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The Other Pair Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short film titled The Other Pair and the themes of altruism and empathy. Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story.

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This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short film titled The Other Pair and the themes of altruism and empathy. Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story.

 

 

Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1)

Learner type: All ages

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, writing a story, and speaking about a story

Topic: Empathy and altruism

Language: Vocabulary related to shoes, narrative tenses

 

 

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27 comments on “The Other Pair Lesson Plan

  1. As always, a great lesson.
    Thank you so much for all the work you put into your lessons.

    I just have one comment about the title of the movie; allow me here to explain since I’m a native speaker of Arabic: it’s not by Farda Shemal. Farda Shemal is a phrase in Arabic and it means “the left shoe” the film is by Sarah Zrek.

    Again, thanks for sharing this lesson.

    1. Hi Ahmad,
      Thanks very much for commenting and your kind words. I’m very sorry about my mistake; I’ve corrected the name of the director.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  2. I love the kindness taught by this film! Thank you for your kindness! ♡

    1. Hi Irina,
      It’s my pleasure 🙂 thanks very much for your kind words.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  3. Cinzia Pagano says:

    Hello Kieran,
    I bought your book in December 2015. I’m starting to use it, no doubt it is rich with useful advice. One question: is it possibile to watch the short films you propose with subtitles for beginners or lower intermediate students? My Kinde regards
    Cinzia

    1. Hi Cinzia,
      Thanks for commenting and for buying my book, much appreciated 🙂
      To answer your question, I’d suggest looking at YouTube and seeing if there are versions of the films with subtitles. i certainly don’t see any problem with using subtitles. I hope this helps.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  4. SACİDE SAKAR says:

    I really liked it ,and l am thinking to use it in one of my lesson.:)

    1. I hope your students like it too, Sacide 🙂

  5. Very touching story of compassion in both directions.

    1. Hi Irene,
      Thanks very much for the kind words which I really appreciate.
      Kieran

  6. Hi Kieran! This film is so touching I had some of my students weeping! It’s also a good moment to revise vocabulary on different types of shoes, when do we wear them, which ones we don’t really find comfortable (flip-flops, for example). And it also leads to a great discussion about rich and poor, contrasts, what other ways of finishing the story are possible, think of different titles… Great, great lesson film. Thanks!

    1. Hi Berta,
      Thanks very much for the kind comments which I really appreciate. I’m very happy your students liked the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  7. Nesreen Yanes says:

    I just would like to thank you. My students loved this lesson and we learned many words related to empathy.

    1. Hi Nesreen,
      I’m very happy your students liked the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  8. Hello, Kieran!
    I used your lesson for my classes yesterday and kids liked it! They became involved and sympathized with the boys, even gave them advice while watching. At the end they told me that this story is a fiction, far from reality. When I told them it is based on a real life event they were surprised.
    Thank you so much for your work. It was my first time with your site.

    1. Hi Inna,
      Thanks very much for the kind comments which I really appreciate. I’m very happy your students liked the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  9. Hello Kieran,
    I find this video and the accompanying exercises very useful and very interesting.I am sure that my students will feel touched and will work on the different exercises wholeheartedly.
    Congratulations!

    1. Hi Amel,
      Thanks very much for commenting. I hope your students enjoy the lesson too.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  10. Thank you for this lesson plan and the video, my students were really involved and when I asked them how they felt after watching the film, some of them answered “lucky” which I didn’t expect: they are 14 so I had imagined feelings like sad or happy- ok now I was touched!

    1. Hi Sabina,
      Thanks very much for commenting. I’m delighted you and your students enjoyed the film and got so much out of the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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