This lesson is designed around a short film by Vitùc called The Pleasure Of which captures a series of seemingly unremarkable moments in our life. Students talk about daily routines and pleasures, and watch a short film.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2.1)
Learner type:Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Speaking about daily routines and pleasures, and watching a short film,
Language: Gerund as noun and vocabulary of everyday activities
Materials: Short film
Downloable materials: the pleasure of lesson instructions
Write Pleasure on the board. Tell your students five things which give you pleasure in your everyday life, they should be smalll and insignificant things, for example:
Having a shower.
Looking at the stars.
Watching my daughters sleep.
Reading the newspaper in the park.
Drinking coffee in a terrace.
Then ask students to write down 10 things which give them pleasure using the gerund as the subject of the sentence. Tell them that the things shouldn’t be very big things, but small, insignificant everyday things. Give them time to think and then write down their ten things of pleasure.
Put your students into pairs and ask them to explain their ten small pleasures to their partner. After five minutes get feedback from the whole class and talk about the type of everyday things which give you and them pleasure.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which a series of small pleasures are shown. Tell them to watch the film and afterwards to try to recall as many of the small pleasures as they can.
Get feedback from the whole class and see how many of the small pleasures they can remember and help students with any vocabulary. Show the film a second time , but this time pause at each pleasure and get students to name it. Then ask them if the thing gives them pleasure.
Ask your students the following questions:
How did the film make you feel?
Do you think the film has a message?
What’s the message of the film?
Do you think we overlook the small things which make life beautiful?
I hope you enjoy the film and the lesson.