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Task Description
In this interactive ESL video lesson students will practice vocabulary chunks through prediction tasks, visual and basic listening comprehension tasks. Besides, pupils will also get a chance to use the newly learnt chunks to create their own sentences and express their ideas. I think it is most suited from intermediate level and higher.
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Scene summary
A grandma comes up with a plan. She wants her grandson included in her plan. The theme is the afterlife but it's not heavy viewing at all. On the contrary, it is an uplifting story. I cut out the first minute of the movie and the rolling credits to make sure you don't run out of class time. Now the net viewing time is around 10 minutes. If you want the full film, click on its Youtube link below.
Video length
9 minutes 48 seconds
Video genre
Short films
Language goals
Vocabulary practice
Other pedagogical goals
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1)
Student type
This resource is intended for:Adults, High schoolers
High schoolers
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Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Choose the correct options.
Which is more likely to be true?
He feels like a weirdo.
He feels weirded out.
2. Guess the end.
What exactly weirds him out?
3. Guess the end.
They are left alone now. Guess what subject she is going to bring up (=start talking about).
4. Guess the end.
Why did she bring up the fact that she is dying? Guess and we will find out soon.
5. Unmix the sentence.
6. Choose the correct options.
Why did they need to work out such a complicated handshake?
So it's absolutely special.
So it's more fun to do it.
So it's hard to remember.
7. Unmix the sentence.
8. Guess the end.
Why do you think he is smiling? Hint: "work out" will be a useful word.
9. Choose the correct options.
What do they mean when they say this? "Do you think we got it? - I think we got it".
It's time to take a little pause from rehearsing.
They think they have memorized the handshake
10. Correct the wrong word.
When she is in a close-on she is blowing a kiss to the camera.
11. Guess the end.
What do you think will happen next?
Lesson Plan
1. Tell the class that they are going to watch a 10-minute film about a grandma and a grandson. You will stop the video a few times and the class will make guesses about what will happen next, and think about the characters' feelings and motivations. There will be a lot of 'chunks' in this lesson, which will be the focus of this lesson. But what are chunks?
2. Chunks are words that go together very frequently. There are words in the language (in every language) that often go together, while they never go together with other words that have similar meanings. For example, we say 'heavy rain' to describe a torrential rain when a lot of water comes down, but native speakers never say 'big rain' or 'large rain', although the meaning would be absolutely clear. Yet, no. 'Big rain' or 'large rain' are not word combinations you will hear from native speakers. So if you want to sound like a native speaker, you will need to learn chunks. Best of all, chunks not only help you with sounding more natural but they also help you speak faster and more fluently: it's easier for your brain to recall (=think of) five chunks in a sentence than twenty individual words. For example, "I have lot on my plate these days but call me up next week and we'll grab a bite. 'I have a lot on my plate' means I am super busy, I have a lot of responsibilities or a lot of troubles. 'These days' means recently. 'Call me up' means phone me. 'Next week' is another chunk. 'Grab a bite' means eat out in a restaurant. Now students will be more likely to appreciate what you are about to teach them in this class, and hopefully their minds will be more tuned to noticing the chunks they will be coming across.
3. I don't think there is a need to pre-teach any of the words in the lesson as all of them either become clear from the context or are explained on-the-fly, often as part of the questions/instructions.
4. Now you are ready to start the video. Tell students that the title is 'Next life'. (Note: Because there are some prediction questions, I don't recommend showing the movie in full before doing the quiz since that would ruin these questions.)
Follow-up tasks
1. I think this is such a touching touching, spritual story that everyone can relate to who has or had grandparents they love. So hopefully students will be open to sharing their thoughts and feelings about the short film. And if you're lucky you can use this as a springboard to discussing deeper topics like what happens after death.
Discussion questions
1. How would you describe the relationship of grandma and grandson?
2. How do you think working out this secret handshake made them feel while the grandma was still alive?
3. What do you think will happen next at the end of the film? Explain your opinion.
4. Do you believe in reincarnation (=being born again and again)? Why yes or why no?
5. Asking those who believe in reincarnation: Can you imagine that we meet our loved ones in our next lives?
6. Do you think we can be reincarnated as animals, e.g. dog, horse, ant?
7. Do you think a woman can be reincarnated as a man and vice versa?
Vocabulary list
weirdo (n.)
a person who behaves strangely
to be/feel weirded out
= to be uneasy, awkward. You can also say: something is weirding him out
to savor every bite
taste and enjoy food to the maximum
to bring up sg
to start talking about a subject
to work out sg.
to come up with, to invent, to create
What's that for?
What is the purpose?
so they ...
the point is that they ...
impending death
near death, 'impending' means 'about to happen soon', 'coming', upcoming' (other frequent combos: impending doom, impending disaster). A synonym for 'impending' is 'imminent'.
will (n.)
a legal document about someone's final wishes about their possessions
the two of them
they (useful when it's not entirely clear who you are referring to)
absolutely special, with nothing that is similar
That's the whole point.
That is the whole purpose.
to rehearse
to practise a play, piece of music, etc.
We got it.
We're finished/ready
close-up (n.)
If you zoom in on something with your camera, you're doing a close-up.
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