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Kenzo World

Posted on May 23, 2017 by kierandonaghy

This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short video by Spike Jonze for Kenzo World. In the lesson students practise vocabulary related to movement of the face and body, watch a video, recall details of the video and speak.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Dancing and adverts

Language: Vocabulary related to movements of the face and body

Materials: Short film

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Step 1

Write “ways of moving the face and body” on the board. Elicit or explain some examples such as:

To jump; to wink; to raise your eyebrows; to hop; to leap.

 

Step 2

Put your students into pairs and ask them to come up with as many examples as they can. Set a time limit of 3 minutes.

 

Step 3

Get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 4

If students haven’t come up with the following verbs, elicit them by demonstrating them. It’s probably best not to try to do a somersault, handstand or back flip!

Face

To wink, to blink, to open your mouth wide, to lick, to stick your tongue out, to raise your eyebrows, to roll your eyes, to grimace, to grin.

Body

To dance, to kick, to punch, to beat your chest, to put your hands on your hips, to stroll, to march, a shake an arm, to clap, to do a handstand, to crawl, to leap, to do a somersault, to do a back flip, to fall backwards, to raise your hands above your head, to shake your body, to punch, to run up stairs, to stomp, to tiptoe.

 

Step 5

Tell your students they are going to watch a short video in which they will see a young woman perform a number of movements. As they watch they should try to think of the name of each movement. Show the video. Pause at 03:44.

KENZO WORLD from Heidi Bivens on Vimeo.

 

Step 6

Pair your students. Ask them to tell their partner the movements they remember.

 

Step 7

Get feedback from the whole class on the movements they can remember. Ask them to demonstrate each movement.

 

Step 8

Tell your students they are going to watch the video again. This time you are going to pause at each movement and ask them to describe what she is doing.

 

Step 9

Tell your students that the video is in fact an ad. Put them into small group and ask them to speculate about what the video is advertising.

 

Step 10

Hold a whole class discussion on what the video is advertising. Finally tell them it is an ad for a perfume.

 

Step 11

In their groups ask them to discuss the following questions:

  • Do you think the ad is effective? Why/why not?
  • Why do you think the film director decided to make this kind of film to advertise a perfume?
  • What words would you use to describe the ad?

 

Step 12

Hold a whole class discussion based on the questions from the previous stage.

 

Homework

  1. Give your students a link to the film. Ask them to watch the video at home and write a narrative using the present simple tense to describe what the young woman does.
  2. Give you students a link to this interactive video quiz at iSLCollective and ask them to complete it for homework.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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4 thoughts on “Kenzo World

  1. Powerful – a great way to learn vocab and express ideas using the ‘shock ‘ factor!!!!!!!

  2. Cheers – fantastic plan, as ever!

    I actually used this same video a little while back as part of a lesson I put together off the back of ‘The 10 Best Ads of 2016’ according to Adweek (hardly surprising that this video made the list – it’s wonderfully off the wall!). However, I love the way you’ve linked it with vocabulary related to movements of the face and body – it’s a great development and uses the content really effectively beyond the blatantly wacky scope of the video itself.

    If anyone is interested, the aforementioned ‘top 10’ can be found here: http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/10-best-ads-2016-175000/. Needless to say, there are some absolute gems on there to follow up on.

    Thanks again for this plan (and many others!) – looking forward to the course in July!

    • Hi Ben,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m really happy you like the lesson. I’ll check out the ads links.
      Looking forward to meeting you in July 🙂
      All the best,
      Kieran