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Posted on January 20, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film by Simon Smith who recaptured the shots of London taken by Claude Friese-Greene in 1927. Students talk about what they know about London, compare London in 1927 and now, do a dictation and discuss their home towns.

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: watching a short film and making notes, dictation and speaking

Topic: London and cities

Language: Vocabulary to describe towns and comparative forms

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: london lesson instructions

 

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Step 1

Pair the students and ask them to write down as many places and things that London is famous for.

 

Step 2

Get feedback from the whole class and discuss what the students know about London.

 

Step 3

Ask the following questions:

  • If you’ve been to London, what did you like about it?
  • If you haven’t been to London, what would you like to do there?

 

Step 4

Ask the learners to write down five adjectives to describe London.

 

Step 5

Ask the learners to compare and discuss the adjectives they chose.

 

Step 6

Ask the learners how they think London has changed from 1927 to the present day. Encourage them to use comparative forms and revise them if necessary.

 

Step 7

Tell the students they are going to watch a short film in which they see footage from London in 1927 and 2013. As they watch they should notice how London has stayed the same or has changed.

Show the film.

 

Step 8

Give the students time to make notes and then ask them to discuss with a partner ways in which London has stayed the same and ways in which it has changed.

 

Step 9

Get feedback from the whole class on how London has stayed the same and how it has changed.

 

 Step 10

Show the film again and pause at interesting moments and ask the learners to say what has stayed the same and what has changed.

 

Step 11

Divide the class into groups and three or four. Dictate the following questions:

  • How has your home town changed from 1927 to the present day?
  • What has changed for the better?
  • What has changed for the worse?
  • What would you change about your home town to make it a better place to live in?

 

Step 12

The students discuss the questions in their groups.

 

Step 13

Hold a plenary session based on the questions.

 

Homework

Ask the learners to try and find old video footage of their home town on YouTube. In the following class show the videos and talk about how the towns have stayed the same or changed.

 

I hope you enjoy the lesson.

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12 thoughts on “London

  1. Pingback: London | Everything in English

  2. I think this lesson looks fantastic to go with an FCE reading lesson in FCE Expert about London. Comparatives have also just been studied in the book. Can also follow up with part 2 speaking and 2 cities scenes.

  3. Dear Kieran,
    Thank you, it’s a great lesson plan. It works great when teaching present and past habits and also with ‘be/get used to’. After doing the lesson plan, I asked my students to imagine they were Londoners in 1927 that had traveled in time and got stuck in year 2012. They had to explain the differences in their habits and how they had to get used to the new city.
    Best regards!

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