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The Man on the Moon

Posted on December 20, 2015 by kierandonaghy

man on the moon

This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by the British department store John Lewis, directed by Some Such and the theme of Christmas. Students watch a short film, predict a story and talk about ways of showing people they are loved.

 

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

Learner type: All ages

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Predicting a story, watching a short film, and speaking

Topic: Christmas

Language: Vocabulary related to Christmas

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: man on the moon lesson instructions

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Step 1

Write “The man on the moon” on the board and elicit or explain that it refers legends in many cultures in which an old man lives on the moon. Ask your students the following questions:

  • What does he look like?
  • How do you think this old man feels?
  • What does he do all day?

 

Step 2

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film titled The Man on the Moon in which they see this old man and a young girl.  As they watch the first part of the film they should compare their answers in the previous step with what they see in the film. Show the film until 00:55.

 

 

Step 3

Pair the students and get them to compare their answers. Elicit or explain the answers:

  • What does he look like? He’s tall and thin, he’s got white hair and wrinkled skin.
  • How do you think this old man feels? He seems to feel sad and lonely.
  • What does he do all day? He looks at the planet earth all day.

 

Step 4

Ask your students what they think the little girl is going to do. Show the next part of the film until 01:34

 

Step 5

Put your students into small groups and ask them to discuss what they think the little girl’s present to the old man is.

 

Step 6

Hold a plenary session to vote on the best present for the old man. Discuss the advantages of each gift.

 

Step 7

Tell your students they are going to watch the rest of the film and see the present and how the old man uses it. Show the film until 01:54.

 

Step 8

Put your students into small groups and ask them to discuss the following questions:

  • Do you think a telescope is a good present for the old man?
  • How does the film make you feel?
  • Does the film have a message?

 

Step 9

Now show the film until 01:56 when the caption “Show someone they’re loved this Christmas” appears.

Put them into pairs and ask them to come up with as many different ways they could show a member of their family, a friend or a stranger they’re loved this Christmas, but it cannot involve buying a present.

 

Step 10

Hold a plenary session on different ways of showing people they’re loved.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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10 thoughts on “The Man on the Moon

  1. Thank you very much for this amazing lesson around such a sweet, moving film.
    I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.

  2. Hi Kieran just to let you know that I bought your book, and got it two days ago. I am currently living and working in the US, and I am teaching English to adults who came to live here without speaking any English. You can only imagine how frustrating that is. There are hardly any programs that cater for them and the ones that are available are very basic, and grammar oriented. You can’t imagine how thoroughly both, students and myself are enjoying your amazing book.Thanks so much!!

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