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Beauty Patch

Posted on January 19, 2015 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson is designed around a short film commissioned by Dove and the theme of beauty. Students practise using abstract nouns and describe their perfect partner, watch a short film which shows an interesting experiment, read and discuss comments on the short film.

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Speaking about a perfect partner using abstract nouns, watching a short film, and reading

Topic: Beauty

Language: Abstract nouns

Materials: Short film and YouTube comments worksheet

Downloadable materials: beauty patch lesson instructions     beauty patch youtube comments

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Step 1

Dictate the following adjectives:

brave            compassionate    confident

enthusiastic     generous         honest

hopeful          humorous         independent

intelligent      kind             loyal

optimistic       patient          strong

sympathetic      tolerant         trustworthy

 

Step 2

Elicit or explain the meaning of the words.

 

Step 3

Write abstract noun on the board. Ask the students if they know the abstract noun of honest. Elicit or explain that it is honesty. Put them in pairs and ask them to come up with the abstract nouns for the other adjectives.

 

Step 4

Check your students’ answers.

brave – bravery

compassionate – compassion

confident – confidence

enthusiastic – enthusiasm

generous – generosity

honest – honesty

hopeful – hope

humorous – humour

independent – independence

intelligent – intelligence

kind – kindness

loyal – loyalty

optimistic – optimism

patient – patience

strong – strength

sympathetic – sympathy

tolerant – tolerance

trustworthy – trust

 

Step 5

Ask your students to think about the type of qualities they would like a romantic partner to have. Ask them to the ten abstract nouns which they would like their perfect partner to have and then to put them into order of importance.

 

Step 6

Put your students into small groups and ask them to compare their lists, and talk about the qualities they look for in a partner.

 

Step 7

Hold a plenary session based on the following question:

What qualities would your perfect partner have?

 

Step 8

Write beautiful on the board. Elicit or explain that its abstract noun is beauty.

 

Step 9

Ask your students to define beauty. Try to get them to agree on a definition.

 

Step 10

Put the students into pairs and ask them to discuss the following question:

What makes a person beautiful?

 

Step 11

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film connected to beauty. As they watch their task is to say what the film is about. Show the film and pause at 02:46.

 

Dove Beauty Patch from Delia du Plessis on Vimeo.

 

Step 12

Elicit that the film is about an experiment in which various women wear a patch which is designed to make them feel more beautiful and during the experiment the women video how they are feeling. Ask your students what they think of the experiment.

 

Step 13

Tell the students they are going to watch the first part of the film again, as they watch they should listen for how the women describe how they feel. Show the film again, pause at 02:46.

 

Step 14

Elicit some of the words and expressions the women use. For example, more sociable, comfortable, a life-altering experience.

 

Step 15

Ask the students the following questions:

What do you think is in the patch?

Would you buy the patch?

 

Step 16

Tell the students they are going to watch the rest of the film. As they watch their task is to say what the patch contains. Show the film until 03:52.

 

Step 17

Get your students’ reaction. Ask them if they expected the ending.

 

Step 18

Ask the students to discuss the caption which reads:

“Beauty is a state of mind.”

 

Step 19

Tell the students that the film was commissioned by Dove. Ask them what they know about Dove, their products and publicity campaigns.

 

Step 20

Ask your students if they ever read comments on YouTube. Ask them what types of comments people may have written about the film they’ve just watched. Give them the worksheet with the comments on the film. Tell them their task is to read the comments and then say which comments are most positive, negative or balanced. Help with any vocabulary as necessary.

 

Step 21

Put the students into small groups and ask them to discuss each comment.

 

Homework

Ask your students to imagine that they are one of the women featured in the film. They should write a composition describing their emotions throughout the experiment and how they felt when they found out the patch contained nothing.

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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13 thoughts on “Beauty Patch

  1. Thank you Kieran for another great lesson, which truly reveals to us the power of thought, which goes both ways of course.

    Yes, beauty is certainly a state of mind, but even more for me, it is a state of heart.

    Thank you – what you do is also beautiful.

  2. Beauty Patch is so amazing…I wish all women could see it.
    All self-perception! Is there a way for me to share this with all my friends?

    • Hi Myrtis,
      I’m glad you like the film. Of course you can share it with your friends; just click one of the Facebook or Twitter share buttons above and below the video.
      Cheers,
      Kieran

  3. Dear Kieran!
    Thanks for your videos. They’re really useful for me. They help me to build the English lessons I teach. Such a pity I haven’t known your site before.

  4. Dear Kieran,

    You have raised a very interesting topic for discussion!
    Lots of students suffer from low self-esteem, and, hopefully, after watching and discussing this video, they feel better.

    • Hi Sergei,

      Thanks a lot for commenting. You make an important point: a lot of people do feel bad about the way they look, and perhaps the film will help them see that beauty is a question of the heart and mind.

      All the best,

      Kieran

  5. Thanks for another great inspiring lesson plan.

    I used the adjectives and abstract nouns as part of a spoken test where I would highlight 6 adjectives, 6 abstract nouns, and tell the learners that they would need to give examples one of each the following week without reference to their books.

    The grammatical structures I used were:

    Subject + verb ‘to be’ + AOF + ADJ + because/that (for optimistic/hopeful/confident only)/ when ……..

    Subject + AOF + have/has (past, present or future) + abstract noun + because/when ………

    The ONLY issue I found was that the abstract noun for trustworthy is not trust, but is trustworthiness. (Actually, it was my students who pointed that out to me).

    Thanks Keiran for all your goodwork

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