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A Visual Manifesto

Posted on December 6, 2014 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film produced by Anna Whitcher and myself, and the themes of images and visual literacy. Students choose an image they like, describe it to another students, watch a short film with the sound off, write a voiceover for the film, and talk about images and visual literacy. You can find out more about A Visual Manifesto for Language Teaching at this website.

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Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2)- Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Describing an images, watching a short film and writing a voice over, and speaking about images

Topic: Images and visual literacy

Language: Vocabulary related to images

Materials: Short film, narrative and discussion questions

Downloadable materials: visual manifesto lesson instructions      visual manifesto narrative     visual manifesto discussion questions

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Step 1

In the previous class for homework ask your students to choose an image (it can be of any type: a photo, a photo on a mobile, a painting, an illustration, a cartoon etc.) which is important to them, and to bring it to the following class.

 

Step 2

Pair your students, and ask them to describe their photos and explain why they are important to them to their partner.

 

Step 3

Get feedback from the whole class on their images and why they are important to them.

 

Step 4

Write the different type of images the students have brought to class on the board. Some types which may come are:

Photographs, Instagram photos, selfies, paintings, illustrations, cartoons etc. Go through the words.

 

Step 5

Tell the learners they are going to watch, but not hear, a short film about images. As they watch their task is to consider what the film is about, how it makes them feel and what different types of images they see.

Show the film starting at 00:05 and finishing at 02:05 with no sound.

 

A Visual Manifesto from Whitcher and Donaghy on Vimeo.

 

Step 6

Get feedback from the students on what they think the film is about, how it makes them feel and the different types of images they see.

 

Step 7

Show your students this word cloud.

 

visual maifesto wordle

 

Elicit or explain the meaning of the words which appear in the cloud.

 

Step 8

Tell your students that there is a voiceover for the film, and that you want them to write a narrative to go with the images they see using the vocabulary which appears in the word cloud. In small groups the students write their narratives. Show the film as many times as necessary.

 

Step 9

Give them ten minutes to write their narratives, walk around the class and help with any vocabulary your students may need.

 

Step 10

When they have finished their voiceovers ask your students to practise reading them aloud.

 

Step 11

Ask a strong group to come to the front of the class. Tell them you are going to show the film again with no sound. Their task is to read out their voiceover as they watch the film.

 

Step 12

Ask the other groups to follow the same procedure.

 

Step 13

Give the groups feedback on their voiceovers and their pronunciation.

 

Step 14

Tell your students they are now going to watch the film with sound. As they watch and listen their task is to compare their voiceovers with the films.

 

Step 15

Ask your students what they think the film’s message is.

 

Step 16

Now give your students the narrative for the film. Ask them to read it and help with vocabulary as necessary.

 

Step 17

Show the film again and ask your students to reflect on the film’s message.

 

Step 18

Pair your students, give them the discussion questions handout and ask them to discuss the questions.

 

Step 19

Hold a plenary session based on the questions.
I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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4 thoughts on “A Visual Manifesto

  1. Hi Kieran,
    This is such a beautiful film with a very important message for both teachers and students. I really love the way you’ve exploited the film in the lesson plan. I’m going to use it with my students this week.
    Thanks for your wonderful work.
    Sally

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