This EFL lesson is designed around a short film called Mixtape by Luke Snellin and the theme of music. Students speak about music, write a narrative and watch a short film.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Speaking, writing and watching a short film
Language: Types of music and vocabulary related to music
Materials: Short film
Downloadable materials: mixtape lesson instructions
Put your students into pairs and ask them to come up with as many different types of music as they can in 2 minutes.
Get feedback from the whole class and write the different genres of music on the board. For each genre ask students to come up with adjectives to describe this type of music.
Ask students to tell the partner about the following:
- a type of music you like listening to at home
- a type of music you like listening to when you go out in the evening
- a type of music you like listening to when you work or study
Show students the picture below and ask them to the following questions:
What’s the relationship between the boy and the girl?
How are they feeling right now?
Tell them that the picture comes from a short film in which music plays an important part. Put the students into groups of 3 or 4 and ask them to create a narrative for the film which shows the relationship between the boy and the girl and the role music plays in their relationship.
Get a student from each group to read out their story.
Now tell students they are going to watch the short film. They should compare their stories with the story they see in the film.
Ask students the following questions:
How did the film make you feel?
What do you think is going to happen next?
Write Mixtape on the board and tell students that this is the title of the film. Ask them what a mixtape is; they should be able to tell you that it is a compilation of favourite songs. Ask students if they have ever made a mixtape or created a mix CD.
Ask students to imagine that they want to create a mixtape for another person. They have to write a composition about their mixtape. They should use at least 10 songs and for each song they should explain why they chose this song and why the song is important to them.
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