This EFL lesson plan is designed around a beautiful short film and poem by Gnarly Bay. Students do a dictation, visualise, watch a short film, speak about choices, and write a narrative for homework.
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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Dictation, visualising, watching a short film, speaking and writing
Language: Collocations with ‘choice’
Materials: Poem and short film
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Dictate the following words and phrases to your students:
the right the wrong a good to make a
to be faced with first wide
Pairs the students, and ask them to think of a noun which collates with all the nouns and phrases.
Elicit or explain the noun which collocates with all of the nouns and expression is choice.
Put the students into small groups and ask them to talk about the following:
A time when you had to make a difficult choice.
A time when you made a good choice.
A time when you made a bad choice.
Hold a plenary session based on the three sentences asking the students to talk about their own experience.
Tell your students that they are now going to listen to a poem. Their task is to write it down. Play the film from 00:07 with sound only once. Then play a second time pausing for ten seconds after each sentence.
Get your students to compare what they have written down with a partner.
Give the learners the poem and ask them to correct anything they have wrong in their version.
Help the learners with any vocabulary they don’t understand.
Ask your students what they think the poem is about and what its message is.
Tell your students that the poem is accompanied by a short film. Ask them what images they imagine they will see in the film.
Tell them that you are going to play the film, but again with sound only. As they listen they should imagine what images accompany the poem and what story it tell.
Pair your students and ask them to discuss what images they think are in the film and what story it tells.
Now show the film and ask your students to compare the images they see with what they imagined.
Get feedback from the whole class. Ask them what choice the director of the film is talking about tin the last line of the poem (he has chosen to ask his girlfriend to marry him and she has accepted).
Give your students a link to the film and ask them to watch it at home, and then write a narrative based on the images from the perspective of the filmmaker.
I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.