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Julio Diaz Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short video by Story Corps in which a young man explains what he did when he was mugged at knifepoint. In the lesson students talk about an imaginary situation, listen to a story, watch a video, speak, and write an account of an incident from another person’s perspective.

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This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short video by Story Corps in which a young man explains what he did when he was mugged at knifepoint. In the lesson students talk about an imaginary situation, listen to a story, watch a video, speak, and write an account of an incident from another person’s perspective.

 

 

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

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Listening, watching a short video, speaking and writing

Topic: Empathy

Language: Second conditional and colloquial words and expressions

 

 

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14 comments on “Julio Diaz Lesson Plan

  1. Throughout the whole exercise students have to think about their attitude towards other people. Which side are you: full of prejudices or are you able to show emphathy towards others.

    I really enjoyed this exercise and tomorrow I will definitely use this during my lesson.

    Except for the language acquisition it also teaches me how I can/must make a difference in my own life and my students’.

    Thank you so much for this lesson.

    I hope you will be one of the speakers at the IATEFL conference in Glasgow. You always inspire me.

    1. Hi Eugenie,

      Thanks very much for commenting. I’m very happy that you like the lesson. Yes, one of the aims of the lesson is to get students to reflect on empathy and the empathetic response of Julio to the teenager.

      Yes, I will be speaking at IATEFL in Glasgow: On Monday 3rd April I’ll be speaking at the Literature SIG Pre-conference Event at 10:30 and the Global Issues SIG Pre-conference Event at 13:55; on Thursday 6th April I’ll be speaking at the main conference at 10:30. I hope you can come.

      All the best,

      Kieran

  2. thanks a lot for this lesson.
    this will inspire most teachers to teach well.

    1. Hi Suryadarma,

      Thanks a lot for commenting. I hope the lesson does inspire other teachers too 🙂

      All the best,

      Kieran

  3. Sally Burton says:

    Hi Kieran,
    Another great English lesson and another fantastic lesson in empathy. Keep up the great work!
    Cheers,
    Sally

    1. Hi Sally,
      Thanks for commenting. Great to know you find the lesson useful.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  4. Thank you so much for this lesson.The video not only inspires us to learn better but most importantly to be better people!It is the lesson that many of us should learn… Thank you!

    1. Hi Andzela,
      A pleasure. I’m just happy you’ve got so much from the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  5. Nigel Bowles says:

    I really like this lesson. The content is incredibly relevant to a teaching situation with young teenagers who don’t always treat each other (or teachers) with much respect and the balance between language input and visual input seems to be just right. I prefer this to some of the silent films which you have posted in the past. I haven’t used it yet but am really looking forward to doing so.

    1. Hi Nigel,
      I’m very happy you like the lessons and I hope your students do too.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  6. Alı Jaber Matin says:

    very attractıve, thought provokıng with vide range of language focuses, thanks for the wonderful job. ı am gonna use this ASAP.

    1. Hi Ali,
      Thanks for the kind words. I hope your students enjoy the lesson.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  7. I’d like to say that the activity is amazing. All the steps are incredibly well prepared. Besides, the vídeo is very beautiful with an important message. Congratulations!

    1. Hi Lucia,
      Thanks very much for the kind words. I’m delighted you like the lesson so much.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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