This EFL lesson is designed around Head Over Heels an Oscar-nominated puppet animation directed by Timothy Reckart. Students practise using idiomatic expressions, watch a short film and talk about love and relationships.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Exercise on body idioms, watching a short film and speaking
Topic: Love and relationships
Language: Idiomatic expressions related to parts of the body and relationships.
Materials: Short film, body idioms worksheet and relationship questions
Write the following sentence on the board:
“I always get butterflies in my stomach when I have to speak in public.”
Ask your students if they can understand the idiomatic expression “to have butterflies in one’s stomach.” If they can’t tell them it means to be very nervous. Ask them if they know any other idiomatic expressions which use parts of the body.
Give students the body idioms worksheet and ask them to complete the 5 sentences with a part of the body. Get them to compare their answers with a partner and then get feedback from the whole class.
Put your students into pairs and ask them to discuss the 5 questions using the body idioms in the second part of the worksheet.
Write “head over heels” on the board and ask students what they think the idiomatic expression means. If they don’t know write up a sentence such as:
“John’s madly in love with his new girlfriend; he’s head over heels”
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film called Head Over Heels. Ask them what type of film it is going to be and what things they think they are going to see in the film.
Show your students the film and pause at 01.57. Ask them the following questions:
Were your predictions correct?
What problems do the couple have?
What do you think is going to happen in the rest of the film?
Are they going to be able to sort out their problems? How?
Show the rest of the film. Ask students the following questions:
How did the film make you feel?
What adjectives would you use to describe the film?
How did the couple overcome their problems?
What’s the message of the film?
Give student the discussion questions about relationship and go through all the idiomatic expressions related to love and relationship. Put students into small groups and ask them to discuss the questions.
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