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World Builder

Posted on March 15, 2013 by kierandonaghy

worldbuilder largeThis EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film by Bruce Branit called World Builder. Students speak and write about a perfect world, and watch a short film.

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing about a perfect world

Topic: Your perfect world and imagination

Language: Vocabulary related to describing cities and second conditional

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: world builder lesson instructions

Step 1

Write “build” on the board and ask your students the following questions:


What can you build?


Give some examples such as: a house and a flat. Put them in pairs and ask them to come up with as many things as they can in 3 minutes.  Get feedback from the whole class.


Step 2

Write up “build a world”. Ask your students to imagine that they could build their own perfect world. Give them time to think about what their world would be like. Tell them they should include buildings, streets, plants, light and colours. Ask them to work on their own and give them 10 minutes to write down what their worlds would be like. They should start with:

My perfect world would …

Help them with any vocabulary they need.


Step 3

Put students into pairs and ask them put to explain their world to their partner. Each student should close their eyes as they listen to their partner’s description and try to visualise their world. Get feedback from the whole class.


Step 4

Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film in which a young man builds a world. Ask them to watch the film and compare the young man’s world with the worlds they built. Show the film and pause at 07:12. Ask students the following questions:

Was the young man’s world similar to yours?

Did the young woman like the world?

How did the young woman feel?

Why does she look sad at the end?

World Builder from BranitVFX on Vimeo.

Step 5

Put your students into pairs and ask them to discuss what they think is going to happen next. Get feedback from the whole class.


Step 6

Show the rest of the film and ask students the following questions:

Were your predictions correct?

What’s happened to the young woman?



Students should write a composition which starts:

If I could build my own perfect world, it would …


I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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18 thoughts on “World Builder

  1. I have just discovered you! Just what I was looking for to make my lessons really interesting. I am looking forward to using your site with my students at all levels.

  2. This is one of the nicest resources I´ve seen for sucha long time. Beautifully designed and clear ideas.
    Thank You!!!

  3. Hi. I have just found this website and it is amazing – thank you for all your hard work!
    One quick question though – the downloadable instructions for the world builder lesson are slightly different from the instructions on the blog, as they mention giving the students the narrative from the film, which has 8 mistakes in it. But there is no link to this resource? I can presumably make it myself… but if you have already made it I would be extremely grateful if I could have a copy!
    Many thanks!

  4. I love your site. Today I used World Builder with 2 preteen students and it was great. Please keep adding great material for this age group. Thank you, Brenda at the English Center in the Netherlands.

  5. Thank you very much for the chance you gave me to become a part of your “world” – it is UNIQUE.The film is unique, a little bit sad, but…gtreat :)

    • Hi Ilonka,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you like the film; if you use it with your students, please let me know how it goes.
      All the best,

  6. Just used this lesson (and a few others) as part of a training course for English teachers in Perm, Russia. They loved it and two of them very successfully used ‘paper is not dead’ in their micro-teach yesterday. You have created one of the most user-friendly sites for teachers that I’ve ever come across and I will certainly share it on the other courses I’m running this year.

  7. Hi Kieran,
    Just a few words to than you for your work on this site. I´ve found it to be most helpful. I give in-company English classes in Madrid and my (adult) students have enjoyed the short films very much.
    Keep up the good work!


  8. Hi Kieran,
    Your lessons are lovely, it’s a blessing to find people like you these days, somebody who can inspire other teachers and their learners. Thank you soooooo much :-)!

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