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Posted on March 4, 2013 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film called Momentos by Nuno Rocha and the theme of homelessness. Students use vocabulary to describe appearance, character and feelings, write a story, watch a short film and speak about homelessness.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Writing a story, watching a short film and speaking

Topic: Homelessness

Language: Vocabulary to describe appearance, character and feelings, and narrative tenses

Materials: Short film and discussion questions

Downloadable materials: moments lesson instructions     moments photos      homelessness discussion questions

 

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Step 1

Show your students the photo below. Put them into pairs and ask them to discuss the following questions:

What does the woman look like?

What kind of person do you think she is?

What has she done in her life?

How is she feeling right now?

What’s she looking at?

 

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Step 2

Now show your students the other photo below and ask them to discuss the following questions:

What does the man look like?

What kind of person do you think he is?

What has he done in his life?

How is he feeling now?

What’s he looking at?

 

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Step 3

Tell your students that the two photos are taken from a short film. Put them into small groups of 3 or 4 and ask them to create a story in which the man and woman are characters. Give them 10 minutes to write their stories and help them with any vocabulary. When they have finished their stories ask one student from each group to read out their story. Discuss the different stories.

 

Step 4

Now tell students they are going to watch the film and should compare their stories with the story they see in the film.

 

MOMENTOS from Nuno Rocha on Vimeo.

 

Step 5

Ask students the following questions:

How does the man feel when he sees images of his daughter on the TV screen?

How does the wife feel when she sees her daughter?

How does the daughter feel when she sees her father?

How does the father feel when he sees his daughter and wife?

How does the film make you feel?

 

Step 6

Keep students in the same small groups and ask them to discuss the following question:

What do you think happens after the film finishes?

 

Step 7

Put students into pairs, give them the homelessness discussion questions, go through the questions and check they understand all the vocabulary and then ask them to discuss the questions for 10 minutes.

 

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Homework

Give students the link to the film and ask them to write a narrative based on the images they see in the film.

 

I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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28 thoughts on “Moments

  1. I am really grateful for all the lesson plans you create. I use them when I see fit and they always work out well. I will DEFINITELY try this when there is a relationship theme. However, I would like to thank you for this already as I had not noticed this beautiful short film before 🙂

    P.S. The only problem is that I know I will be crying again next time I watch it 🙂 the same way as with “What is that?” short video which worked beautifully with teenagers and turned into a very emotional lesson.

    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. I’m really happy that you like the lesson; I hope your students do too.
      All the best,
      Kieran

    • Hi Mara,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. I’m really happy that you find the lesson plans useful, that’s great to know.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. hello

    i am not an instructor but i am following your site to improve my English language and it is really useful for me

    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Mahmoud,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment. I’m really happy that the site is helping you improve your English; that’s great to know. Quite a few students have got in touch to let me know they find the site useful, so you’re not alone 🙂
      All the best,
      Kieran

  3. Hello Kieran,

    I’m 47, Irish and started TEFL in Germany a couple of years ago. My first shock was realising how little grammar I knew and then how much time I needed to plan each lesson. Consequently,I use a lot of EFL websites including MacMillan,BBC,OnestopEnglish etc
    I want to compliment you on your website and thank you for the excellent resource you provide.
    In the the past year I used three of your lessons Tick-Tock, Vertigo and my favourite, Love is Like and they worked beautifully.
    I’ve taught classes using conventional material and have discovered that students don’t seem to really care or engage with the subjects. Possibly and probably a lot to do with me. For the present,I’ve decided to stick with conversation courses and two years ago I established an English Language Film Club. It’s very popular. I’m starting back next week with a new term and we’ll be starting with “The Grapes of Wrath” I have a lot of material prepared from the great depression, including a slide show of photos from The Farm Security Administration overlaid with words and music by Woddy Guthrie.
    It’s always good to make an impression with a new group and I was delighted to find your lesson on Homelessness. I’m going to use parts of it to get students warmed up to the themes of poverty,loneliness,abandonment,dislocation etc touched on in The Grapes of Wrath.
    I don’t know about Barcelona but the rate of pay in Germany for English teachers is pretty meager. However I realise that some web sites are worth subscribing to. For example onestopenglish and for me TeachWithMovies. Both are excellent and reasonably priced,which is key. Have you considered setting up a subscription service?

    With best wishes

    Frank Mc Girr

    • Hi Frank,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words about the site. What you’re doing with your English film Club sounds fantastic; I’m sure the students really enjoy it. I’m not going to have a subscription service (at least, not for the moment), but I am now asking readers to donate if they use the material as the site costs a lot to sustain.
      All the best,
      Kieran

    • Hi Sree,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. I’m really happy that the site helps you learn English; a lot of other students have told me the site helps them too which is great. thanks for the link.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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  5. Hi Kieran I’m really proud you have selected a fim by a Portuguese director…actually it’s a moving, engaging short video on homelessness and the idea that underneath any person that we come across lying on the pavement (abandoned and lonely )there was once a life and a past…thanks so much for sharing this beatiful lesson with us. I’ve used today your lesson tips on Strangers and it was a sucess. your work is amazing and it has been more useful to me than any boring workshop about teaching strategies!

    • Hi Elsa,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words about the site, I really appreciate them. I’m so happy you find the site so useful.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  6. Thanks a lot for the inspiring film. It did work in my class. They were so enthusiastic that my planned classroom activities run smoothly.

  7. Hi, ı just foundyour websıte and ı am ın love :), ım teachıng to students that really don’t want to talk or do anythıng to learn, ım goıng to start to try wıth your lessons. hope ıt works, thank you so much for sharıng.

      • Thanks a million for your work. I have to congratulate you for this one.I use it along with my own material and it has always worked.
        Just for you to know, we have given him a name. João. We have created lots of stories arounf the video, 12,13 18 and even 35 year old students have cried with it and learnt loads.
        Keep up the great work.

        • Hi Mude,
          Thanks a lot for the kind words. I’m really happy that you and your students enjoyed the lessons so much. The way you’ve used the materials sounds great.
          All the best,
          Kieran

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