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‘The Black Hole’ Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson is designed around a short film called The Black Hole directed by Philip Sansom and Olly Williams, and the themes of black holes, money and greed.

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This ESL lesson is designed around a short film called The Black Hole directed by Philip Sansom and Olly Williams, and the themes of black holes, money and greed.



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

Learner type:Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, practising money expressions and speaking

Topic: Black holes, money and greed

Language: Money expressions and second conditional



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16 comments on “‘The Black Hole’ Lesson Plan

  1. Silvana Turcinovich Petercol says:

    The topic of money is a very important one. I like the video you chose and the exercises you made, thanks for sharing. I think that my lessons will be better with your help.

    1. Hi Silvana,
      Thanks a lot for your kind comments, I’m really glad you like the lesson.
      All the best,

  2. Another solid lesson, Kieran. Do you have a link to the images in step 6, or am I missing something? Thanks.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      Thanks alot. There should be Slideshare application with the slides, if it’s not showing on your browswer here’s the link to Slideshare:

      All the best,


  3. aisha ertugrul says:

    EXCELLENT! All of it. You would hear a pin drop with my seventh graders. Great genre for boys. Actually, I think I’ll call my 16 year old son to watch and write another story about a black hole like this. Fab.

    1. Hi Aisha,
      Thanks a lot. I’m really happy the lesson worked well, and that your students enjoyed it.. I thought it would work well with younger learners. I hope your son likes it!
      All the best,

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  5. Honestly, these lesson are wonderful. Thank you dearly for providing such a invaluable resource for teachers. My students are loving them, and they provide such a great oppotunity for them to think outside the box.

    Mike in Thailand.

    1. Hi Mike,
      Thanks a lot for your kind comments, I really appreciate them. I’m really happy that you find the resources useful and that your students enjoy them so much, great to hear. thanks for your support.
      All the best,

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  7. Hi Kieran,
    Another very nice lesson thank you.

    PS I thought others might like to know that I extended the lesson by adding in a part on abstract nouns. I basically got to the end of your lesson and then directed them back to some of the nouns contained in the money expressions (happiness, power, evil) and went on from there.

    1. Hi Liz,

      Thanks a lot for commenting and for the great feedback. I really like the way you extended the lesson, sounds great.

      All the best,


  8. Thank you for this lesson. I tried it with an Advanced class, using the topic of money as a discussion point for new/ recycled vocab, and also with a weak Intermediate class, where I went straight into a personalised activity to practise 2nd conditional “If I had a black hole, I would….” It worked better with the latter – more structure, and they were more stretched by the material. Thanks again!

  9. Great lesson plan, thanks. I’m going to use it as a set-up class another class on movie reviews. Many thanks 🙂
    PS. you should considering adding a Flattr button to your website!

    1. Hi Keir,
      Thanks for the kind words. I’ve already got a PayPal donate button if anyone would like to donate to the site!
      All the best,

  10. Thanks for this! I used it during a winter camp for gifted and talented students and it generated some interesting discussion, as well as teaching them lots of expressions about money.

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