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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Pair the students and ask them to write down as many places and things that London is famous for.
Get feedback from the whole class and discuss what the students know about London.
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?
Ask the learners to write down five adjectives to describe London.
Ask the learners to compare and discuss the adjectives they chose.
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.
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.
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.
Get feedback from the whole class on how London has stayed the same and how it has changed.
Show the film again and pause at interesting moments and ask the learners to say what has stayed the same and what has changed.
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?
The students discuss the questions in their groups.
Hold a plenary session based on the questions.
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.