This lesson is designed around a short film commissioned by John Lewis as their Christmas TV commercial. Students practice vocabulary related to journeys and Christmas, prepositions, song lyrics, speaking and writing.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching short film, completing the lyrics of a song, speaking and writing
Topic: Journeys and Christmas
Language: Narrative tenses, prepositions and vocabulary related to Christmas
Materials: Short film and song lyrics
Write snowman on the board and ask students what comes to mind when they see the word. Put them in pairs and ask them to discuss the following questions:
Have you ever built a snowman?
Who did you build the snowman with?
What did you use to give the snowman arms, eyes, a nose and a mouth?
If you are teaching in a country where there isn’t any snow ask the following questions:
Have you seen a snowman in a film or cartoon?
Would you like to build a snowman?
What would you use to give the snowman arms, eyes, a nose and a mouth?
Show your students the image of the snowman and snowwoman.
Ask then the following question:
Are they similar to the snowman or snowwoman you built as a child?
Tell them that the image is taken from the start of a short film called The Journey.
Show them the start until 00:15.
Put students in pairs and ask them to write a story titled The Journey which explains what happens in the rest of the film. Give them 10 minutes to write their stories and help them with any vocabulary. Get one student from each group to read out their story and discuss each story.
Now show the rest of the film until 1:21. Ask the students the following questions:
What story does the film tell?
Did you like the story?
Did you like the film?
How does the film make you feel?
Does the film have a message?
What does the film say about Christmas?
Show the film until 1:23 and pause when you see the caption:
“Give a little more love this Christmas.”
Ask your students what the caption means.
Now show the rest of the film. Students will see that it is a commercial. Explain that John Lewis is a department store which is famous for its Christmas commercials. Ask them if they think the caption “Give a little more love this Christmas” has another meaning.
Give feedback on the stories and correct any mistakes with the use of prepositions. Write up the following phrases:
The snowman and snowwoman were standing next to each other.
The snowman went across a field.
The snowman climbed up a mountain.
The snowman went down a mountain.
The snowman went across a river.
The snowman walked along a road.
The snowman looked up at something.
Tell your students that they are going to watch the film again; this time they should listen to the song which accompanies the film and say if they think it is a suitable song for the film.
Give students the lyrics to the song which has all the preposition removed; tell them they should complete the lyrics with a partner.
Play the film again and students check their answers.
Ask students the following questions:
Why do you think this song was chosen for the film?
Does the song add anything to the film?
How does the song make you feel?
Tell students to write a narrative of the story told in the film, they should make their narrative as descriptive as possible and try to use some of the expression from the song lyrics.
I hope you enjoy the film and the lesson.