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How to be alone


This ESL lesson is designed around a short film by artist and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman, a poem by Tanya Davies, and the theme of being alone. Students talk about being alone, give advice about being alone, watch a short film, answer comprehension questions, read a poem, discuss the meaning of a poem, analyse a short film and reflect on the lesson.

Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Mature teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Talking about being alone, giving advice about being alone, watching a short film, answering comprehension questions, reading a poem, discussing the meaning of a poem, analysing a short film and reflecting on the lesson

Topic: Being alone

Language: Should, shouldn’t, ought to and imperative form, and vocabulary related to being alone


Watch the short film.