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Signs Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson plan is designed around a beautiful short film called Signs by Patrick Hughes about communication. Students speak about communication, describe a photo, watch and discuss a short film and write a composition about improving their communication.

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Speaking about communication, describing a photo, watching a short film and writing a composition

Topic: Communication

Language: Vocabulary related to communication

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This ESL lesson plan is designed around a beautiful short film called Signs by Patrick Hughes about communication. Students speak about communication, describe a photo, watch and discuss a short film and write a composition about improving their communication.

 

 

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Speaking about communication, describing a photo, watching a short film and writing a composition

Topic: Communication

Language: Vocabulary related to communication

 

 

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24 comments on “Signs Lesson Plan

  1. Hi,
    I’ve used this Schweppes advertisement, its fun to pick the product placement.

    1. Hi Jock, I have asked students to say what the product placing is, they often get it on the second viewing.
      Cheers,
      Kieran

  2. This worked really well with my Advanced adults. Lots of discussion about different types of communication and you’re right, it is a beautiful film. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Steve, thanks a lot, I’m really glad your students liked it. It’s a great short film.
      Cheers,

      Kieran

  3. Saro Rosales says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas. The film is really nice, I’m thinking of using with my students at the beginning of next year, to make them think about how we communicate.

    1. Hi Saro,
      Thanks a lot. Let me know how it goes. It’s worked really well with my students, and other teachers have told me it’s gone down well with their students.
      Take care,
      Kieran

  4. Thank you so much for Your site! For the films, you find for your lesson plans! It’s hard to find the words to describe how I feel watching them. They are not just educating stuff, but a kind of delicious award for students, that should be gained!

    1. Hi Elena,
      Thank you for your lovely words. It’s great to know that you and your students find the less enjoyable and useful.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  5. Hi Kieran,
    Your blog looks absolutely incredible and very inspiring. – thank you. I am planning to use this video on communication with my advanced class (C2) and I’m adding a grammar angle using wish / if only. I will let you know my students’ responses and how the lesson goes. Many thanks and congratulations!
    Rachel

  6. There is a Chinese version (still with English signs though) which I am hoping will create even more discussion. Eg. What are the differences between the films? Which one do you prefer and why? Etc.. 🙂

    1. Hi Mike,
      I’ll check out the video, thanks for letting me know.
      Cheers,
      Kieran

  7. Hi Kieran,
    I’m really excited about using this lesson tomorrow for my Upper Int/Advanced Special Topics class. The lesson plan looks brilliant and I know my students will love it.
    Your site is amazing and I’ll be using it regularly,
    Thanks you,
    Suzi B, London.

    1. Hi Suzi,
      Thanks a lot for commenting; I’m really glad you like the site, I hope your students enjoy the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  8. Chris Bohlander says:

    Kieran,
    My students loved this video. I ended up using it with A1 students in a lesson that reviewed daily routines. The thrust of the lesson was to practice “to be going to” to predict what they will do next. In fact,I used this idea for the final project of an Internet tools class. My final project is at this link. Let e know what you think of it. http://chrisseceg.posterous.com/

    1. Hi Chris,
      I’m really happy yoor students enjoyed the video. I’ve checked out the final project and it’s really good. Congratulations!
      All the best,
      Kieran

  9. Hello,
    I’m teaching in China where your website is blocked. I see it through a proxy at home but have no way to access the film at school. I was wondering if there is a way to get a copy of the film so that I can use the entire lesson plan.

    I’d appreciate your advice.

    Thanks and regards,
    John

    1. Hi John,
      You can download a video downloader such as this one:

      http://anytubedownloader.com/

      You download the software, install it and then you can download any video on the Internet and put it on a pendrive and use it in class. I hope that helps.
      Cheers,
      Kieran

  10. Very good lesson! Today i am working with it. Thank U very much!

    1. Hi Katarzyna,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words. I’m really happy you like the lesson so much and I hope your students do too.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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