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I forgot my phone

Posted on September 8, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film by Miles Crawford titled I lost my phone and the theme of mobile phones. Students listen to a film and speculate about what is happening, watch the film to check their answers and talk about mobile phone use.

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

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speculating and speaking

Topic: Mobile phones

Language: Present continuous tense; modal verbs of speculation and vocabulary related to mobile phones.

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: I forgot my phone lesson instructions

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Step 1

Tell the learners they are going to hear, but not see a short film in which a young woman she in a variety of different situations. As they listen they should try to recognise any sounds they hear, try to work out what the girl is doing, what is happening in the film, and decide what story the film tells. Play the film with sound only.

 

I Forgot My Phone from Miles Crawford on Vimeo.

 

Step 2

Put the students into small groups and ask them to compare what sounds they can identify and what they think the young woman is doing, and what is happening in the film.

 

Step 3

Tell the students you are going to show the film again, but that this time you are going to pause and ask them what they can hear, what the young woman is doing, and what is happening.

Pause at the following points:

00:08; 00:13; 00:35; 00:49, 00:58; 01:05; 01:10; 01:18; 01:26; 01:40 and 01:55.

 

Step 4

Get feedback from the learners each time you pause and discuss what the young woman might be doing and what might be happening. Help them with any vocabulary they need.

 

Step 5

Now tell the learners they are going to watch the film. Their task is to say what the young woman is doing and what is happening at each of the points that you paused at. Show the film and pause at each point.

00:08 – She’s lying in bed with her boyfriend while he looks at his mobile.

00:13 – She’s jogging in the mountains, trying to enjoy the view while her boyfriend talks on his mobile.

00:35 – She’s in a restaurant with some friends trying to tell an anecdote while they look at their mobiles.

00:49 – She’s walking on the beach while a man’s proposing to his girlfriend and taking a selfie.

00:58 – She’s on a swing in the park next to a young girl who’s looking at her mobile.

01:05 – She’s drinking pink champagne with a friend who’s taking a selfie.

01:10 – She’s at a stand-up comedy show and the person next to her is looking at his mobile.

01:18 – She’s at the bowling-alley and all her friends are using their mobiles.

01:26 – She’s at a concert and the audience are all videoing the concert.

01:40 – She’s bringing out the cake at a birthday party while everybody is videoing.

01:55 – She’s in bed and turns out the light to go to sleep while her boyfriend is looking at his mobile.

 

Step 6

Tell the students they are going to watch the film a third time. As they watch they should think about how the young woman feels at each stage of the film.

 

Step 7

Ask the students how they think the young woman feels at each stage of the film.

 

Step 8

Ask the students what they think the message of the film is.

 

Step 9

Pair the students and ask them to discuss the following questions:

  • Have you ever used your mobile phone in any of the way you saw in the film when you were with another person?
  • How do you feel when other people use their mobile phones when they’re with you?
  • Which of the things do you find most annoying?

 

Step 10

Tell the students that all of the uses of the mobile phone in the film could be considered negative and anti-social. Pair them and ask them to think of many positive uses of mobile phones as they can in two minutes.

Get feedback from the whole class.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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8 thoughts on “I forgot my phone

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  3. A great lesson plan which worked well with my B1 Adult class and generated a lot of useful language. I have tried this with a teenage class of a similar level but found that getting them to guess the sounds and the regular pausing of the film gave the less attentive ones an excuse to distract others. Just a heads-up on that.

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