This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by Project Literacy and the theme of literacy. Students discuss problems related to illiteracy, practise vocabulary related to illiteracy, watch a short film, read a transcript,and watch and discuss a promotional video for a literacy campaign.
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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Discussing problems related to illiteracy, watching a short film, reading a transcript, watching and discussing a video
Language: Vocabulary related to illiteracy
Materials: Short film, transcript and short video
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Write illiterate on the board.
Elicit or explain that it is an adjective which describes a person who cannot read or write.
Put your students into pairs and ask them to think of all the problems an illiterate person might face throughout their life. Give them some ideas such as:
“An illiterate child isn’t able to pass exams at school.”
“An illiterate person can’t do a lot of jobs because they can’t read or write.”
“An illiterate person can’t vote in an election.”
Give them 10 minutes to come up with problems.
Hold a plenary session on the problems faced by illiterate people; write up the most typical problems students come up with and discuss each problem.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short video titled The Alphabet of Illiteracy. As they watch they should try to identify each of the problems faced by illiterate people illustrated in the film. Show the film.
Give the students a few minutes to compare their answers with a partner.
Show the film again.
Get feedback from the whole class on the problems they could identify.
Give students the transcript and ask them to read it. Help them with vocabulary as necessary.
Show the video again, pause at each problem and briefly discuss it.
Now show the students the complete Alphabet of Illiteracy at the following website:
Go through the alphabet and explain any vocabulary as necessary, but don’t click on any of the letters.
Explain that the video and alphabet are part of a campaign called Project Literacy to help fight against illiteracy. Tell them they are going to watch a short video which promotes the campaign.
As they watch they should think about the following questions:
- Is it an effective video? Why/why not?
- Do you like the video? Why/why not?
- How does the video make you feel?
Show the video.
Hold a plenary session based on the questions in the previous step.
Give the students the link to the Project Literacy website http://www.projectliteracy.com/abc
Ask them to choose 5 problems. They should click on each letter, find out more information about each problem and write a report on the 5 problems they have selected.
I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.