This 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.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Writing a story, watching a short film and speaking
Language: Vocabulary to describe appearance, character and feelings, and narrative tenses
Materials: Short film and discussion questions
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?
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?
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.
Now tell students they are going to watch the film and should compare their stories with the story they see in the film.
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?
Keep students in the same small groups and ask them to discuss the following question:
What do you think happens after the film finishes?
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.
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 the film and the lesson.