This lesson is designed around a video and a short film called Table 7 by Marko Slavnic, and the themes of arguments and forgiveness. Students watch a video and short film, write a dialogue, role-play an argument and speak about arguments and forgiveness.
Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching a video and short film, writing a dialogue, role-playing an argument and speaking
Topic: Arguments and forgiveness
Language: Vocabulary and expressions related to arguments
Materials: Video, short film and expressions used in arguments
Ask your students the following question:
What do couples usually argue about?
Put students in pairs and ask them to discuss the question.
Ask your students if they know any expressions which people might use to express strong disagreement in an argument. Write any useful expressions students come up with on the board and discuss them.
Give students the document with expressions used in arguments. Go through the expressions.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short video in which a couple are having an argument, but that they are not going to hear the argument. They have to imagine what the couple are arguing about and what they are saying. Show the video and pause at 1:30.
Ask students what they think the couple are arguing about.
Put your students into pairs and tell them that you would like them to write a dialogue for the argument between the man and the woman. Encourage them to use some of the expressions and interjections the have seen in Step 3. Show the video again and pause at each stage of the argument to give students time to discuss and then write their dialogue.
When students have finished their arguments ask a strong pair to come to the front of the class. Ask the student playing the role of the man to stand to the right of the screen and the student playing the role of the woman to the left of the screen. Tell the pair that they have to act out their dialogue as you play the video again. Ask more pairs to come to the front of the class to do the same. Vote on the best and funniest dialogues.
Now show the video with the sound on. Students will probably find it funny as there is no dialogue, only music (Beethoven’s 5th Symphony).
Tell your students they are going to watch the start of a short film in which a couple are having an argument, but they are not going to hear the dialogue and have to imagine what the couple are talking about. Show the film until 00:27 and then pause. Get feedback from the students.
Show the start of the film again, but this time with the sound on. Ask students if their predictions were correct.
Ask students what they think is going to happen next in the film. Show the film until 02:15. Ask students the following questions:
Were your predictions correct?
What is the man in the basement doing?
What do you think is going to happen next?
Show the rest of the film and ask them if their predictions were correct. Ask them the following questions:
Did you like the film?
How did it make you feel?
Does the film have a message?
Write the 2 proverbs in the fortune cookies on the board:
“A simple sorry between lovers can prevent life-long regrets.”
“To blame is Human, but to forgive is Divine.”
Ask students to discuss the proverbs.
Give students the quotes about forgiveness and ask them to discuss them in small groups.
I hope you enjoy the lesson.