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What if?

Posted on June 2, 2017 by kierandonaghy

This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film titled What if? created by Anna Whitcher and Kieran Donaghy for the Visual Arts Circle with graphics and animation by EMC Design, and the theme of video creation. Students show choose and their own video, talk about video creation, watch a short film, complete a video transcript, watch a promotional video for a video creation competition and create a promotional video for their own institution.

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

Learner type: All ages

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Students show their own video, talking about video creation, watching a short film, speaking and creating a promotional video for their institution

Topic: Video creation

Language: Vocabulary related to video creation and first conditional

Materials: Short film, video, and transcript

Downloadable materials: what if_ lesson instuctions     what if transcript     video-making-competition

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Step 1

For homework ask your students to select a video they have created on their mobile phone and to bring it to the next class.

 

Step 2

In the following class ask each student to show their short video to a partner, and to explain why they made the video, why they made it and why it’s important to them.

 

Step 3

Ask your students what they think the benefits of creating videos are.

 

Step 4

Tell your students they are going to watch a short video titled What if? Which examines the role of video creation in education. As they watch they should try to understand the video’s message and see if any of the benefits they spoke about are mentioned in the video. Show the video.

 

What If? from Visual Arts Circle on Vimeo.

 

Step 5

Pair your students and ask them to summarise what they understood about the video’s message.

 

Step 6

Get feedback from the whole class on what they have understood.

 

Step 7

Tell your students they are going to watch the video again. This time they should try to complete the 8 sentences which all begin with the words ‘What if …’.

Play the video twice.

 

Step 8

Put your students into small groups and ask them to try to reconstruct the transcript.

 

Step 9

Give your students the transcript and ask them to compare it with their own.

 

Step 10

Hold a plenary discussion on the message of the video.

 

Step 11

Tell your students about a video-making competition organised by a Polish university in which students from around the world create videos that show a day in the life of students in their country. Show this video created by students at a Polish university as an example of the type of video they could create.

 

Step 12
If your students are interested in participating give show them this poster and them the following information:

Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland is running an international video competition.
We would like to invite high school students and university students to create a 3-minute video on the topic: ‘A day in the life of …(nationality)… students’.

The task is to record a video to show the way of life of typical students in their hometown. Students can choose the whole day, starting from the morning till the evening or a typical school day.

There are two categories: high school students and university students.

The deadline for the video entries is on 8th October 2017.
The winners will be announced on 20 November 2017.

Entry assessment will be done in two stages:
1. 10 best films will be selected in 2 categories of the competition (10 films in each category) by the jury appointed by the Organiser.

Composition of the jury in the 1st stage of the competition:

Anna Stachurska
Magdalena Dygała
Iwona Gryz
Karolina Ditrych
Krzysztof Czaban

2. In the second stage of the competition, the Organizer will appoint a group of experts in the field of teaching, who will select 2 (out of 10) winning video entries in two age categories.
Composition of the jury in the 2nd stage of the competition:

Małgorzata Warmińska
Kieran Donaghy
Jon Hird
John Hughes
Rob Howard

Students upload their videos onto a video-sharing site (YouTube or Vimeo, etc.)and send the links to video.contest2017@uthrad.pl

The judging criteria:
– 30 points: topic
– 30 points: creativity
– 30 points: emotional value
– 10 points: technical excellence
Sum: 100 points

PRIZES:
1st prize (high school) : A gift card with a value of not less than 150 euros, a board game REGIPIO – Travel with English, books and gadgets from the publishers: Oxford University Press and Express Publishing.

1st prize (university) : A gift card with a value of not less than 150 euros, a board game REGIPIO – Beat about the bush in business, books and gadgets from the publishers: Oxford University Press and Express Publishing.
The international video competition is aimed at meeting the following goals:
– provide an opportunity for students from different countries to demonstrate their way of life in an international video competition against their peers.
– choosing the most original video which shows a typical day of students in their hometown.
– encourage students to be creative.
– to show students’ talents.
– encourage students to use technologies.

Coordinator of the project: Magdalena Dygała
video.contest.uth@gmail.com

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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2 thoughts on “What if?

  1. Thank you for the great lesson. Since I’m on vacation now, I can’t wait to try this lesson with my teenage learners. I think they gonna love creating their own videos.
    Thanks again 🙂

    • Hi Ahmed,
      Thanks very much for commenting. I hope your students enjoy creating their videos. Please share them here 🙂
      All the best,
      Kieran