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A Single Life

Posted on January 3, 2018 by kierandonaghy

This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Job, Joris & Marieke and the theme of stages of life. In the lesson students practise vocabulary related to the stages of life, discuss stages of life, watch a short film, and speak and write about it.

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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: Stages of life

Language: Vocabulary related to childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: a single life lesson instructions

Step 1

Ask your students the following question:

 

“What are the different stages of life?”

 

Put your students into pairs and give them 1 minute to come up with as many stages of life as they can.

 

Step 2

Elicit or explain the following stages of life:

 

birth; childhood; adolescence; adulthood; parenthood; middle age; old age; death

 

Step 3

In small groups ask them to discuss the following questions:

  • What emotions do you associate with each stage of life?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the following stages of life: childhood; adolescence; adulthood; parenthood; and old age?

 

Step 4

Hold a plenary session designed around the questions from the previous stage.

 

Step 5

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film about the different stages of life. As they watch they should try to identify the different stages and also identify the objects which represent each stage.

Show the film twice and then get students to compare their responses.

 




 

A Single Life from Job, Joris & Marieke on Vimeo.

 

Step 6

Show the film a third time. This time pause at each stage of life and ask students to identify it and the objects which represent it.

 

Step 7

In pairs ask your students do discuss the following questions:

  • Why do you think the film is called “A Single Life”?
  • What’s the film’s message?
  • How does the film make you feel?

 

Step 8

Hold a plenary discussion based on the questions form the previous stage.

 

Homework

1. Give your students a link to the film. Ask them to watch it at home and write the story the film telling starting with the words:

“Once upon a time, there was a woman called Pia …”

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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8 thoughts on “A Single Life

  1. Thanks, Kieran! Another great lesson! Perhaps another interesting question to ask the class to think about at the end of the class or for homework might be: ‘Where would you place the needle on your record? And why?’ (This may perhaps be more appropriate for an adult class) 🙂

  2. Hello,
    I have just watched the film and I am … dumbfounded. It’s brilliant. Thank you very much! It’s a pity I teach young learners (6-12 y.o.) and I can’t really use this excellent material.
    Thanks again!

    • Hi Liana,

      I’m delighted you like the lesson and film so much. Perhaps you could adapt the lesson for your students by just asking them to name the stages of life and then watching the film and pausing at each stage of life and going through the objects that appear.

      All the best,

      Kieran

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