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Touch

Posted on January 11, 2016 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film titled Touch by Joshua Neale, commissioned by Huawei. Students practise vocabulary related to senses, speak about senses, watch a short film, identify what is happening in each scene, and discuss the film.

 

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Language level: Elementary (A1) – Pre-intermediate (A2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Vocabulary practise, watching a short film, and speaking

Topic: Senses and touch

Language: Vocabulary related to senses and touch, present simple and present continuous tenses

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: touch lesson instructions

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Step 1

Write “the 5 senses” on the board. Elicit or explain the 5 senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.

 

Step 2

Ask your students which parts of the body you see/hear/taste/smell/touch with.

Try to elicit the following sentences:

  • You see with your eyes.
  • You hear with your ears.
  • You taste with your tongue.
  • You smell with your nose.
  • You touch with your hands or fingers.

 

Step 3

Pair your students and ask them to tell their partners what are their favourite things to see, hear, taste, smell and touch.

 

Step 4

Get feedback from the whole class on their favourite things.

 

Step 5

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film titled Touch in which they will see people touching different things, people, parts of bodies and animals. As they watch they should try to identify and remember as many of things as they can. Show the film and pause at 01:14.

 

Huawei – Touch from 750mph on Vimeo.

Step 6

Pair your students and ask them to recall as much of the film as they can.

 

Step 7

Get feedback from the whole class on what they can remember and write up different objects, people, animals and parts of the body.

 

Step 8

Tell your students they are going to watch the film again, and that you are going to pause at each scene. Their task is to describe what is happening using the present continuous tense. Give an example such as “a baby is touching his father’s beard.” Show the film again, pause at each scene and help students with vocabulary as necessary. Remember to pause at 01:14

 

Step 9

Show the caption “Touch is a powerful language”. Ask the students if they agree with this statement.

 

Step 10

Tell your students that the short film is in fact an advert for a product. Ask them what product they think is being advertised.

 

Step 11

Show the rest of the film which is an advert for the Huawei Touch mobile phone.

 

Step 12

Ask your students to discuss the following questions:

  • Do you like the film? Why/Why not?
  • Do you think the film is a good advert for a mobile phone? Why/Why not?
  • Do you feel disappointed that the film is an advert?

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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6 thoughts on “Touch

  1. I love your lessons and have been using them for years. Thank you! Is your text book available in the U.S.? I have only seen it on Amazon UK.

  2. I don´t agree with this material. Although the scenes are astonishing, at the end of each video there´s an add ( a phone, Johnnie Walker, etc), which I consider utterly unnecessary while teaching.

    • Dear Nora,
      With regard to your comment “at the end of each video there´s an add (sic)”, I suggest you explore the site more carefully. There are approximately 150 lesson plans, about 10 of which are designed around short films which are adverts, so the vast majority are not ads. In any case, I don’t see anything intrinsically wrong with using ads in the language classroom. The site is completely free, and you are free to use or not use the lessons as you see fit.
      Kieran

    • Nora, what aspect of the ads do you find disturbing? I should think that the value of the lesson plan hugely outbalances the slight inconvenience caused by those ads, ads that we and our students have grown to be able to ignore. Am I right or yes? 🙂

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