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