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Colors

Posted on July 13, 2015 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by The Mercadantes which explores how beauty can be found in the most seemingly mundane objects, and the theme of colours. Students revise colours, come up with objects of a certain colour, watch a short film, and take their own photos for homework.

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Revising colours, coming up with objects of a certain colour, watching a short film, and taking their own photos.

Topic: Colours

Language: Vocabulary related to colours

Materials: Short film

Downloadable material: colors lesson instructions

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Step 1

Put your students into groups and ask them to come up with as many colours as they can in one minute.

 

Step 2

Get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 3

Now put your students into eight small groups. Assign each group with one of the following colours: red, blue, green, yellow, orange, violet/purple, pink and multi-colour.

 

Step 4

Ask each groups to come up with as many objects which are their colour, for example, a red tomato, a blue sky, green grass, a yellow pepper, orange juice, a violet (flower), a pink flamingo and a rainbow (multi-colour). Give them a time limit of three minutes.

 

Step 5

Get feedback from the whole class and write up typical collocations such as a yellow taxi.

 

Step 6

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which they will see objects of the colour they have just looked at. As they watch their task is to try to notice if any of the objects they came up with are shown in the film. Show the film.

 

Colors from The Mercadantes on Vimeo.

 

Step 7

Get feedback from your students.

 

Step 8

Tell your students you are going to show the film again. This time you are going to pause at each object and elicit the name of the object. Show the film.

 

Step 9

Write the colours on the board. Put your students into pairs and ask them to try to remember as many of the objects for each colour.

 

Step 10

Get feedback from the whole class on the objects they remember.

 

Step 11

Tell your students they are going to watch the film again. As they watch they should shout out the name of each object as it appears. Show the film again.

 

Homework

Ask your students to use the cameras on their mobile phones to capture objects of one of the colours they looked at in class which they think are beautiful. In the following class ask them to show the photos of their objects to another student. You might like to create a colour collection film of your students’ photo similar to the film they saw in class.

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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10 thoughts on “Colors

  1. Lovely – what a delightful lesson, and the homework realises some creative and fun potential for students as well. This film is ideal for a wide range of levels and the charming video really warrants repeat viewings. Always a big fan of your work Kieran, and my university students in Taiwan really get a kick out of your lessons – class favs! Happy to contribute to your superb website. Cheers.

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  3. I’m new to your website. I want to say thanks for sharing these lessons. I used Colors twice today and it went over well. The students and I really enjoyed it. As a small thank you, I’ve just bought and downloaded your book, How to Write Film and Video Activities, from Amazon. I’m excited to dive into it!

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