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Vocabulary 1

Posted on September 26, 2016 by kierandonaghy

vocabulary-1

This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film called Vocabulary 1 by Becky James. In the lesson students write and tell a story, watch a short film and reconstruct the story it tells.

 

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Language level: Elementary (A1)– Intermediate (B1)

Learner type: All ages

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Writing and telling a story, watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Storytelling

Language: Vocabulary related to houses, past simple tense

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: vocabulary 1 lesson instructions

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Step 1

Dictate the following words:

Snake Window Butterfly Lamp

Fence Table House Bookshelf

Toast Chair Cup Kettle

Toothbrush Rope Mirror Door

 

Step 2

Elicit or explain the meaning of each word. Go through the pronunciation.

 

Step 3

Tell your students they are going to write a story using the past simple in which they have to use all the items of vocabulary. Give them an example of how the story could start, such as:

“Once upon a time there was a beautiful green snake who lived in a big, old house. One day the snake got up and brushed her teeth. She went into the kitchen, turned on the kettle and made a cup of tea. Then she made some toast and put butter and jam on it. She put the cup of tea and toast on a table, sat on a chair and looked out of the window and saw a yellow butterfly …”

Give students 10 minutes to write their stories.

 

Step 4

Pair your students and ask them to read out their stories to their partner.

 

Step 5

Hold a plenary session and try to find the most creative/funniest/weirdest story. Next try to find out any common elements in their stories.

 

Step 6

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film which shows a story in which all of the items of vocabulary are seen. As they watch their task is to try to understand and remember the story.

Show the film.

 

Vocabulary 1 from Becky James on Vimeo.

 

Step 7

In their pairs students try to retell the story.

 

Step 8

Ask the whole class to reconstruct the story.

 

Step 9

Tell your students they are going to watch the film again. This time they should check if their reconstructed story was correct.

 

Step 10

Get your students to retell the story again.

 

Step 11

Ask your students if there were any similarities between their stories and the story shown in the film.

 

Homework

If you use a coursebook which has pages of vocabulary with illustrations or photos of the target vocabulary, choose 2 pages at random and select 10 words from each page. Dictate the 20 words and tell your students that their homework is to write a story which uses all the items of vocabulary. If you don’t use a coursebook with pages of illustrated vocabulary, choose 10 words from one subject area you are going to study and 10 from another, and follow the same procedure outlined above.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

 

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12 thoughts on “Vocabulary 1

  1. Kieran, I wanted you to know that I just purchased your book via Amazon. Very pleased! I have shared your resource with my grad students who are planning to teach in the bilingual/TESOL field and my own elementary English learners. My younger students are learning to write about a “small moment” in their lives by viewing “The Boy Who Learned to Fly.” Cultural relevance and a strong story line for my students to write about Usain Bolt first, then another person, and finally-themselves!

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment. Thanks too for buying Film in Action; I’m very happy you like it. Great to know you and your students find the materials useful.
      All the best,
      Kieran

    • Hi Tess,

      I’m extremely busy and obviously haven’t got time to look into these types of problems. All I know is that the short film is working perfectly on Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer. I’d suggest trying it on another browser.

      Regards,

      Kieran

  2. Hi Kieran;

    I have been following you for a long time and really appreciate your works which inspire me all the time in my teaching career. I absolutely want to purchase your book but as I live in Turkey, I cannot buy it via Amazon. Is it possible for us to buy the e-book version? I would be really glad if we have a chance to do so.

    Best wishes!

    • Hi Gamze,
      I’m very happy you like the lessons. Unfortunately, there isn’t an ebook at the moment, However, there will be one in a year or so. I’ll keep you posted.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  3. Hi, Kieran
    Thank you for being so creative and inspiring. That was the best lesson I ever had in my teaching practice. I did it with my business english students in the context of rivalry and fair competition. We had lots of fun. 🙂

  4. Hi Kieran,
    Thanks for the great vocab lesson! I’ve used it with my B1 and B2 students for practising story – telling strategies(the first set of pictures for oral pair work) and story writing (their own possible endings after watching the first part). The focus was on using adjectives to make the stories interesting;complex sentences, and linking words to order the events. We all had fun! The unpredictable turning of events is awesome! Thanks again!