This EFL lesson plan is designed around a video by Art&Graft commissioned by the Barbican arts centre, London and the theme of music. Students practise the adjectives to describe emotions, watch a short video, talk about music and discuss quotations about music.
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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Revision of vocabulary, watching a short video, and speaking Topic: Music
Language: Adjectives to describe emotions and genres of music
Materials: Short video
Downloadable materials: music lesson instructions
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Ask your students to come up with as many adjectives to describe emotions as they can in two minutes.
Elicit the adjectives and write them on the board.
Tell your students they are going to watch a video in which they will see some emotions expressed. As they watch they should note down the emotions they think are being expressed.
Show the video without sound and pause at 01:15.
Pair students and ask them to compare the adjectives they noted down.
Ask the learners for the emotions they think the people were feeling and write them on the board.
Ask the learners what was happening when the people were feeling these emotions.
Now show the video with sound and ask the learners to answer the question:
Why are they feeling these emotions?
Students will almost certainly answer that the people are listening to classical music. Explain to them that the video is an advertisement for the classical music season at the Barbican arts centre in London.
Brainstorm different types of music and write them on the board.
Dictate or write up the following questions:
- What kind of music do you like listening to?
- Where do you listen to music?
- What emotions do you feel when you listen to your favourite music?
- Is there any type of music you listen to when you feel blue/happy/anxious?
Get students to compare their questions and then elicit the correct ones.
Ask the learners to discuss the questions in pairs.
Hold a plenary session based on the questions.
Divide the class into groups of three or four. Show the students these quotations from musicians about music and ask them to discuss them and choose their favourite quotation.
I hope you enjoy the lesson.