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Fear of Flying Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short film titled Fear of Flying and the theme of fears. Students write sentences, dictate sentences, speak, and watch a short film.

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Dictation, speaking, writing and watching a short film

Topic: Fears

Language: Adjective + prepositions

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This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short film titled Fear of Flying and the theme of fears. Students write sentences, dictate sentences, speak, and watch a short film.

 

 

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Dictation, speaking, writing and watching a short film

Topic: Fears

Language: Adjective + prepositions

 

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40 comments on “Fear of Flying Lesson Plan

  1. Thank you very much for one more wonderful lesson plan!

    1. Hi Anna,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words.I’m really happy you enjoy the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. Maria Borbandi says:

    Congratulations you on your themes,as well as your lecture plans.As soon as I get them,I immediately listen to them.They are interesting and really useful.
    Thank you,
    Maria

    1. Hi Maria,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words.I’m really happy you enjoy the lessons.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  3. Thanks for sharing! I have been looking for something to finish a few classes focusing on gerunds V infinitives and this is a beautiful way to reinforce what we’ve learnt. And seasonal to boot! I’m trying to overcome my technophobia and use youTube regularly in class but don’t know how to use Vimeo in the same way – ie being able to save it to a memory stick. I wonder if any others teachers may be able to advise??? Many thanks Kieran (and the EFL community)

    1. Hi Helen,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words.I’m really happy you enjoy the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  4. One of my favorite resources,quality of videos is amazing. Thank you very much for sharing.

    1. Hi Gema,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words.I’m really happy you enjoy the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  5. with fear can not go forward

    1. Hi Ghasem,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  6. Thank you for amazing audio visual lessons! They are extremely interesting and really useful.

    1. Hi Steve,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words.I’m really happy you enjoy the lessons.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  7. Aileen Hansing says:

    I have used this lovely short film and associated lesson ideas with a number of different groups in different age ranges and it has gone down very well with all.

    Some other approaches which worked well:
    – creating a narrative (group exercise using a laptop and projector) to go along with the film – joining sentences, descriptive language, emotion and tension – then reading the newly created “story” aloud to the group while watching the film;
    – capturing the plot of the film in the present tense then transposing into the past;
    – mix and match exercise with adjectives and prepositions then use the combinations as sentence starters to practice using the gerund.

    I only discovered this site recently but am a great fan of using media in my lessons. I have also successfully used the Coca Cola ad with different groups. Many thanks for the inspiration and I will be back!

    Aileen

    1. Hi Aileen,
      Thanks a lot for commenting and for your kind words. I really like your take on using the film and the materials.
      All the best,
      Kieran

    2. Vincent Peeters says:

      Hi Aileen,
      I also like your take on the material. Could you tell me a bit more about what it was exactly that you had the pupils do while creating a narrative?

      1. Aileen Hansing says:

        Hi Vincent,
        I took different approaches, depending on the group. In most cases I firstly brainstormed with the group the key elements and techniques of descriptive writing, then took control of the keyboard and prompted them to tell me the story line by line with more or less guidance and input from me depending on the level of the group. At the end of the workshop I turned down the sound and read them the story they had written while they watched the film.

        With a group of younger students we first wrote the basic story on the board in the present tense then I had them first transpose it into the past tense on the laptop, then work as a group to ensure correct spelling and grammar and to make it descriptive. In this case I let them take turns at the keyboard.

        1. Vincent Peeters says:

          Thank you for sharing,
          maybe I’ll try this in one of my lessons

  8. My B1 students (45 – 71 years old)absolutely loved this lesson. Thanks Kieran, once again, for sharing an excellent lesson with us. Standing ovation from Switzerland!!

    1. Hi Sharon,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words. I’m really happy that you and your students enjoyed the lessons so much.
      All the best,
      Kieran

    2. Hi Sharon,
      It’s a pleasure. I’m just glad you and you students liked the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  9. Dear Kieran,
    Thank you for the films. I have used ” Fear of Flying ” with my students . It was a great help. I was looking for something that would encourage the students to speak about fear of flying ( that was the topic in one of the textbooks) The stdents watched it with pleasure and discussed the problems connected with the topic.
    Neli

    1. Hi Neli,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m really happy your students enjoyed the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  10. Elizabeth Marques Coui says:

    This is the first time I am watching this video. I loved it and the ideas you suggested for the activities are really good. I am going to use the video and some of the activities with 9th graders in a private school in Brazil.I would like to have more material like that to show the youngest pupils. I will send my activity as soon as I use it with my students. Elizabeth

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Thanks for the kind words and for the link to the nice video. I hope your students enjoy the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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