What teens are thankful for. Mind the Gap. This EFL lesson plan is designed around a moving and poignant short film by Luke Flanagan titled Mind the Gap.
Students watch the first part of the film speculate and predict how it is going to end, read an article and talk about the film and article. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Saving Grace. This EFL lesson is designed around a short film called Saving Grace by Toad’s Caravan commissioned by the charity Mary’s Meals which provides 860,000 free meals every school day to hungry children.
Saving Grace tells the story of 10-year old orphan Grace, who lives in poverty in Malawi. Grace has to forage and beg for food for her and her siblings, and as a result, can’t go to school. Be Happy. This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short video which was inspired by Be Happy: A Little Book to Help You Live a Happy Life by Monica Sheehan.
Students speak and write about happiness, and watch a short video. Remember that Individual Membership and Institutional Membership of Film English Club allow unlimited access to all Film English Club lesson plans, viewing guides and other teaching material. Upgrade to Film English Club Step 1 Write “Things that make me happy” on the board. Swimming in the sea. Being with my daughters. Drinking coffee in a terrace. Reading a novel in bed at night. Waking up late at the weekend. Explain to your students why each thing makes you happy. Step 2 Tell your students that you would like them to write 5 sentences about things that make them happy; they should use the gerund as the subject in each sentence. Step 3 Put your students into pairs and tell them to show their sentences to their partner.
Step 4 Put your students into groups of 3 or 4 students. Step 5. Mr. Happy Man. This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film by Matt Morris about Johnny Barnes, an 88-year-old Bermudian who dedicates his life to making people happy.
Students practise speaking, listening and writing. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1)- Advanced (C1) Learner type: Mature teens and adults Time: 90 minutes. The Seven Best Short Films for ELT Students - Kieran Donaghy.
I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for six years.
Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of engaging and simple short films which will work in the ELT classroom. In this article I’d like to share what for me are the seven best short films for the language classroom. The Mirror The Mirror is a short film by Ramon and Pedro which tells the story of a boy’s journey from childhood to old age. The Notebook The notebook is a moving short film by Greg Gray and is wonderful for introducing the theme of empathy.
Dial Direct “The Notebook” directed by Greg Gray from Velocity on Vimeo. The Present The Present is a gripping short film with a wonderful twist by Jacob Frey which deals with the themes of empathy, teenagers and disablity. The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo. Theos-story-lesson-instructions. Same but different - Theo's Story. Theo’s Story. This EFL lesson plan is based on Theo’s Story, a beautiful short film about a visually impaired ten-year old boy, by director David Barnes who has created a series of portraits that tell the story of different children with a range of disabilities.
Choice. Inseparable. This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film called Inseparable by Nick White and the theme of relationships.
Students practise using prefixes, predict a story, watch a short film, write 2 short conversations and a narrative. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. 365 Grateful. This EFL lesson is designed around a project and short film by Hailey Bartholomew titled 365 Grateful.
In January 2008, in an effort to fight depression, Hailey started a year long photographic project which involved taking one Polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. Students write sentences about what they are grateful for, watch a short film, discuss gratitude, and create their own gratitude project. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Soulmate. This EFL lesson plan is designed around a beautiful short film and interactive questionnaire by Arturo Perez and the theme of soulmates.
Students discuss love and soulmates, watch a short film and listen for specific information, and answer an interactive questionnaire to discover the possibilities of finding their soulmate. Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2) – Advanced (C1) By Kieran Donaghy. Kindness. This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Thought Bubble , and the theme of kindness.
Students practise using vocabulary related to character, listening and speaking. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2.1) Learner type: Teens and adults Time: 60 minutes. "Look Up" by Gary Turk.