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Posted on June 14, 2013 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film called Maybe by Jgrey and the themes of daydreaming and love. Students describe a photo, speculate, write sentences using “maybe”, and watch a short film.

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Describing a photo, speculating, writing sentences using “maybe”, and watching a short film

Topic: Daydreaming and love

Language: Maybe + present simple

Materials: Short film

Downloadable material: maybe lesson instructions

 

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Step 1

Show students the photo below and ask them to answer the following questions in pairs:

Where are they?

What are they doing?

What are they thinking about?

maybe_large After 5 minutes get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 2

Now tell your students you know what the young man is thinking. Write up the following sentence:

“She looks nice, she looks like she’d be an interesting person, that I’d find her interesting.”

Explain that these are his first thoughts, then he starts to think more and that ever thought begins with the word “maybe”. Put them into small groups and ask them to write 12 sentences starting with “maybe” which reflect the young man’s thoughts about the young woman. Give them 10 minutes to complete their sentences and then ask one student from each group to read out their sentences and then discuss the sentences.

 

Step 3
Tell students they are going to watch a short film in which we see the young man and woman, and hear the young man’s thoughts about the girl. As they watch the film they should compare their sentences with those of the young man.

 

 

Step 4

After watching the film in the same groups students should discuss the young man’s thoughts.

 

Step 5

Show the film again and ask students to try to understand more. Next get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 6

Ask students the following questions:
What do you think is going to happen next?
Is he going to talk to her?

 

Step 7

Ask students how the film makes them feel?

 

Step 8
Ask students what they think the young woman is thinking.

 

Step 9
Ask students the following questions
What do you tend to day dream about?

 

I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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27 thoughts on “Maybe

  1. Excellent short video… makes you think….. you should always take your chances because …… maybe…. you only get one chance…

  2. Thank you for all your ideas. I am going to use this lesson during the next school year, because I think that it is a topic that offers many possibilities: you can think, immagine, talk and, why not, daydream!

    :)

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  4. Wow! This post is so good! The video is very inspiring. Truly, chances and opportunities are often to happen but if you take it right now, good things will come to you. Thanks for this post!

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  6. HI Kieran
    Thx for the prompt reply + for the good idea (transcript). I do apologise for some delay in reply. Just forgot to tick the box “notify me”.
    M.

  7. Great lesson! I adapted it a bit to include some grammar: modal verbs expressing probability. Students had to rewrite their sentences using may/might/could/can’t/must, then write sentences from the girl’s point of view, using modals again. Yes, the accent is a bit difficult to understand for students, but hey, it’s natural! Not all native speakers speak like a BBC presenter, or an actor with RP in a textbook audio. The film itself is self-explanatory, they usually understand the story…

  8. This is another excellent lesson. But this time I couldn’t download the video to be used off-line.
    Is there a way to get it from youtube?

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