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Barcelona

Posted on July 21, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a time-lapse short film about Barcelona by Rob Whitworth and the theme of sightseeing. Students plan a sightseeing weekend, plan a time-lapse film about their city, and watch a short film.

Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Speaking, writing and watching a short film

Topic: Cities and sightseeing

Language: Vocabulary of sightseeing

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: barcelona lesson instructions

 

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Step 1

Tell the students about your favourite city and why you like it so much.

 

Step 2

Pair the students. Ask them to tell each other about their favourite city and what they like about them.

 

Step 3

Write sightseeing on the board. Elicit or explain that it is the activity of visiting places of interest in a particular place.

 

Step 4

Ask the students what types of places they like to visit and things they like doing when they go on holiday to another city. Write up useful vocabulary.

 

Step 5

Ask the students to imagine they are going to visit Barcelona next weekend. In their pairs they should plan what they are going to do there. If necessary they can use their mobile phones to find out about places of interest, and tourist and cultural activities in Barcelona.

If you teach in Barcelona ask your students to imagine that two friends from abroad are coming to visit them next weekend. Their task is to plan what they are going to show their friends Barcelona over the weekend.

 

Step 6

Put pairs together and ask them to explain what they’re going to do in Barcelona.

 

Step 7

Tell the students they’re going to watch a time-lapse video in which they will see an entire day in Barcelona in just two minutes. As they watch they should look out for any of the places and activities they mentioned earlier.

 

Step 8

Get feedback from the students. Ask the following questions:

  • Did you like the film?
  • Would you like to visit Barcelona?

 

Step 9

Tell the learners to imagine they are going to make a time-lapse video of their home town which will show 24 hours of life in just two minutes. In small groups they should decide what monuments, places and activities they are going to film.

If you teach in Barcelona get each group to decide on a city they known and imagine they are going to make a time-lapse video of the town which will show 24 hours of life in just two minutes.

 

Step 10

Get feedback from the groups on what they would show in their films.

 

Homework

Get the learners to film a monument or place in their town which is important to them. In the next class the students show their films and explain why the monument or place is important to them.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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11 thoughts on “Barcelona

  1. I’m new to teaching EFL, and my students are going to Barcelona next week – this lesson could not be more perfect! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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