This EFL lesson plan is designed around Seconds of Beauty a short film competition sponsored by Montblanc and the theme of moments. Students watch a short film, describe moments, speak about beautiful moments and create their own one-second videos.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film, describing moments, speaking about beautiful moments and making a one second-time video
Topic: Time and moments
Language: Present continuous
Materials: Short film and video
Downloadable materials: the beauty of a second lesson instructions
Ask students what can happen in a second. Brainstorm ideas from the whole class.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which there are 60 clips each lasting one second. Ask them to watch the film and try to identify as many of the moments as they can using the present continuous tense; for example, somebody is playing a piano, a child is running etc.
Get feedback and then show the film a second time and ask students to identify more moments.
Now show the film again, but this time pause at each moment and elicit what is happening.
Ask students to choose 5 of the moments which they think are beautiful. Pair the students and ask them to explain to their partner what they find beautiful about the moments they have chosen.
Hold a plenary discussion:
What did you find beautiful in the moments?
What things do you find beautiful in your everyday life?
How did the film make you feel?
Show students this short film by director Wim Wenders.
Tell students that they should follow Wim Wenders instructions and for homework record a second of something beautiful, important or moving for them. They can use any digital format: a digital camera, a mobile phone, a tablet or a camcorder. They should bring their moment on a digital device to the following class . Put the students into small groups and ask them to show and then explain why they chose this moment to the other students.
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