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Rise Up

Posted on November 17, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film directed by Günther Gheeraert commissioned by Continents Insolites, and the theme of travel. Students plan a trip around the world, explain their world trip to a partner and watch a short film.

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Planning a world trip, making notes, speaking, watching a short film, and writing

Topic: Travel

Language: Vocabulary related to travel, countries landscape, building and culture

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: rise up lesson instructions

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Step 1

Dictate the following categories:

Countries

People

Cultures

Landscapes

Buildings

Animals

 

Step 2

Tell your students you would like them to imagine they are going to plan a journey around the world in 40 days. Their task is to plan and visualise their world trip in as much detail as possible using the categories to help them. Each student should work individually for about ten minutes making notes about countries they would visit, and how they visualise the people, cultures, landscapes, buildings and animals in those countries.

 

 Step 3

As your students plan their journeys walk around the class and help them with any vocabulary they need.

 

Step 4

When your students are ready, pair them and ask them to explain their world trip to their partner as vividly as they can.

 

Step 5

Hold a plenary session and get your students to talk about their world trips in as much detail as possible.

 

Step 6

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which they will see images the film director shot while he travelled around the world in 40 days. The first time they watch their task is to identify as many of the countries as they can.

Show the film.

 

Rise Up from Günther Gheeraert on Vimeo.

 

Step 7

Get feedback on which countries they could identify.

 

Step 8

Tell your students they are going to watch the film a second time. This time you are going to pause at each segment and ask them to identify the country or continent, and describe everything they can see (colours, people, actions, landscapes, buildings etc.). Encourage them to use modal verbs of possibility, probability and certainty. Give them some examples such as:

It must be in Africa as there’s an enormous elephant.

It might be Tibet as there are some Buddhist monks.

They may be in Morocco as there’s a man and a camel in a desert.

Show the film a second time and pause at each scene.

 

Step 9

Ask your students the following questions:

  • How does the film make you feel?
  • Which images did you like the most?
  • Would you like to make this type of trip?

 

Homework

Ask your students to write a composition in which they describe their world trip as vividly as possible.
I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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7 thoughts on “Rise Up

  1. Hi,
    I’m really thankful for this amazing lesson.
    Just wanted to say it would make it even better if you could mention the countries that were shown in this video.
    I can’t recognize some of them.

    • Hi Katerina,
      Thanks for commenting and for your kind words. I’m really happy you enjoy the film. I don’t know all of the countries either, but I don’t see this as a problem as students can specualte about which countries they might be.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. The creator of the video mentioned in a comment on vimeo that the only five countries represented are India, Tanzania, Chile, Cuba, and the United States.

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  4. Excellent lesson. I tried it with my adults class once and they enjoyed it a lot! Will try it again for my new group. Great page.
    Thanks!

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