films and lessons. They’ve become part and parcel of my work.
    Best wishes from Moscow.

    • Hi Tatiana,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to commment and for your kind words about the site. I’m really happy that you like the site so much and find the lessons useful.
      All the best,

  3. Thank you for this creative resource and all of them. I use them with my private ESL students and without fail they always enjoy the film and lessons. Your resources are an excellent use for comprehensible input for my private classes. Thank you.

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