This EFL lesson is designed around an inspiring short film by Ien Chi and the theme of life. Students practise speaking, writing and reading, and use the second and third conditionals.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, writing a narrative, speaking and reading a short article
Topic: Life and death
Language: Second and third conditionals, and abstract nouns
Materials: Short film and newspaper article
Show students the questions in the document below. Ask them what all the questions have in common, they should be able to tell you that all of them are hypothetical questions using the second conditional. Put them into pairs and ask them to choose 4 questions which they would like to discuss. Once they have chosen their 4 questions get them to answer the qustions using the second conditional. After get feedback from the whole class.
Write the following question on the board:
What would you do if you had 5 minutes to live?
Get your students to change partners and ask them to talk about what they would do. Next get feedback from the whole class. Tell them what you would do if you had 5 minutes to live.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which a man has 5 minutes to live.As they watch the film they should say what he does. At this stage don’t tell them that the film is not in chronological order. Show the film.
Get feedback from your students; they may well be a little surprised and confused as the film starts at the end of the 5 minutes. Ask them what they can remember. Put them in small groups and tell them they are going to watch the film again and this time they should prepare to tell the film in chronological order using narrative tenses. Show the film again and then give them 10 minutes to write their narratives.
Get a student from each group to read out their narrative.
Tell students that tehy are now going to watch the film in chronological order, as they watch they should check their narratives.
Ask your students what they think of the film and how it makes them feel. Do they think the film has a message?
Ask your students what words they saw in the film. Elicit the words and write them on the board:
cowardice, reputation, greed, indifference, laziness
Ask what type of word they are. If they don’ know explain that they are all abstract nouns. Ask them how the words relate to the story.
Show the screenshot below from the film or pause at 04:36. Ask them to discuss the quote from Steve Jobs. Ask them what they know about Steve Jobs. Do they agree with the quote?
Ask students the following question:
What are the main regrets of dying people?
Give them time to think, put them in small groups and then ask them to discuss the question. After 5 minutes get feedback from the whole class.
Tell your students they are going to read a short article entitled:
The 5 regrets of Dying People
Ask them to read the text and compare their answers in step 10 with the 5 regrets in the article.
Ask your students to write a short paragraph titled:
What I would do if I had 5 minutes to live.
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