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Paris and New York

Posted on November 3, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Franck Matellini which shows images of Paris and New York. In the lessons learn vocabulary related to cities, describe features of both cities and then compare them, and then watch the short film.

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Describing a city, comparing two cities, watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Cities, Paris and New York

Language: Vocabulary related to cities and comparatives

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: paris and new york lesson instructions

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Step 1

Ask your students what adjectives spring to mind when they think of Paris. Write the most common adjectives on the board.

 

Step 2

Ask your students what adjectives spring to mind when they think of New York. Write the most common adjectives on the board.

 

Step 3

Dictate the following words:

bridge       graffiti

traffic      traffic lights

inhabitants  neon signs

bikes        cars

buses        underground

statues      monuments

buildings    skyline

food         drink

 

Step 4

Divide the class into two groups. Tell one group that they should think about Paris and consider what the items in Step 3 might look like in Paris. Tell the other group they should do the same, but thinking about New York.

 

Step 5

Each student now has to work with a member of the other group, and explain how they imagine the items in their city. They should try to compare and contrast the two cities.

 

Step 6

Get feedback from the whole class, and write up some sentences in which students compare Paris and New York. If necessary revise comparative forms.

 

Step 7

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which they will see images of both Paris and New York. As they watch their task is to notice any similarities and differences between the two cities. Show the film.

 

Paris / New York from MATEL on Vimeo.

 

Step 8

Get feedback and ask them to talk about any similarities and differences between Paris and New York.

 

Step 9

Pair your students. Ask them to imagine they are filmmakers who want to create a film which compares their city or town with either Paris or New York. They should discuss what images they would use to represent their city or town using the items in Step 3.

 

Step 10

Hold a plenary session on what images the students would use to represent their city or town.

 

Homework

Ask your students to write a composition in which they compare their city or town with Paris or New York using the vocabulary in Step 3.
I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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14 thoughts on “Paris and New York

  1. Love it as always, Kieran.

    Can I suggest a very minor improvement? Stop the video at 1’56” and don’t spoil the magic by telling anyone it’s an ad, which kind of ruins it 😉 !

    I guess you could also do that, but then ask learners if knowing it’s an ad does spoil it for them…

    • Hi Tom,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m really happy your enjoyed the lesson. I deliberately decided to let the film run to the end, but stopping it before the credits does have its advantages.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. It’s too bad that Vimeo is banned by the government in my country because of unreasonable excuses. I won’t able to open this website until the new minister of IT has a new regulation about it, hopefully since he just been inaugurated for a week. Would you give any suggestions how get this video in other way? I really like the ideas and would love to share it with my studs. Thanks

    • There are ways to bypass that known as VPN’s, such as the free program Hola Unblocker. It changes your IP address allowing you to access websites as if you were in the US, Canada, or anywhere.

  3. What an inspiring lesson! It seems such a coincidence – I’m working on a pre-intermediate lesson on comparatives with teens and was looking for something unusual for my lesson tomorrow. Thanks a ton!

  4. I found the structure very clean, simple and easy to read. Thank you. It is easy to follow and the video is a great idea, because they can discuss the differences having a better idea of the city, not putting students whom have never been to the cities at ill ease.

    Thank you

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