This EFL lesson plan is designed around an inspiring short film by Casey Neistat and the themes of life, inspiration and travel. Students put words into order to create quotes, discuss quotes, watch a short film, speak and write.
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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Putting words in order to create quotes, discussing quotes, watching a short film, speaking and writing
Topic: Life, inspiration and travel
Language: Quotes and vocabulary related to travel
Materials: PowerPoint, quotes and short film
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Ask your students if they have any favourite quotes from famous people. Write up any examples on the board and get students to discuss the meaning.
Show students the quotes in the PowerPoint presentation. Look at the first slide and tell students that they have to order the works to make a quote from a famous person. Give them 1 minute to put the words in order and then move onto the next slide. When you have shown all 10 slides give them the handout with the quotes and go through them.
Put students into pairs and ask them to choose the 5 quotes which they find most interesting. Now give them 10 minutes to discuss the quotes.
Tell students that they are going to watch a short film in which the 10 quotes appear. As they watch the film they should consider the following questions:
What is the story of how the film came to be made?
Which countries did the men visit?
How do the quotes relate to the narrative of the film?
Show the film.
Put students into small groups and ask them to discuss the 3 questions. Then get feedback from the whole class.
Tell students they are going to watch the film again; as they watch it they should consider the following questions:
What’s the message of the film?
Why do you think Nike accepted the short film as the ad?
Show the film again and then get feedback from students.
Write Make It Count on the board and ask students if they can explain the expression. Ask students why Nike used this title for the ad and their advertising campaign.
Put students into pairs and ask them to discuss this question:
How can you make the most of your life / this year / this week / today / this class / this moment?
Put your students into groups of 3 or 4 and tell them you would like them to plan a trip around the world in 10 days. They have to decide which countries they want to visit and plan their itinerary. They also have to decide what they’re going to do in each country. Give them 10 minutes to plan their trip. Then each group has to present their trip to the rest of the class.
Tell your students you would like them to write a composition about their trip around the world in 10 days.
I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.