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Posted on October 6, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film by Matthew Frost starring Kirsten Dunst, and the theme of celebrity selfies. Students discuss meeting famous people, roleplay meeting their hero or heroine, watch a short film and discuss selfies and celebrity selfies.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Speaking, performing a roleplay, watching a short film,

Topic: Selfies, meeting famous people and modern society

Language: Questions

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: selfie lesson instructions

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Step 1

Ask your students the following question:

Have you ever met a famous person?

Ask some of the students to tell the rest of the class how they met the famous and what they said to them.

 

Step 2

Pair the learners and ask them to answer the following questions:

If you could any famous person, who would you most like to meet?

What would you say to the famous person?

What questions would you ask?

 

Step 3

Get feedback from the whole class on who they’d like to meet and what they would say to them.

 

 

Step 4

Ask the students to roleplay the following situation:

Student A is a fan of a famous person he/she meets at a party. You want to speak to your hero/heroine. You ask the questions you prepared in Step 2.

Student B is a famous person who meets a fan at a party. Your fan has a lot of questions they want to ask you. You answer their questions in as much detail as possible (you’ll have to use your imagination!).

The students roleplay the situation. When they have finished they change roles.

 

Step 5

Get feedback from the students on their dialogues. Ask for volunteers to perform their roleplays at the front of the class.

 

Step 6

Write “selfie” on the board. Elicit or explain that it is a photo a person takes of themselves with a mobile phone.

 

Step 7

Ask the students if they ever take selfies of themselves. If they do ask them to show examples of selfies they’ve taken.

 

Step 8

Ask your students the following questions:

Why do people take selfies?

 

Step 9

Ask the learners if they have ever taken a selfie with a celebrity. If so, ask them to give more details about what happened.

 

Step 10

Do a search for “selfie with a celebrity” on Google and show some of the photos to the students.

Step 11

Show the image of Kirsten Dunst. Ask the students if they know who she is. Try to elicit that she is an actress who has appeared in films such as The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette and Melancholia. Ask them what they would do if they met her in the street.

 

Step 12

Tell your students that they are going to see a short film which shows Kirsten Dunst being recognized in the street by two young women. Ask them to predict what they think happens in the film.

 

Step 13

Show the film and ask the students if their predictions were correct.

 

ASPIRATIONAL from Matthew Frost on Vimeo.

 

Step 14

Write the following questions on the board:

  • How does Kirsten Dunst feel?
  • Why do the two girls take their own selfies?
  • Why do the two young women ask Kirsten to tag them?
  • Who are random followers?

 

Tell the learners they are going to watch the film again. As they watch they should try to answer the four questions.

 

Step 15

Put the students into small groups to discuss the following question:

  • What is the message of the film?
  • Do you think the film is realistic?
  • Why do you think the film is titled Aspirational?

Hold a plenary session based on the questions.

 

Homework

Pair the students. Student A has to find out information about Kirsten’s childhood, family, career, romantic relationships and interests. Student B is a great fan of Kirsten and has to create 10 questions she’d like to ask Kirsten when she meets her. In the following class the pairs roleplay the situation.

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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17 thoughts on “Selfie

  1. Thank you Kieran. Good class, as always! I would have asked her so many questions!!!! Specially after seeing “Melancholia” which I found excellent although very tough. Have a nice day!

      • Hi Andrea,
        Thanks a lot for commenting and for the kind words. I’m sorry, but I haven’t got time to transcribe the films, creating the lesson plans is very time-consuming, and I don’t charge anything.
        All the best,
        Kieran

    • Hi Sabina,
      Thanks a lot for commenting and for the kind words. I’m sorry, but, as I said to Andrea in a previous post, I haven’t got time to transcribe the films, creating the lesson plans is very time-consuming, and I don’t charge anything.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. Assuming a certain level, Sabina, could you learners produce the transcript (not 100% sure I’d get it all myself!)?

    Perhaps you could divide it up into 30 second sections…

    Love the lesson, as always, Kieran!

  3. I really loved this lesson. My students enjoyed talking about celebreties and their own selfie habits. The film also created a lively debate in the classroom.

    • Hi Nancy,
      I think it depends on your teaching context. Where I teach in Spain it’s perectly OK to present this type of language as there isn’t anything which is too strong.
      Cheers,
      Kieran

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