This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful and inspiring short film by called Validation. Students practise using positive adjectives and paying compliments, and write a narrative.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: All ages
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching short film, speaking reading and writing
Topic: Paying compliments and being positive
Language: Positive adjectives and compliments
Materials: Short film and worksheet
Put your students into pairs and give them 3 minutes them to come up with as many positive adjectives to describe a person as they can. Get feedback from the whole class.
Ask your students if they know different ways of paying compliments. Ask for examples of compliments.
Pay compliments to different students in the following ways:
- to be + adjective.
For example, “Maria, you’re so thoughtful”
- Have got + adjective + noun.
For example, “Xavi, you’ve got a great sense of humour.”
3. Verbs eg. suit, match, flatter
For example, “Anna, that dress really suits you.”
Put students into small groups and give them the worksheet. Ask them to write down compliments about the other students in their group using the 3 different constructions. When they have finished writing the compliments they should read them out to the other members of the group.
Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film in which they will hear a lot of compliments. Give them another copy of the worksheet and ask them to put the compliments they hear into the correct category in the worksheet.
After watching the film the students should compare their answers.
Ask your students the following questions:
- Did you enjoy the film?
- How did the film make you feel?
- Does saying nice things to people make a difference?
- Does the film have a message?
Give students a link to the film and ask them to write a story describing what they saw and heard in the film using as many adjectives as possible to describe the story, people and situations.
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