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My earliest childhood memory…

Posted on October 14, 2016 by kierandonaghy

my earliest childhood memory

This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by 19-year old filmmaker Bethany titled My Earliest Childhood Memory, and, the theme of childhood memories. Students describe their earliest childhood memory and listen to other students describe theirs, watch a short film and reconstruct the narration, and talk about other childhood memories.

 

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, reconstructing a narration, speaking and writing
Topic: Childhood memories
Language: Vocabulary related to childhood and past simple tense
Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: my earliest childhood memory lesson instructions

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Step 1
Write ‘my earliest childhood memory’ on the board. Tell your students one of your earliest childhood memories. For example, I tell my students the following memory:
“I remember being on the beach in Weston-super-Mare, England with my mother, father, and older sister and brother. It was a beautiful sunny day. I remember walking into the sea and trying to swim.”
Encourage your students to ask you questions about your memory.

 

Step 2
Ask your students to tell their partner one of their earliest childhood memories. Their partner asks them questions about their memory.

 

Step 3
Ask students who feel comfortable to tell the rest of the class about their memories and invite questions.

 

Step 4
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film titled My Earliest Childhood Memory in which 3 people describe their earliest childhood memories. Tell them the they are going to watch but not hear the first memory. As they watch they should imagine what the narrator is saying.
Show the film until 00:20.

 

 

Step 5
Pair your students and ask them to discuss what they think the narrator is saying.

 

Step 6
Ask the whole class what they think the narrator is saying.

 

Step 7
Show the film with sound and ask students to compare their narration with what the narrators says.

 

Step 8
Repeat the same procedure for the second memory. Pause at 00:33.

 

Step 9
Repeat the same procedure for the third memory. Pause at 01:20.

 

Step 10
Ask your students if they think the 3 memories are typical of childhood memories.

 

Step 11
Dictate the following questions:
1. What is your most vivid childhood memory?
2. What is your happiest childhood memory?
3. What is your funniest childhood memory?
4. Do you remember your first day at school?
5. Do you have a good memory about a school
friend?
6. Do you have a good memory about a school
teacher?
7. Do you remember when a brother or sister was
born?
8.Are there any smells that bring back a
childhood memory strongly?
9.Are there any songs that bring back a
childhood memory strongly?
10.Do you have any photos which bring back good
childhood memories?

 

Step 12
Students compare their questions. Check that students have written down the correct questions.

 

Step 13
Pair your students. Ask them to choose 6 of the questions to discuss. Students discuss the questions.

 

Step 14
Hold a plenary discussion based on the questions.

 

Homework
Ask students to describe their earliest/most vivid/happiest/funniest childhood memory. Encourage them to use adjectives and adverbs to bring the description to life.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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6 thoughts on “My earliest childhood memory…

  1. Hi, Kieran. I’m going to use this on Monday. It reminds me of a similar lesson plan in NEF Advanced. I am also thinking of a post activity. I’m going to show them several pictures that represent my earliest memory, and they have to guess the story behind them. Then, they’ll have to do the same, sharing their pictures (they can use google images) on the facebook group that we have, and in class or at home, they’ll have to guess their mates’ stories. The final task is what you suggest, they have to tell their own memory using their best English. Thank you so much for this lesson and for everything you share with us.

    • Hi Eva,
      Thanks a lot for commenting and telling how you plan to adapt the materials. Sounds great to me! please let me know how it goes.
      All the best,
      Kieran