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A new perspective for moms

Posted on June 23, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Steven Furtick and the theme of mothers and children. Students speak about mothers and children, watch a short film and use adjectives and expressions to describe character.

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

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Mothers and children

Language: Adjectives and expressions to describe character. Conversational fillers such as I guess, like, just

Materials: Short film and transcript

Downloadable materials:  a new perspective for moms instructions lessons     a new perspective for moms transcript

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Step 1

Ask the learners to describe themselves as a person. Give them five minutes to write some brief notes and help them with any vocabulary they need.

 

Step 2

Pair the learners and ask them to describe themselves to each other.

 

Step 3

Get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 4

Put the learners into small groups and ask them to discuss the following question:

How do you think women see themselves as mothers?

Ask them to think of words women might use to describe themselves as mothers.

 

Step 5

Get feedback from the groups and write up any words used by more than one group on the board.

 

Step 6

In the same small groups and ask them to discuss the following question:

How do you think children see their mothers?

Ask them to think of words children might use to describe their mothers.

 

Step 7

Get feedback from the groups and write up any words used by more than one group on the board.

 

Step 8

Tell the learners they’re going to see a short film in which several women describe themselves as mothers. As they watch they listen for the words and expressions women use to describe themselves as mothers.

Show the film until 00:57.

A New Perspective For Moms from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

 

Step 9

Elicit or explain key words and expressions:

struggle  I wish  patient patience    temper

calm myself      more confident

 

Step 10

Show the film until 00:57 again and ask the learners to think about whether the mothers’ descriptions of themselves are positive or negative.

 

Step 11

Ask the learners why they think the mothers’ descriptions of themselves are so negative.

 

Step 12

Tell the learners they are now going to see the next part of the film in which children describe their mothers. Their task is to notice the words and expressions the children use to describe their mothers.

Show the film until 02:34.

 

Step 13

Explain or elicit key expressions:

awesome   pretty  funny    She loves me a lot

She is like my heart      My mom is my hero

always love me forever    She’s the best

 

Step 14

Show the rest of the film and ask the learners how the mothers react to their children’s descriptions.

 

Step 15

Explain or elicit key expressions:

That’s so awesome     inspiring    my calling  

my job    I will do it better 

they love me for what I’m doing

 

Step 16

Give the students the transcript and ask them to read it. Point out conversational fillers such as I guess, like and just, used by one participant to signal to others that he/she has paused to think but has not yet finished speaking.

A New Perspective for Moms Transcript


Step 17

Ask the learners why they think there is such a difference in the mothers’ and children’s descriptions.

 

Step 18

Pair the learners and ask them to describe their mothers to each other.

 

Step 19

Hold a plenary session on the students’ descriptions of their mothers.

 

Homework

Ask the students to write a composition titled My Mom.

I hope you enjoy the lesson.

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2 thoughts on “A new perspective for moms

  1. this video had most of my students moved to tears…a lovely video not just for mothers day but for any day.

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